• SYST3103
  • Systems Integration

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Mechanical and Design Engineering

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Module Description

This module introduces the learner to various elements and technologies that make up the Computer Integrated Manufacturing environment. It includes components and anatomies of integration as well as integration techniques. The module provides the learner with the opportunity of developing an appreciation for the importance of selecting appropriate measurement methods, as well as suitable hardware and software, when attempting to integrate a manufacturing process. Knowledge Breadth: In this module the learner will study Computer Integrated Manufacturing for modern manufacturing environments. It looks at the different types of manufacturing and their requirements. The principle operations of an Integrated Manufacturing System, applications, equipment, software and networks. Kind: Knowledge of manufacturing systems, system requirements, equipment, software, planning and design. Know-How and Skill Range: The criteria for choosing solutions to integration problems. Selectivity: The learner will be capable of selecting the appropriate hardware and software to carryout a range of integration tasks. Competence Context: The learner will be able to apply the range of skills developed in this module in a range of modern industries. Role: The learner has a responsibility to engage in both the lectures and laboratories with the lecturer and fellow learners. Learning to Learn: The module will give the learner the foundations necessary to develop their understanding of integration and tackle a range of problems. Insight: The study of course material and the creation of solutions will enable the learner to develop problem-solving skills. These skills will include an appreciation of the importance of issues such as requirements gathering, planning, cost and system maintenance.

Module Aims

This module is designed to give the learner an overview of the technologies involved in the creation of a fully Computer Integrated Manufacturing environment. The module aims to: 1. Develop the learner's awareness of the manufacturing environment and the requirements of each of the different types of process used. 2. Develop the learner's awareness of the benefits of the existing technologies in the creation of an integrated system. 3. Develop the learner's knowledge of the format in which these systems are laid out so that they can interpret system diagrams of existing cells.

Indicative Syllabus

A generic view of Integration Engineering, Standard models, Evolutionary process models, process technology - product and process. Flowcharts.
Advanced PLC programming
Anatomy of Integrated Systems:
CAD and design, CAD systems and modellers, computer aided manufacture, Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS), Computer Numerically Controlled Machines (CNC). Production management and control.
CIM techniques, classification of production systems, linking CAD with manufacturing control, communications and architectures, standards development, investment considerations, future possibilities
Components of Integration:
Computer Integrated Manufacture:
Fieldbus technology
Laboratory Experiments (chosen from the following list):
Review of production systems
Strategic Value of Systems Integration:
Use of modern technology in moving from traditional methods to automation in industry: - Serial communications, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, Networks, field bus technology, Open systems environment, Interfaces, SCADA systems, databases, data storage and organization.

Total Contact Teaching Hours:60
Class Size:30

Pre-requisite Modules

Title Code
Automation Systems AUTO2103
Manufacturing Systems 2 MSYS2103

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