TRC3801 - Mechatronics and manufacturing - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Assoc Professor Ralph Abrahams (Clayton)

Professor S G Ponnambalam (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


Manufacturing Operations, Models and Metrics. Automation and NC/CNC. Material Transport and storage systems. Manufacturing Systems: Single cell, Assembly line, Cellular Manufacturing and Flexible Manufacturing systems. Manufacturing Support Systems: CAD/CAM/CIM, Process planning, Production planning including material requirement planning, manufacturing resource planning, shop floor control, inventory control.

Manufacturing excellence: push/pull systems, pull control systems, JIT, TQM, simulation of manufacturing systems.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Describe different types of manufacturing and production systems.
  2. Generate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) code for the creation of simple features and parts using different positioning systems.
  3. Analyse different material handling, storage and manufacturing support systems.
  4. Quantify the performance of cellular and flexible manufacturing systems, and manual assembly lines.
  5. Address modern manufacturing philosophies, such as Just In Time (JIT) and Lean Production systems.
  6. Design an advanced manufacturing system.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Final Examination (2 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours laboratory classes, 1 hour tutorial classes and 6 hours of private study a week

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