86503 - Automotive Manufacturing and Assembly Systems

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

The students acquire the general criteria and methods aimed at the design and management of complex manufacturing systems with high labour and automation content. Assembly system design and management is a crucial learning outcome.

Course contents


FMS design (machines, human workers, product internal warehouse)

Buffer design with the Montecarlo method

Production levelling

Exact assembly balancing methods (alb1, alb2)
Heuristic assembly balancing methods

Examples and case studies

Workstation organization and design

Manufacturing hardware and tools

Component allocation and line feeding design

Ergonomic design of the workstation


Time methods analysis

Predetermined standard times

Work sampling


Impianti Industriali. Autore A.Pareschi – Esculapio (Bologna)

Logistica Industriale. Autori Pareschi, Ferrari, Persona, Regattieri – Esculapio (Bologna)

Dispense ed esercitazioni del docente su AMS CAMPUS

Teaching methods

The course is organized in frontal lectures in which the basic elements of the various parts of the program are presented. Many lessons devoted to the resolution of exercises and specific problems follow theoretical presentations of each topic. That underlines the applied nature of the discipline and aims to acquire the method, i.e. the ability to translate in mathematical language a concrete problem to determine its solution then applicable in industrial realities.

Assessment methods

Achievements will be assessed by the means of a final exam. This is based on an analytical assessment of the "expected learning outcomes" described above.

In order to properly assess such achievement the examination is composed of a written exam divided in 2 different sections: one based on numerical applications and the other based on theoretical questions.

To obtain a passing grade, students are required to at least demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject, ability for critical application, and a comprehensible use of technical language on industrial system design.

Teaching tools

Practical exercises with PC if necessary.

Office hours

See the website of Mauro Gamberi