Course syllabus

Tillverkningssystem, fortsättningskurs
Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Advanced Course

MMTN05, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2014/15
Decided by: Education Board E
Date of Decision: 2014-04-02

General Information

Elective for: I4, M4-prr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


This course will enhance the understanding of the important links that exist between technology and economy, providing know-how to apply economic conditions as an instrument for production and formulation of a production development strategy for a given section of a manufacturing system. Further, the course will make clear the interdependence of product development including materials, production processes and sustainable manufacturing systems.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• Master and apply the basic economic theory for the development of production strategies.
• Master the principles for calculating the cost of a production section where all essential factors are considered and be aware of the various indicators that describe a production system's performance.
• Master the management and adaptation of the collected production data for economic models.
• Be able to describe the tools and principles for continuous production development based on the concept of amongst others Lean Production and the Next Step.
• Be aware of the demands of sustainable manufacturing systems.
• Have knowledge and understanding of how to evaluate various manufacturing systems including the link to the field of industrial purchasing.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

• Be able to financially analyze and propose ways of development for different production scenarios.
• In practice plan, establish and implement a systematic production analysis including statistical analysis of obtained results.
• Be able to assess different types of production systems in a technical and economic perspective and from an overall perspective of sustainability.


The course further highlights the vital link that exists between economics and technology. The course focuses on applying the knowledge acquired from previous courses including Flexible Manufacturing Systems (MMT045). A major project is carried out in collaboration with nearby industries. Furthermore, the course provides deeper knowledge of key performance indicators (KPIs), economic analysis of balance delay, optimal manning and optimal automation. Studies are also carried out on the interaction between product development and production, the relationships between product development strategy and investment strategy, production conditions in foreign countries particularly emerging countries, technology transfer between product owners and contractors, evaluation of different manufacturing systems regarding production performance, primarily based on quality and delivery reliability.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written home examination and written assignments.


Admission requirements:

Required prior knowledge: MMT012 Production and Manufacturing Methods or MMTA05 Production Systems.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Jan-Eric Ståhl,
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