Course syllabus

Flexible Manufacturing Systems

MMTN30, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2020-03-26

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Main field: Production and Materials Engineering.
Compulsory for: MPRR1
Elective for: I4-pr, M4-prr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The aim of the course is to create knowledge about the important link that exists between technology and economy, define economic conditions as an instrument of control for production development and to illustrate how different processing steps form a manufacturing system. Further on the course aim to clarify the mutual dependence between production development and recycle adopted manufacturing systems.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


History and development of manufacturing systems, production types, plant layout and organization, group technology, flow lines, transfer lines, flexibility, manufacturing economy including door-to-door time and cycle time in batch manufacturing and flow line manufacturing, process monitoring, cassation, downtime, time loss, reduction in machine covering, cost neutral relationship, configuration of manufacturing systems, statistic disturbance analysis, systematic manufacturing analysis, production performance, continuous development and improvement work based on lean manufacturing, integrated product development with environmental considerations and recycling technology and outsourcing.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written examination and written assignments.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Assumed prior knowledge: MMT012/MMTF20 Production and Manufacturing Methods or MMTA05 Production Systems.
The number of participants is limited to: No

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Fredrik Schultheiss,
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