IEOR 140: Industrial Production Systems

Spring 2000 Syllabus
Professor: Ken Goldberg
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) Dept
University of California at Berkeley
Lectures: MW 11-12, 3113 Etcheverry
Labs: F 2-4, 1173 Etcheverry
Teaching Assistant: Pulak Patel
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IEOR 140 is designed to give upper-division IEOR students an introduction to modern manufacturing and assembly systems. The course focuses on the technologies and practices used in the industrial production of products. Lectures introduce the basics of modern manufacturing: materials, machine tools, automation, and contemporary processes such as Electron Beam Machining and Stereolithography. We emphasize methods for automated production, including an introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems and java programming. Example problems are drawn from robotics, specifically kinematics, path planning, and design of workcells for industrial assembly, including methods for fixturing, feeding, sorting, and assembling parts. Homeworks and labs involve the PC Lab and the WWW.

A central focus of the course is the Consulting Project, where teams of 3-4 students work together through the semester as "consultants" for a local production facility. Each team will develop a report on their client, summarizing the product, materials, and current production methods. Teams will then identify and quantify a specific problem related to quality or throughput, measure and analyze relevant data, research alternative production methods involving automation, and propose solutions with cost analysis.

  1. Professor: Ken Goldberg, 4189 Etcheverry Hall. Office Hours: MW 2:00-3:00, or by appointment.
  2. Teaching Assistant: Pulak Patel, (510) 664-3021. Office Hours: F 12-2 in the Lab or by appointment.
  3. Lab Adminstrator: Mandy Simondson By Appointment.
  4. Textbook (required): 21st Century Manufacturing: Surveys of Products, Prototypes, Processes, and Production by Paul Wright.
    This reader will be available for approximately $40. We are making arrangements with a local copy center.
    Other required readings will be handed out in class.
  5. Grading: based on:
  6. Other: I welcome constructive criticism. Please email me with feedback at any time during the term.