IEOR 140: Industrial Production Methods

Spring 1999
Professor: Ken Goldberg
Teaching Assistant: Pulak Patel
Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) Dept
University of California at Berkeley
Lectures: MW 11-12, 3113 Etcheverry. Lab: F 2-4, 1174 Etcheverry.
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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. We emphasize methods for automated production, including an introduction to Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems and the issues involved in volume production of the resulting designs. We then move to the theory of robotics, specifically kinematics, path planning, and design of workcells for industrial assembly, including methods for fixturing, feeding, sorting, and assembling parts. We also introduce the basics of semiconductor manufacturing. 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. Details and Examples are given below.

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