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Introducing Fundamental Manufacturing Processes And Manufacturing Organizational And Production Systems By Way Of Laboratory Activities

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1996 Annual Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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June 23, 1996

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June 23, 1996

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June 26, 1996



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1.286.1 - 1.286.5

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Norman Asper

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Harry Hess

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Joseph Flynn

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Session 2263

Introducing Fundamental Manufacturing Processes and Manufacturing Organizational and Production Systems by Way of Laboratory Activities

Harry Hess, Norman Asper and Joseph Flynn Trenton State College

The rebirth of manufacturing in the United States will not just accidentally happen. Engineering programs must help stimulate the rebirth by educating students in the importance and fundamentals of manufacturing processes, organization and production systems. These concepts continue to ga].n increasing importance for aiding engineers to help reindustrialize the United States for the twenty-first century. At Trenton State College, in the Department of Engineering, these concepts are being introduced and taught most effectively via the hands-on approach. The department believes that by placing a strong commitment on practical learning experiences, it is better able to teach and reinforce theoretical concepts.

An example of this belief is the engineering department’s sophomore level production Systems and Methods course. Numerous course concepts are taught in conjunction wit~aboratory activities which require students to develop and present manufacturing processes, organizational and production systems solutions utilizing the department’s CNC, CAD, plus the polymer and metallic manufacturing facilities.

A few of the laboratory enhanced Production Systems and Methods course concepts are included in the following list: reverse engi~ring product design and manufacturing, manufacturing costs concepts (direct materials and labor plus overhead) and control, breakeven calculations, routing, flow process charting, Gantt charting, network diagraming, bill of materials development, manufacturing completion probability analysis and packaging design. Additional concepts such as the design and analysis of polymer and metallic welded fabrications and castings, CNC milling, lathe turning and the set-up and analysis of polymer molding (injection, compression, thermo- forming and extrusion blow) experiments are also studied by way of various laboratory activities. All of these concepts are taught in a unique facility housing laboratory size equipment.

FACILITY Two large materials manufacturing laboratories, one testing room and a lecture area are utilized for the course. One laboratory houses all of the needed polymer production equipment. The equipment includes a polymer welder, a thermoformer, an injection molder, a compression molder and an extrusion blow molder.

A second laboratory provides space for all of the needed metallic production equipment. These items include lathes, manual mills, CNC mills, band saws, drill presses, heat treating ovens and a green sand foundry.

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Asper, N., & Hess, H., & Flynn, J. (1996, June), Introducing Fundamental Manufacturing Processes And Manufacturing Organizational And Production Systems By Way Of Laboratory Activities Paper presented at 1996 Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia.

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