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Toward Complete, Coherent Production System Design Experiences

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Conference

1997 Annual Conference

Location

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Publication Date

June 15, 1997

Start Date

June 15, 1997

End Date

June 18, 1997

ISSN

2153-5965

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

2.444.1 - 2.444.11

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https://peer.asee.org/6839

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Paul Rossler

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Session 2457

Toward Complete, Coherent Production System Design Experiences Paul Rossler, Assistant Professor GMI Engineering & Management Institute 1700 West Third Avenue, Flint, MI, 48504 810-762-7973, prossler@nova.gmi.edu

Abstract

A need existed for students to have access to complete, coherent system design experiences that helped them better understand basic system design ideas and better integrate tools and techniques in the design process. Students were first introduced to basic concepts and relationships of production system dynamics. They were then given a series of four related design problems in which they could change system variables to achieve desired cycle time, throughput, or work in process levels. Each change carried with it a different cost and limit. The challenge was to stay within budget and maximize performance against objectives. Along with the design itself, students submitted a management report and an academic report.

Introduction

This paper describes a set of computer-based design experiences in the area of production system design and improvement. A need existed for students to have access to complete, coherent system design experiences that helped them better understand basic system design ideas and better integrate tools and techniques in the design process. The effort described in this paper was a first attempt to create those experiences in a senior-level course, Production Systems Design.

The paper begins with a brief description of the course and its objectives. Next, the learning context is described, followed by the general framework used for each design experience. Individual design experiences are then described. The paper concludes with lessons learned and future improvements planned.

Production Systems Design and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

The course, Production Systems Design, is a four credit hour course (two design credits) that focuses on planning the overall production process and designing the workplace in a discrete part production environment. Given a scenario that describes an organization’s competitive goals, its products and process flows, and its available production technology, students are expected to:

• Apply a production systems design methodology, tools and techniques; • Calculate product demand and determine resource requirements; • Design the physical arrangement of a production system; • Analyze and evaluate system design in terms of performance measures; • Provide justification for proposed changes to baseline methods of operation; and • Develop an implementation plan for the proposed production system design.

Rossler, P. (1997, June), Toward Complete, Coherent Production System Design Experiences Paper presented at 1997 Annual Conference, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. https://peer.asee.org/6839

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