MFS/ME/EE606:   Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Project/Seminar Course

Spring 2007

 

Dates and Time:           4:00-6:30pm Wednesdays.   Location:   FPAT 265

            (Note most classes will be held to two hours or less).

 

Instructor:       Dr. Larry Holloway

Office: 220L CRMS

Office Hours: 9-10:00  Wednesdays or by prior appointment.

(appointments can be scheduled by through
Vicki Cooper 257-6262 ext.221)
Due to occasional scheduling issues with normal office hours, it is
recommended that you confirm about office hours with Vicki Cooper.

Office Phone: 257-6262 ext 203

E-mail: holloway@engr.uky.edu

Website (directory):     http://www.engr.uky.edu/~holloway/MFS606/

 

Assisted by Dick Muse from Center for Manufacturing. (Office:  421CRMS, 257-6262 ext.412)

OBJECTIVE

In this course, each student is expected to use the basic engineering and mathematical tools studied during previous courses, and to apply these to a manufacturing/design problem during the semester of work. There is no one "right answer" for the problem, and a coordinated group effort is expected. Students will have to propose and evaluate solutions to the problem using techniques and information which may have been included in a variety of previous courses, as well as information from other sources.

Each team of students is responsible for defining the schedule and associated tasks to meet the requirement within the time constraints of the course, and for working cooperatively to achieve the required objectives. The project is expected to be conducted in a manner similar to what would be encountered with a similar project assigned in industry.

Seminars and lectures will be scheduled during the semester these will be in support of the project and for general interest on manufacturing topics.  

APPROACH

The class will be divided into project teams of 3 or 4 members each. A team leader will be selected by each team in conjunction with the instructor. The team leader will be responsible for coordinating the work of the group to meet deadlines and course requirements. The team should hold regularly-scheduled meetings during the semester.

All members of a given group are expected to communicate and cooperate toward completing a satisfactory development/design effort, and providing one final report and presentation. In addition to the final report, each team will be expected to prepare a plan for the project, outlining:

1. the tasks which they will perform in the process of carrying out the project

2. the schedule which they will follow

3. the projected hours which each team member will devote to each task

4. other specific responsibilities which are assigned to individual team members (such as coordination of reports or drawings, detailed analysis efforts, etc)
 

A brief one-page summary of progress will be expected at scheduled times. Any significant problems or deviation from the original plan are to be highlighted in this summary. These reports are to include an approximate breakdown of hours spent by each team member during that time period, and cumulative hours to date as compared to the original plan. A standard format will be assigned for these summary reports.

The team leader, and other members who wish to attend, will review the progress with the instructor at a pre-arranged time during the week after the summary reports are due.

Each team member is expected to keep a bound engineering notebook (and file) of their meeting notes, suggestions, calculations, and other contributions to the team efforts. Pages should be dated and initialed, and otherwise consistent with good engineering practice. This notebook is to be provided to the instructor at requested times during the semester.

The project sponsor will be providing appropriate parts and drawings for access by students, and a specification of the design/solution requirements. If additional data is required by specific teams, the company contact person should be asked for this by phone, letter, or FAX. The staff of the UK Center for Manufacturing are also available for consultation and assistance.

Each team may be able to arrange for an experimental evaluation of their proposed solution if it fits into the overall schedule of the project. However the emphasis on the project should be on design evaluation of the solution rather than a ‘cut-and-try’ approach. The facilities of the UK Center for Manufacturing are available for use if appropriate arrangements are made.

The presentation at the end of the semester should be carefully prepared, using appropriate visual aids.
   

GRADING

The grade in the course will be primarily 40 percent based on the final presentation and report of the overall team, with 35% associated with the project plan, progress reports, engineering notebooks, and the mid-semester project presentation.  Factors considered in determining the final grade include the originality of the solution recommended, the evaluation/analysis of the expected performance of the recommended design modification, and the clarity of presentation in the final report. The remaining 25% of the grade will be associated with reading summary assignments and the individual seminar presentations.

Typically, all members of a given team will receive the same grade on the project. However if one or more members of a team have not completed assigned tasks during the semester, or not contributed sufficiently to the team effort, a lowered grade may result for those members. However, such a situation should be remedied early in the semester, so that overall team results are not affected. In particular, if you leave campus or are otherwise unavailable prior to submission of your final report and this is not cleared with other team members, a reduction in your grade is expected. The engineering notebook is one basis for this evaluation of contribution, and team members are strongly encouraged to document their contributions in their notebook.

 

The grade in the course will include both team-effort and individual-effort components.  Although the course will typically meet for approximately 2 hours each week as a class, students should put in effort comparable to other graduate-level 3 credit-hour courses.  Students will be spending time working on the project individually and as a team, meeting as a team with the instructor, and doing the individual course work (readings and seminar).

 

The grade consists of the following items:

 

Progress Reports and Final Project:  (team effort). 

75% total  (35% on progress reports and plan and engineering notebooks, and 40% on final project report.) 

Dates:               Company Visit

Project Plan: 

                        Progress Report

                        Mid-semester progress presentations. (individual)

                        Progress Report: 

                        Progress Report

                        Final Presentation: 

                        Final Report: 

 

Typically, all members of a given team will receive the same grade on the project. However if one or more members of a team have not completed assigned tasks during the semester, or not contributed sufficiently to the team effort, a lowered grade may result for those members. However, such a situation should be remedied early in the semester, so that overall team results are not affected. In particular, if you leave campus or are otherwise unavailable prior to submission of your final report and this is not cleared with other team members, a reduction in your grade is expected. The engineering notebook is one basis for this evaluation of contribution, and team members are strongly encouraged to document their contributions in their notebook.

 

 Seminar Presentation: (individual effort)

15% total.  Each student will be responsible for giving an approximately 30 minute presentation during the semester (in addition to the group project mid-semester and final presentations).   This presentation can be on any topic relevant to manufacturing (subject to approval of instructor), but should be at a general presentation level, suitable for understanding by other students in the class.  This is an opportunity for the student to learn about some topic and then teach other students about the material. 

 

Readings or homeworks: (individual effort)

10% total.  Throughout the semester, students will be identifying articles and writing a brief summary of them.  Students can choose to find articles from the internet, from trade journals, from academic journals, or from the general interest press.  They will be expected to write a short, one-page description of the article.  (These descriptions should include evidence that the student has thought about the article, and not just repeated the abstract.)   Homeworks may also be given based on seminar presentations.

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

The scheduled meeting of the class is one day per week.  In addition to organizational matters, selected class sessions will include lectures on special topics from the instructor, from students, and from invited speakers.  Because of the limited number of class sessions, and the need for communication of project information, attendance is required for these sessions.  If you cannot attend, please discuss it with the instructor prior to class. 

 

TEXTBOOK

 

There is no required textbook for this course.  Books appropriate for use during the semester will be placed on reserve in the engineering library.  Students are expected to located additional texts and information as needed.