There are no special prerequisites, except for basics competences in engineering.
Students will acquire the advanced capabilities and skills required for effective and efficient management of a production plant. In particular, they will acquire the knowledge and the ability to use tools for production process optimization in accordance with continuous improvement principles. They will be able to face organisational and managerial practices and techniques supporting the design and the optimisation of workplaces, production lines and plants (in terms of material, people and information flows), as well as the setup planning and coordination. In addition, students will develop specific competences and capabilities necessary to manage and control projects on continuous improvement.
This course addresses the main principles and techniques for process optimization when adopting a lean perspective. In particular, the following topics are analysed:
- The continuous improvement philosophy (Kaizen) and its effects on the employees’ behaviour.
- The Value Stream Mapping (VSM).
- The main manufacturing techniques and tools for Just in Time (SMED, Kanban systems).
- The main techniques and tools for quality management in manufacturing lean context (Jidoka, Poka-Yoke systems, self-quality matrix).
Finally, the course ends with an overview of Industry 4.0 implications in a lean manufacturing context.
- Womack, J.P., Jones, D.T., and Roos, D., 1991, The Machine That Changed the World: The Story of Lean Production, HarperBusiness.
- Netland,T.H. and Powell, D.J, The Rouledge Companion to Lean Management, Rouledge, Taylor and Francis, London.
- Ballé, M., Chartier, N. Coignet, P.Olivencia, S., Powell D.J.and Reke, E., The Lean Sensei, Go, See, Challenge. Lean Enterprise Institute, Boston.
The course (48 hours) is organised in theoretical lectures (24 hours), exercises and case studies (16 hours) and laboratories (8 hours). In particular, laboratories refer to guided industrial tours organised to give students the opportunity to experience in a real context the competences achieved during their class, as well as to share their opinions, ideas and concerns with qualified industrial practitioners. During the semester, four seminars (16 hours), important moments for personal training, will be organised. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to carry out an additional laboratory activity directly in a company. This activity aims at developing practical skills on theoretical topics as well as developing problem solving and teamwork capabilities.
Students must attend a 2 hours written exam (consisting of 30 open and multi-choice questions and numerical exercises) followed by an oral discussion.