cod. 1007337

Academic year 2020/21
2° year of course - First semester
- Andrea VOLPI
Academic discipline
Impianti industriali meccanici (ING-IND/17)
Ingegneria meccanica
Type of training activity
72 hours
of face-to-face activities
9 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding: by means of frontal lessons, the student acquires the method and knowledge required to describe, understand and design the industrial production and storage systems, to define their maintenance criteria; student learns how to efficiently use project management tools by means of statistic basics provided. The student will learn the structure and the operating principle of industrial plants in terms of: organization and management of the transformation of raw material into finished product, reliability of complex systems, role of human resources and industrial automation, production flows and layout, KPI and performance measurements.Applying knowledge and understanding: Through practical classroom exercises connected to some important topics, students learn how to apply the acquired knowledge in a real context of design, as well as in multidisciplinary or non-familiar areas.In particular, the student will have to apply the acquired knowledge to the industrialization of a production process, starting from the feasibility study, defining the best production structure and management, assessing the possibility of using automated operations to replace manual ones and controlling process through KPIs.Making judgements: The student must be able to understand and critically evaluate the main production systems (forced and not-forced technological processes, production or assembly, manual or automated); using acquired knowledge, he will have to analyze existing systems and assess their performances and adequacy, assess the impact of strategic, planning and operational decisions, measure plant performances.Communication skills: Through the front lessons and the assistance of the teacher, the student acquires the specific vocabulary inherent to the production plants. At the end of the course, the student is expected to be able to communicate the main contents of the course, both written and orally, such as ideas, engineering issues and related solutions. The student must communicate his knowledge through appropriate tools, so numerical problems are solved using common methods in the industry such as tables, diagrams, flow charts, and numerical spreadsheets.Learning skills: The student who has attended the course will be able to deepen his knowledge of production plants through the autonomous consultation of specialized books, scientific or divulgative journals, even outside the topics explained during lectures.


There are no mandatory propedeuticities.

Course unit content

The course aims to provide the students with the general criteria for designing and realizing the main production plants, which are complex systems consisting of the technological plants, utilities and facilities that contribute to the achievement of the economic goal.Therefore, the first part of the course deals with the classification of production plants, manual and automated manufacturing and assembly processes. The impact of automation on these processes is also assessed. The second part of the course describes and analyzes the tools for project management and the theory of reliability for the maintenance of production systems. The third part describes the materials handling equipment and storage systems.

Full programme

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The notes of the lectures and exercises, and all the supporting material (drawings, plant schemes, Excel spreadsheets, media) are available to students and shared on Elly platform. In addition to the shared material, the student can personally study some of the topics discussed during the course in the following books: Pareschi A. "Impianti industriali. Criteri di scelta, progettazione e realizzazione", Progetto Leonardo BolognaFabbri S. "Impianti Meccanici", Patron, BolognaTurco F. "Principi generali di progettazione degli impianti industriali"Monte A. “Elementi di impianti industriali”, Vol I, II, Ed. Libreria Cortina, TorinoCaron F., Marchet G., Wegner R. "Impianti di movimentazione e stoccaggio dei materiali criteri di progettazione", Ed. HoepliFedele L., Furlanetto L. Saccardi D. "Progettare e gestire la manutenzione", Ed. McGraw-Hill

Teaching methods

The course counts 9 CFUs (one CFU, University Credits equals one ECTS credit and represents the workload of a student during educational activities aimed at passing the exams), which corresponds to 72 hours of lectures. The lectures will be organized, if possible, in presence with the possibility to watch them also online in asynchronous mode (uploaded on Stream and linked to Elly webpage). The didactic activities are composed of frontal lessons alternating with exercises. During the frontal lessons, the course topics are proposed from the theoretical and design point of view.During classroom exercises students are allowed to bring their own computers and tablets, and they will apply theoretical knowledge to an exercise, a real case study, or a project.If conditions are favorable, seminars are held by managers of multinational corporations who report concrete experiences in real case studies.The slides and notes used to support the lessons will be uploaded to the Elly Platform.Notes, slides, spreadsheets, tables, and all shared material are part of the didactic material. For non-attending students, it is important to stay up-to-date on the course through the Elly platform, the only communication tool used for direct teacher / student contact.On this platform, day by day, the topics discussed in the lesson are pointed out and registered, providing the students with an index of the contents for the final exam.

Assessment methods and criteria

Verification of the knowledge takes place through a written test based on open questions, lasting 2.5 hours. The test usually consists of 11/12 questions that may relate to theoretical content, demonstrations, and exercises that have been done during the course; theoretical demonstrations have a weight of 1.0; Plant design and technical drawings weight 1.5; Exercises weight 1.8. The final vote is calculated by assigning a mark in the range 0-30 for each question and then performing the weighted average of the individual evaluations, with final ceiling to the next unit; the test is exceeded if it reaches a score of at least 18 points. “30 cum laude” is given to students who achieve the highest score on each item and use precise vocabulary.
The examination will be carried out in presence, if possible, otherwise it will be carried out online, with similar or suitably adapted methods.

Other information

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