Aleksandar (Alex) Vakanski


IndT 453: Computer Integrated and Robotics Manufacturing Technology


Course Syllabus


Course Description

The course provides an overview of computer integrated manufacturing technology with a focus on robotic automation. Covered topics include: computer-aided design, computer-aided manufacturing, automated production lines and assembly systems, cellular and flexible manufacturing. The integration of hardware and software components for manufacturing automation is studied, with an emphasis on sensors, actuators, controllers, computer numerical control, and kinematic modeling of industrial robots.

Course Scope

In-depth examination of automated production systems and computer-integrated manufacturing, manufacturing support systems, hardware and software components for manufacturing automation and control, robot modeling and industrial applications, material handling, automated production lines, automated assembly systems.

Course Objectives

After the completion of the course the students should demonstrate the ability to:

1.  Understand the technical and engineering aspects of automated production systems.

2.  Describe the main characteristics of typical sensors and actuators employed in computer integrated manufacturing.

3.  Outline the integration of hardware and software components for automation and process control.

4.  Employ computer-aided manufacturing for machine tool paths definition and for generating computer numerical control codes.

5.  Identify applications of industrial robots for manufacturing automation, and identify common robot configurations, and end of arm tooling.

6.  Perform kinematic analysis of industrial robotic arms.

7.  Categorize the major forms and systems for automated production and assembly lines.

Course Materials


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Evaluation Procedure

The course evaluation involves six homework assignments. There are four practical labs in the course. There is one mid-semester examination, and a final exam.


Homework Assignments (6)

50 %

Lab Attendance

10 %

Midterm Exam

20 %

Final Exam

20 %