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Introduction to Automated System Design

Learn how automation is developing the mechatronics of the manufacturing industry with this free online course.

Publisher: NPTEL
This course will introduce you to the features of automation technology with a deep knowledge of the fundamentals of mechatronics. You will discover how mechanical and electronic principles forms the base of automated manufacturing systems. The course presents a variety of interactive sessions by visualizing the graphical descriptions of the relevant models of real automatic mechanisms used in the manufacturing industries. Start your course now!
Introduction to Automated System Design
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    3-4 Hours
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Have you ever wondered how automation is used in the manufacturing industry? The primary objective of an automated manufacturing system (AMS) is to drive greater efficiency by either enhancing production capacity or reducing the cost of manufacturing. This course aims at illustrating the ever-growing use of automation in the industrial sector. Study the actual definitions of ‘automation’, ’manufacturing’, and ‘mechatronics’ and the various elements involved in production system facilities. The different classifications of manufacturing support systems, and the significance of automation in the product life cycle to defy challenges of the manufacturing market will be revealed. This will include the differentiation of multiple manufacturing systems to ascertain the need for moving on towards digital automated mechanisms. You will discover the functionality of the mechanical “spring system” by understanding how physics plays a main role in the way the machinery performs its duties. Also, you will comprehend how the systems integration will not only benefit the product development by being better and more efficient but also help the end consumer with a top-quality product.

This video-based course studies the basic concepts of automation in manufacturing. You will be taught about the key elements of production system facilities for utilizing various manufacturing support systems (MSS) in the automation process of the product life cycle. Secondly, you will discover the different building blocks associated with an automated mechatronic-based system. With this background, you will study how the flexible manufacturing system method helps the factories to easily adapt to fluctuations in terms of product variance and quantity. This will include the utilization of various types of machining equipment to take care of the manufacturing operations. You will also study the role of material handling systems (MHS) and auxiliary equipment in performing a variety of tasks at logistics worksites. Following this, you will explore how pre-programmed CNC machining computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. This will include the process for controlling a range of complex machinery, from grinders and lathes to mills and routers. Lastly, you will be presented with graphical examples of existing industrial mechatronic robots like the Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm (SCARA) and how they are implemented in the manufacturing business to fulfill requirements such as product or material transportation, high precision assembly, and continuous welding work.

By the end of this course, you will have a strong understanding of the role of automation in the manufacturing business. This will include the advantages that carry the implementation of ‘self-acting’ machines to enhance the performance in the manufacturing operations in terms of variety and quality of the end product. Subsequently, the usefulness of computer numerical control (CNC) technology in manufacturing processes is widely employed in the tools room of the mechanical industry. Lastly, you will learn about the elements and the key functionalities of various CNC machine tools such as tool magazines, industrial conveyors, automated storage and retrieval systems, and industrial robotic machines. The course will provide you with all the necessary information required for designing a mechatronic system. The material covered in the modules will equip you with the required knowledge for managing the demands of the facilities in the factory in terms of layout, equipment, and processes. Learn how automation is developing the mechatronics of the manufacturing industry through this course. So, why wait? Start the course now!

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