Program of the Course
Many sectors of Made in Italy are facing new important challenges entailing the need of a wider point of view considering the product, the process and the system together with their continuous evolution. In particular high-value-added products, in line with the peculiarity of the excellence of Made in Italy, and a specific focus on the continuous innovation and the sustainability will be the main pillars of this course. Students will be organized in teams and spend about 5 weeks in a company working on a real industrial problem. The activities will take advantage ofindustrial engineering methods and tools as well as experimental activities through the “action-based learning” approach used in the “learning factory”.
1) Objective of the course
Aim of the course is to provide the students an opportunity to face a real problem in a real manufacturing environment, characterized by many significant challenges (e.g. new products to be produced, zero-waste and sustainable solutions to be introduced, personalization of products). Students will have to be aware of the overall manufacturing problem in terms of reference market, competitors and best practices. Students will be asked to provide a solution considering a multidisciplinary viewpoint, ranging from the product to the technological process to the manufacturing system levels. In order to design their own solutions, students will take advantage of: i) seminar/lectures/interviews to industrial people involved in the specific manufacturing sector; ii) lab experience in the facilities of the manufacturing research group and in other ancillary facilities working in close relation with Politecnico di Milano iii) lectures on specific tools and methodologies required to address the problems on hand, iv) real data collected in the industrial scenarios.
2) Description of the topics
Starting from a real industrial case, a set of engineering problems will be defined, addressing the range of typical problems a manufacturing company has to face and, specifically, those involving the interdependency and co-evolution of products, processes and production system. Possible framework engineering problems will be:
- The design and reconfiguration of a manufacturing plant.
- Evaluate the impact of a new or modified product.
- The introduction of a new process technology.
These manufacturing problems will be addressed in a multidisciplinary way by a group of students and a company, with the aim at exploiting the tools and methods learned to analyze, formalize and provide a solution to it. The following activities will provide support to the students:
Industrial Internship: all the students will be given the opportunity to spend a period of about 100 hours in the company proposing the manufacturing problem under study. The period will be organized as an internship through the Career Service. The companies involved in the previous years are (ABB, Cosberg, ATV, Relight, ATM)
Seminars/Lectures: A set of seminars/lectures will be organized to deepen all the technological and management aspects connected to the problem under study. Seminars/lectures will possibly involve industrial people working in the specific field connected to the problem under study.
Lab experience: Specific problems will be addressed by the students by directly using the facilities of the Manufacturing Lab of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and in other ancillary facilities working in close relation with Politecnico di Milano.
Real data modelling and analysis: Data collected in real industrial contexts will be provided and used to design and/or validate the solutions provided.