Aims/Description: The aim of this unit is to provide a principle understanding of why and how smart factories are changing the face of manufacturing. Students are first introduced to the factors and consequences behind industrial revolutions and the definition of smart factories followed by the wide range of technologies that make smart factories work. Students will then be able to reflect on successful case studies of transitioning to Industry 4.0 followed by considering possible future directions with respect to Industry 5.0 personalisation.

Restrictions on availability: HNC students in relevant employment

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Group):

Teaching timetable


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