Manufacturing Automation

IIT Kanpur, , Prof. Prof. Sounak Kumar Choudhury

Updated On 02 Feb, 19


The course will basically deal with the following topics:


Lecture 1: Lecture 01

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Lecture Details

Course Details


Week 1 :
Definition; Discussion on Pros and Cons of Automation;
Benefits of Automation; Types of automation: Fixed automation, programmable automation, and Flexible automation- Typical Features and examples;
Reasons for automating; Automation strategies; Automated flow lines: the objectives of the use of flow line automation;
General forms of Work Flow criteria for selection;
Methods of work part transport: Continuous, intermittent and asynchronous: types and their selection;
Transfer Mechanisms; Examples of transfer mechanisms for linear travel and rotary transfer mechanisms; Buffer Storage;
Week 2 :
Flow line Performance Analysis: Average production time and production rate;
Mean time per cycle when machine breakdown occurs; Flow line
Performance Analysis:  Line efficiency; Cost per item produced;
Partial automation:Reasons for using, Advantages and drawbacks;
Production and Throughput: Examples; Effect of machine Jamming; Component Quality Control;
Choice of assembly methods: Cost, Production Rate, Availability of Labour, and Market Life of the Product;
Advantages of Automatic Assembly; Design for automated assembly; Components of automatic Assembly Machines;
Week 3 :
Transfer systems; Assembly Machines: In-Line, Rotary; Continuous and Intermittent Transfer;
Indexing Machines:Factors affecting the choice; Various Indexing Mechanisms;
Vibratory bowl feeders: Mechanics of Vibratory Conveying - its analysis;
Effect of Frequency, Track Acceleration and Vibration Angle; Effect of Track Angle and Coefficient of Friction;
Summary of Bowl Feeder Design; Spiral Elevators; General Requirements of Part Feeders;
Non-vibratory feeders : Reciprocating Tube Hopper Feeder its analysis;
General Features. Centerboard Hopper Feeder: Analysis: Maximum Track Inclination, Total Cycle Time, Mean Feed Rate;
Week 4 :
Reciprocating Tube Hopper Feeder: Principle of Operation;
External Gate Hopper Feeder: Its Analysis: Maximum Peripheral Velocity, Mean Feed rate;
Rotary Disk Feeder: Indexing and Rotary Disk Feeder with continuous drive and their analysis:
Load sensitivity, Efficiency and Mean Feed Rate;
Orientation of Parts in Automatic Assembly:In-Bowl and Out-of-Bowl Toolings;
Typical Orienting Systems: Wiper Blade, Pressure Break, slot in the track; Analysis of Part Orienting Systems;
Examples of Out-of-Bowl Toolings; Feed Tracks: Analysis of Horizontal Delivery Feed Track;
ON-OFF Sensors; Reliability of Feeding.



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Excellent course helped me understand topic that i couldn't while attendinfg my college.

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Great course. Thank you very much.