This course examines the effect that new technology, engineering, and business strategies have on transforming US industry into a world-class, competitive force. Emphasis is placed on the state of the art of factory automation and computer-integrated manufacturing. Topics include advanced manufacturing processes, rapid prototyping, intelligent manufacturing controls, and information technology in manufacturing. Technical principles related to advanced manufacturing are presented. Examples of actual production systems illustrate how industry is adopting the latest technology to meet customer requirements for quality, low cost, and flexibility.
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