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Academic year
PPU055 - Virtual production  
Virtuell produktion
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKMAS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle
Major subject: Automation and Mechatronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Teaching language: English
Application code: 55137
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: B+
Maximum participants: 100
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0106 Examination 5,2c Grading: TH   5,2c   13 Jan 2020 am M   07 Apr 2020 am DIST   24 Aug 2020 am J
0206 Laboratory 2,3c Grading: UG   2,3c    

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Björn Johansson

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In order to be eligible for a first cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme(s) that has the course included in the study programme.

Course specific prerequisites

Manufacturing Technology


The aim of the course is to develop engineering students understanding of theories, methods and modern engineering tools in order to be able to develop production processes and operate complex production systems.
The course will also awaken interest in further studies in the subject field, particularly the Chalmers Masters programme in Production Engineering.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- Describe the concept of sustainable development in the society and account for the connection to a responsible production engineering practice both regarding economic, social and environmental sustainability.
- Explain elementary concepts and methods concerning the design and operation of production systems.
- Account for and apply methods for design of a sustainable production system in a virtual environment and execute a materials flow analysis.
- Describe and apply the principles for line preparation regarding to sequence and balance.
- Motivate the Computer Aided Engineer potential for the modern product development process.
- Master the basic concepts of the industrial IT-environment and related problems and explain the necessity of an IT strategy enabling a systematic recovery of information throughout the entire product development chain.
- Outline the role to be played by a data base in making an integrated product and production development effective, including version handling technique and the problems that are associated with the flora of different file formats, and also handling methods.
- Describe the most important strategies and principles in automation.
- Describe the different types of sensors, know their function and application areas.
- Comprehend the principles of production control, and how to implement a simple PLC-program (PLC=Programmable Logic Controller).
- Motivate the need to be able to control product performance and producer ability during the preparatory phase of the product development process.
- Explain how an NC-machine works and how it is used for simple programming (CNC=Computer Numerical Control System).
- Explain the meaning of the CAD/CAM-chain. Describe CAM according to its aim, advantages, input-parameters and the system for output as well as subsidiary operations and the chronology in the preparatory process. (CAM=Computer Aided Manufacturing).
- Motivate the need for flexible production and describe the industrial robots design and control principles, furthermore explain the importance of the world of simulation when programming robots.
- Account for a model showing how professional knowledge develops, different interaction ways for transferring knowledge, the motor skill learning curve and also explain learning's potential and limitations with regard to operator training in a virtual environment


The course focuses on the technology connected to Computer Aided Engineering and the way it works in order to give us an understanding and affirmation of production in terms of openness to new possibilities instead of letting it being formulated by ingrained expectation. Introduced in this perspective are computer aided preparation and verification of:
- The main factors of the general production system
- Factors that influence production systems
- Guidelines for organizing engineering workshops
- Production philosophies
- The concept of productivity
- Automation engineering basics
- Sensor technology
- Industrial robots technique
- Layout planning
- Production flow simulation
- Line balancing
- Simulation using manikins
- CAD-CAM Knowledge
- PLC Programming
- Theory and operator training in virtual environment


The course consists of lectures, a project, practical training sessions and laboratory exercises. The course webpage will reflect all activities and constitutes the main source of information.


Modern Produktionsteknik: part 2 (Lennart Hågeryd, Stefan Björklund, Matz Lenner)
- A number of publications uploaded on the course webpage
- Materials from lectures

Examination including compulsory elements

Approved assignments, quiz, laboratory exercises, project report and written exam. Grading is based on adding written exam (50 points) and project report (20 points). In total max 70 points available. The grading scale is:
Fail - less than 30 points
Grade 3 - over 30 points
Grade 4 - over 42,5 points
Grade 5 - over 55 points

Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.