SECS-P/13 - 9 CFU - 2° Semester

Teaching Staff


Learning Objectives

1. Knowledge and understanding. The course aims at giving students the basic knowledge needed to analyze and clarify the causes of change in production techniques and the effects that these changes cause in the industrial system. The path chosen for achieving these goals is the use and analysis of the multiple attributes of technology in its continuous dynamism also in connection to some relevant phenomena such as: the phases of the innovation process, the competitive advantage of technological innovation in the economic system; the types of production structures in relation to the technologies used, especially in the field of information technology and industrial automation, and of the role played by quality and certification of production cycles.
2. Skills in applying knowledge and understanding. As a final result, students will have a tool that can provide them with an overview of the various issues that need to be addressed in a production framework. In particular, students with this acquired knowledge will be able to carry out the analysis of the production system in which they operate and assess the technological innovations which have greater importance in industry in order to achieve competitive business advantages.
3. Making judgments. The course, also in view of the different types of production processes and the ways in which industrial production is organized today, aims at putting students in a position to assess, independently, the inherent qualities of technologies on the market, their positive and / or negative features, both for production and the environment, so as to implement appropriate choices for their business needs. By paying particular attention to the issues, at the end of the course students can express independent judgments, assess and identify which technologies in relation to a particular industry, are the most appropriate for satisfying the needs of a modern and dynamic company today.
4. Communication skills. The student is given the opportunity to communicate and interact with third parties adequately using the knowledge acquired. In particular the student will be able to tackle the problems that arise with the appropriate terminology that will allow him/her to show communication skills and interaction which are also useful in working relationships.
5. Learning skills. In keeping with the themes of the discipline, from the beginning of the course students are given timely advice and encouragement to actively participate as much as possible in the entire educational process and to improve their self-study methods, in order to effectively learn the subject better, which has specific characteristics in terms of learning, through an appropriate inductive - deductive process. During the lessons the lecturer continually checks, topic by topic, to see if the learning process is taking place efficiently, when necessary revising teaching methods during the year, in order to better adapt the course to the concrete achievement of this important goal, taking into account the real classroom mix. In this context, assessment with a final exam is a natural and logical outcome of the learning process, which is constantly monitored and improved, also to avoid a traumatic approach to examinations.
Assessment of this descriptor is carried out both during the lectures, in specific progress tests and a final one.

Detailed Course Content

I MODULE (3 credits)

Description of the programme. Module title: technological dynamics
The relationship between science and economic sciences; the dynamic evolution of technology. Economic costs analysis in different production cycles. Medium and Marginal Costs in a process. best choise analysis for a micro cyle of production; Innovation Technologies and environmental changes in modern systens. Technology as a function of production and as a system of technical variables. Kondratiev waves in medium and long time. Evaluation of intrinsic qualities of a technology: uniformity and flexible index. Quality Normograms. Technology and product life cycle: introduction, saturation point and inniovation. Research, Development and Innovation. Research players: University systems and spin off researchers. The European, Italian and Sicilian situation;The tecnological Parks.
Partial credits awarded: 3 CFU

MODULE II (3 credits)

Description of the programme. Module title: Technology in productive activities

Technology transfer through Licencing, venture capital and tool production. Tools of payments of technologies transferts Technologies of the current revolution: hard, sotf and average tecnologies; Different between innovations and inventions Automation and control of industrial production with electronic systems. Automation of the control of procedure and production by parts. MU / NU, industrial robots, Automathic Guided Veicols, Flexible Manifacturing Systems; Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Enginering areas,Finished elements Analysis, CAPP, Computer Aided Manufactoring area, Material Requirement systems;. Systems of production flows: the push and pull and "just in time" Systems; Computer Numerial Control and Direct Numerical Control .
Partial credits awarded: 3 CFU

MODULE III (3 credits)

Description of the programme. Module title: voluntary Quality Management
The evolution of the quality agreement : product quality ; from CWQC to Total Quality Management; total quality control: the quality according to ISO 9000/94, ISO 9000/2000 *, ISO 9000/2008, ISO 9000/2015. The certification actors. The certification of products and the company system, * Certification process, presentation of the quality manual. The quality pyramid. The quality of services. The statistical tools of quality control * control charts, bar charts, Pareto’s analysis, causes and effects diagrams; correlation statistic control systems. The management of quality control instruments *, diagram arrows, tree diagram, the error tree, Program Evaluation review Tecnique.
Partial credits awarded: 3 CFU

Textbook Information

- E. Chiaccherini - "Technology and production" - Ed. Kappa, Rome, 2003;
- G. Barbiroli "Production strategies and technological dynamics" - Ed. Bulzoni, Rome, 1998;
- A. Morgante, A. Symbols - "Technology of production processes" - Maggs Publisher, Santarcangelo di Romagna (RN), 2015;
- Grade A., S. Vicari, G. Verona - "Technology, Innovation, Operations" - Ed. Egea, Milano, 2006;
- A. Galgano - "Total quality" - Il Sole 24 Ore, Milan in 1991 and later editions;
. Roberta Solomon - Maria Teresa Clasadonte - Maria Proto - Andrea Raggi (Edited by), Product-Oriented Environmental Management Systems (POEMS), Springer, 2013;

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