The course aims to give the student a directional view of production systems and to provide the basic tools, technical and economic, for the high-level design and conduct of the process and service systems. The teaching method of the course includeslectures and computer exercises on case studies using the spreadsheet. Large space is dedicated to the treatment of factors of uncertainty and the related simulation approach.
1. Introduction. The industrial enterprise. The industrial plant and its utilities.
2. Basics of industrial economics. The production function. Start-up costs and business costs. Fixed costs and variable costs. Down-time costs. Obsolescence, amortment, interest. Balance of the enterprise.
3. Economics and plant decisions. Formulae to capitalize and to discount. Proceeds and gains. Margin. Break even point. Assessment criteria of industrial investements.
4. Dimensioning of industrial utilities. Service continuity and fail probability of components and systems. Reliability and Availability. Redundancy costs. Central and distributed utilities. Dimensioning of utilities in uncertain condistions. Dimensioning of buffers. Scale effects on costs.
5. Operations Research. Linear Programming. Monte-Carlo simulation. Queue Theory. Decisions in uncertain conditions.
6. Design of industrial plants and commisioning. Feasibility study. Lay-out. Program management. PERT and GANNT techniques.
see Italian side