Computer Integrated Manufacturing

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MEC 210

       Course Name: Computer Integrated Manufacturing

       Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides overview of hardware, software and procedures involved in computer design and manufacturing. Content includes hardware and fundamentals of CAD, programmable controllers, NC programming, robotics technology, inventory management and computer-integrated manufacturing.

IV.   Learning Objectives

The course will instruct students in:

  1. Fundamentals of CAD
  2. Programmable controllers
  3. Numerical control programming with interactive graphics
  4. Application of robotics
  5. Production planning and control
  6. Inventory management
  7. Computer-aided process and quality control

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Introduction
    1.1   CAD/CAM Defined
    1.2   The Product Cycle and CAD/CAM
    1.3   Automation and CAD/CAM
  2. Computer Technology
    2.1   Central Processing Unit (CPU)
    2.2   Types of Memory
    2.3   Input/Output
    2.4   Data Representation
    2.5   Computer Programming Languages
    2.6   Operating the Computer System
  3. Minicomputers, Microcomputers, and Programmable Controllers
    3.1   Minicomputers
    3.2   Microcomputers
    3.3   Programmable Controllers
  4. Fundamentals of CAD
    4.1   The Design Process
    4.2   The Application of Computers for Design
    4.3   Creating the manufacturing Data Base
    4.4   Benefits of Computer-Aided Design
  5. Hardware in Computer-Aided Design
    5.1   The Design Workstation
    5.2   The Graphics Terminal
    5.3   Operator Input Devices
    5.4   Plotters and Other Output Devices
    5.5   The Central Processing Unit
    5.6   Secondary Storage
  6. Computer Graphics Software and Data Base
    6.1   The Software Configuration of a Graphics System
    6.2   Functions of a Graphics Package
    6.3   Constructing the Geometry
    6.4   Transformations
    6.5   Data Base Structure and Content
    6.6   Wire-Frame versus Solid Modeling
    6.7   Other CAD Features and CAD/CAM Integration
  7. Conventional Numerical Control
    7.1   Basic Components of an NC System
    7.2   The NC Procedure
    7.3   NC Coordinate Systems
    7.4   NC motion Control Systems
    7.5   Applications of Numerical Control
    7.6   Economics of Numerical Control
  8. NC Part Programming
    8.1   The Punched Tape in NC
    8.2   Tape Coding and Format
    8.3   Manual Part Programming
    8.4   Computer-Assisted Part Programming
    8.5   The APT Language
    8.6   The MACRO Statement in APT
    8.7   NC Programming with Interactive Graphics
    8.8   Voice NC Programming
    8.9   Manual Data Input
  9. Computer Controls in NC
    9.1   Problems with Conventional NC
    9.2   NC Controller Technology
    9.3   Computer Numerical Control
    9.4   Direct Numerical Control
    9.5   Combined DNC/CNC Systems
    9.6   Adaptive Control Machining Systems
    9.7   Trends and New Developments in NC
  10. Robot Technology
    10.1   Robot Physical Configurations
    10.2   Basic Robot Motions
    10.3   Other Technical Features
    10.4   Programming the Robot
    10.5   Robot Programming Languages
    10.6   End Effectors
    10.7   Work Cell Control and Interlocks
    10.8   Robotic Sensors
  11. Robot Applications
    11.1   General Considerations in Robot Applications
    11.2   Material Transfer
    11.3   Machine Loading
    11.4   Welding
    11.5   Spray Coating
    11.6   Processing Operations
    11.7   Assembly
    11.8   Inspection
  12. Group Technology
    12.1   Part Families
    12.2   Parts Classification and Coding
    12.3   Three Parts Classification and Coding Systems
    12.4   Group Technology machines Cells
    12.5   Benefits of Group Technology
  13. Computer-Aided Process Planning
    13.1   The Planning Function
    13.2   Retrieval-Type Process Planning Systems
    13.3   Generative Process Planning Systems
    13.4   Benefits of CAPP
    13.5   Machinability Data Systems
    13.6   Computer-Generated Time Standards
  14. Production Planning and Control
    14.1   Traditional Production Planning and Control
    14.2   Problems with Traditional Production Planning and Control
    14.3   Computer-Integrated Production Management Systems
    14.4   Cost Planning and Control
  15. Inventory Management and MRP
    15.1   Inventory Management
    15.2   Material Requirements Planning
    15.3   Basic MRP Concepts
    15.4   Inputs to MRP
    15.5   How MRP Works
    15.6   MRP Output Reports
    15.7   Benefits of MRP
    15.8   MRP II: Manufacturing Resource Planning
  16. Shop Floor Control and Computer Process Monitoring
    16.1   Functions of Shop Floor Control
    16.2   The Shop Floor Control System
    16.3   Operation Scheduling
    16.4   The Factory Data Collection System
    16.5   Computer Process Monitoring
  17. Computer-Process Interfacing
    17.1   Manufacturing Process Data
    17.2   System Interpretation of Process Data
    17.3   Interface Hardware Devices
    17.4   Digital Input/Output Processing
    17.5   Hierarchical Computer Structures and Networking
  18. Computer Process Control
    18.1   Structural Model of a manufacturing Process
    18.2   Process Control Strategies
    18.3   Distributed Control versus Central Control
    18.4   Direct Digital Control
    18.5   Supervisory Computer Control
  19. Computer-Aided Quality Control
    19.1   Terminology in Quality Control
    19.2   The Computer in QC
    19.3   Contact Inspection Methods
    19.4   Noncontact Inspection Methods-Optical
    19.5   Noncontact Inspection Methods-Nonoptical
    19.6   Computer-Aided Testing
    19.7   Integration of CAQC with CAD/CAM
  20. Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Systems
    20.1   Types of Manufacturing Systems
    20.2   Machine Tools and Related Equipment
    20.3   Material Handling System
    20.4   Computer Control System
    20.5   Human Labor in the Manufacturing System
    20.6   CIMS Benefits
  21. Implementing a CAD/CAM System
    21.1   Turnkey CAD/CAM Systems
    21.2   Selection Criteria
    21.3   Evaluation of Alternative Systems

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture demonstration of drawing techniques with a hands on focus emphasizing the solution of drawing problems.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Instruction will be in a lecture/lab format with time in class to work on projects and homework assignments. Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course any late submissions will incur a 10% late fee.

A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F Below 60%
Attendance 10%

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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