Computer Integrated Manufacturing
I. Course Prefix/Number: MEC 210
Course Name: Computer Integrated Manufacturing
Credits: 4 (3 lecture; 2 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
The course will instruct students in:
- Fundamentals of CAD
- Programmable controllers
- Numerical control programming with interactive graphics
- Application of robotics
- Production planning and control
- Inventory management
- Computer-aided process and quality control
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• 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
1.1 CAD/CAM Defined 1.2 The Product Cycle and CAD/CAM 1.3 Automation and CAD/CAM
- 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
- Minicomputers, Microcomputers, and Programmable Controllers
3.1 Minicomputers 3.2 Microcomputers 3.3 Programmable Controllers
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
IX. Instructional Materials
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.
F Below 60%
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.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.