Introduction to Manufacturing Systems

Bar graph showing a bottleneck in a 20 machine production line.

Bar graph showing a bottleneck in a 20 machine production line. (Image by Prof. Stanley Gershwin.)


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2.854 / 2.853

As Taught In

Fall 2010


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course provides students with ways of analyzing manufacturing systems in terms of material flow and storage, information flow, capacities, and times and durations of events. Fundamental topics covered include probability, inventory and queuing models, forecasting, optimization, process analysis, and linear and dynamic systems. This course also covers factory planning and scheduling topics including flow planning, bottleneck characterization, buffer and batch-size tactics, seasonal planning, and dynamic behavior of production systems.

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Stanley Gershwin, and Duane Boning. 2.854 Introduction to Manufacturing Systems. Fall 2010. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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