Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are used to integrate enterprise-wide information into a database and make that information available to managers. Within manufacturing operations, and their supply chain partners, most information is contained in Manufacturing Planning and Control (MPC) systems. The unit will introduce students with the principles of the MPC systems that support the manufacture of products for customers from order forecasts and firm production targets to actual material purchasing, manufacture, assembly and distribution to wholesale customers. Using hands on ERP systems (SAP R/3), students will build their own product with the necessary sub components, prepare bill of materials, implement the material requirement planning, and choose work centres for routing and production release. As the industry is heading towards Industry 4.0 and Supply Chain 4.0 vision, this unit will introduce students the transitioning strategies to the cyber-physical systems of Industry 4.0 in manufacturing in context of global supply chain. The unit includes a site visit for the students to view a live manufacturing unit.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Implement knowledge and the underlying principles to production planning and control related to manufacturing systems;  
  2. Critically reflect upon the theoretical approaches and analyse their applications to devise strategies in manufacturing and operations related cases;  
  3. Deconstruct complex product into its component parts and contextualise the use of SAP-PP (production and planning) module that covers a wide range of planning tools to schedule the production; and  
  4. Integrate transition of the production planning and control systems into the cyber-physical systems of Industry 4.0 and Supply Chain 4.0 context.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Lab exercise and written assignment on SAP-PP projects 30%
Case Study Case study report and Presentation on planning and control of manufacturing and operations (Group) 20%
Report Research and Application Report on an organisation engaged in processing and manufacturing (Group) 50%

Required reading

Production planning and Control: a comprehensive approach,
Kiran, D.R., 2019,
Elsevier, Oxford, UK

eBook: https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9780128183649/production-planning-and-control

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