The Assessment with 2 parts
Current material and manufacturing process analysis
Write a report that clearly describes and critically evaluates the events and
circumstances surrounding the current material choice, manufacturing and assembly
processes used to produce this component. Highlight the potential problems and
issues that arise with the existing material choice and manufacturing/assembly
process. Your report should cover all of the key assessment criteria listed below and
be informed by current academic literature (1500 words maximum) [40%]
Proposed material and manufacturing process
Recommend ways in which the component could be produced from an alternative
material and/or manufacturing/assembly method. Within your discussions you should
consider at least three different manufacturing processes, for example machining
from solid, additive layer manufacture and composite manufacture. Critically
evaluate your proposal highlighting the main advantages and disadvantages and the
effect of these improvements on the product and organisation in relation to the
assessment criteria listed below; this should be informed by current academic
literature (2500 words maximum) [60%].
Please Note: Your discussion should be informed by current academic literature. This means
that you need to search for literature (company and academic published literature) on the
subject and to use this literature to support your proposals, suggestions or arguments. This
literature should be referenced using the UWE Harvard referencing system.
1. Appraise the main characteristics of the manufacturing processes
2. Evaluate the main manufacturing issues within the organisation
3. Analyse the problems associated with assembly and testing
4. Analyse the integration between design and manufacture to achieve effective design for
function, maintenance and minimum cost
5. Describe and analyse the dynamics of the production facility
6. Demonstrate how measures or performance such as inventory level, throughput,
recurring and non-recurring costs are managed
7. Examine the quality control issues
8. Discuss the supply chain and logistics strategies
9. Outline the H&S issues and considerations
10. Discuss the sustainability and environmental issues and considerations
Notes for Assignment Selection
The delegates in consultation with their managers / company advisors (if appropriate) and/or
the Module Leader will make project selection and allocation. Remember this project is your
vehicle to demonstrate your understanding of advanced manufacturing. The Module Leader
may wish to suggest modifications to the scope and content of proposed projects.
Writing the assessment
The report you produce should reflect 55 hours of work. This time includes background
reading, experience from your own job and the written work required for assessment.
Please refer to the assessment guidelines before beginning your work. This document can
be found under the ‘Resources’ section of the ECCDF/CPD notional award Blackboard site.
Please note that the pass mark is 50% and the assignment, excluding appendices and
tables. The assignment should be between 3000 and 4000 words in length. The maximum
word limit of 4000 words should not be exceeded.
The purpose of the assignment is to apply your knowledge of advanced manufacturing and
assembly to a component or manufacturing/assembly process within your organisation. The
assignment will provide opportunities for delegates to:
Reflect upon how manufacture and assembly is managed and improved in a chosen
Evaluate the effectiveness of the chosen manufacture and assembly processes to date
Gain insights into the problems and opportunities that manufacture and assembly
Identify potential improvements and significant changes to the manufacturing and
Achieve an awareness of the wide range of manufacturing and assembly techniques
Provide a learning framework from which the delegate can achieve the learning
objectives associated with the Advanced Manufacturing module
Delegates must consider the following learning objectives/outcomes when writing the
Manufacturing technology and the importance of technological developments and
automation in generating and maintaining competitive advantage in the World
The significance of manufacturing philosophies, approaches, systems and quality in
enhancing the effectiveness and profitability of manufacturing operations.
The need for co-ordination between the business strategy of the company and its
The importance of the integration of product design, manufacturing system design and
manufacturing technology selection.
Traditional and new innovative manufacturing processes and assembly techniques used
in the aerospace industry and other developing industrial sectors.
Propose suitable manufacturing technology and techniques for the production of
specified components and appraise each technique in terms of manufacturing efficiency
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