2.830J Control of Manufacturing Processes (SMA 6303)

Spring 2004

A metal rod is machined on a lathe.
Process control guides the machining of a metal bar on a lathe. (Image courtesy of Prof. David Hardt.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of lecture notes and problem sets with solutions.

Course Description

The objective of this subject is to understand the nature of manufacturing process variation and the methods for its control. First, a general process model for control is developed to understand the limitations a specific process places on the type of control used. A general model for process variation is presented and three methods are developed to minimize variations: Statistical Process Control, Process Optimization and in-process Feedback Control. These are considered in a hierarchy of cost-performance tradeoffs, where performance is based on changes in process capability.

This course was also taught as part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance (SMA) programme as course number SMA 6306 (Manufacturing Physics III: Process Optimisation and Control).

Technical Requirements

Microsoft® Excel software is recommended for viewing the .xls files found on this course site. Free Microsoft® Excel viewer software can also be used to view the .xls files.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. David Hardt

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session