Sustainable manufacturing systems
2014-2015 - TØL4061 - 10 ECTS

On the basis of

  • TØL4041 Sustainable Development
  • TØL4031 Quality and Risk Management or TØL4032 Quality Engineering
  • TØL4051 Information Systems Strategy
  • TØL4021 Management and Leadership for sustainability
  • TØL4151 Life Cycle Assessment or TØL4161 Sustainable Products Innovation

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is supposed to have


  • knowledge about fundamental concept, strategies, principles and philosophy for sustainable processes and management
  • knowledge about Total Productive Maintenance
  • knowledge about Reverese logistics
  • knowledge about Disassembly and remanufactuirng
  • knowledge about Cleaner production


  • Carry out analysis and sythesis og manufacturing systems
  • Propose improvements to the existing manufacturing systems or develop new manufacturing systems with focus on sustainability
  • Model and reason about manufacturing systems using formal constructs

General kompetence:

  • ability to use IT-tools for simulation of production, Discrete Event Simulation, with focus on calculations for sustainability
  • ability to develop sustainable production systems
  • ability to develop disassembly, remaufacturing and cleaning processes


The older set of topics

  • Introduction to Operations management, Scheduling, capacity planning and production planning
  • Total Productive Maintenance, Maintenance for Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Plant Layout and material flow design and Discrete Event Simulations
  • Supply chain design and management
  • Sustainable Manufacturing Processes
  • Recylability, reverse logistics
  • Dissasembly and remanufacturing
  • Cleaning technology
  • Design for sustainable manufacturing

The new set of topics is presented below. The boldface  topics are the additional ones that are propose to introduce.

  • Systems thinking and systems engineering in context og manufacturing
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • Planning and scheduling for sustainability
  • Maintenance for sustainable manufacturing
  • Sustainable manufacturing processes
  • Discrete-event systems and discrete-event simulation
  • Intelligent systems for manufacturing
  • Changeable manufacturing

Teaching Methods

Group works

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course will be made accessible for both campus-  and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement.

The lectures in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students. Lectures that sum up the main issues in the lecture will also be available on internet through GUC’s learning management system (Fronter).

Tutoring is given at campus in accordance to announced times. In addition there will be at least one gathering at campus for remote students with mandatory laboratory exercises.

Tutoring is also available through internet.

All learning materials, lectures and tutoring will be in English. All hand-ins and exams must be in English.

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Report

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal examiners. External examiner every 4 years, next time 2015.

Re-sit examination

Re-send of report. New deadline for improved report

Examination support

All sources

Coursework Requirements

  • 6 individual assignment works – 4 must be approved
  • Mandatory presence in seminars and exercises

Teaching Materials

Collection of articles from compendium