Sustainable manufacturing systems
2015-2016 - TØL4061 - 10 ECTS

On the basis of

  • TØL4041 Sustainable Development
  • TØL4031 Quality and Risk Management
  • 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