Sustainable Manufacturing Technolgy
Study plans 2016-2017 - TØL4091 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

After the course, the students are supposed to have advanced knowledge and overview about sustainable manufacturing technology. The students shall be able to make choices on technology and manufacturing processes in a manufacturing plant. The course will include process automation for sustainable manufacturing, control engineering and robotics. Additive manufacturing, machining and automated assembly will be used as example processes. The students shall be able to decide operation planning paths and correct automation level. 


  • Advanced knowledge and overview about sustainable manufacturing technology.
  • Introduction to control engineering and theories of control systems used in automation
  • Advanced knowledge on the role of automation and industrial robots in modern manufacturing
  • Knowledge on process and operation planning
  • Introduction to machining, additive manufacturing and automated assembly
  • Knowledge about Labview and simulation tools for manufacturing processes


  • Can make choices on technology and manufacturing processes in a manufacturing plant
  • Can carry out development and research on manufacturing technology

General competence:

  • Understand the basics of sustainable manufacturing technology including theories of control systems and automation
  • Can contribute to new thinking and innovation in the area of sustainable manufacturing technologies  
  • Can apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects


  • Overview on sustainable manufacturing technology.
  • Process automation for sustainable manufacturing
  • Introduction to industrial robotics, industrial automation and control engineering
  • Additive manufacturing, machining and automated assembly
  • Process and operation planning

Teaching Methods

Laboratory work

Teaching Methods (additional text)

The course teaching language is English. Teaching, tutoring, assignments and exam are given in English.

The course will be made accessible for both campus- and remote students. Seminars in the course will be given on campus and are open for both categories of students through web conference-systems (Eluminate, Adobe Connect etc). Recordings of seminars and tutoring sessions will be available on internet through the learning management system. Laboratory exercises must be done on-campus.

In case of less than 4 students, the course will be based on self-study.

Form(s) of Assessment

Home exam, 12 hours
Oral exam, individually

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • 12 hour individual home exam is given a temporary grade.
  • Individual oral examination (15 minutes) may adjust the grade up or down to the final grade.
  • Students must pass the home exam to be able to present themselves for the oral examination.
  • Students must pass both parts to pass the course
  • For off campus students the oral exam will be arranged through web conference.

Grading Scale

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

External/internal examiner

Internal examiners. External examiner every 4 years, next time in 2016.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit for the home exam (next August). For the oral exam there will be a re-sit in agreement with the course responsible.

Coursework Requirements

  • 60% of hand-ins must be approved
  • Mandatory presence on seminars and laboratory exercises

The standard language is English. All hand-ins, exams etc. must be written in English.

Teaching Materials

Selected compendiums given at the start of the course