ADVANCED MANUFACTURING METROLOGY AND PROCESS CONTROL
To provide students with an understanding of the status, challenges and trends in manufacturing and to prepare them for the potential opportunities of Industry 4.0, this course covers a broad range of topics centered on manufacturing-related measurement and control functions, which are aimed to improve manufacturing accuracy and precision and thereby to mature a manufacturing technology for demanding applications. These topics include a diverse variety of advanced manufacturing methods, cutting-edge metrology systems, measurement science and sensing technologies, data acquisition and analysis, machine learning, and process control with feedback systems. Class projects with lab work will offer the students real-world experience on manufacturing, material, measurement, modeling and control. Students will be required to develop a measurement and control system for a representative advanced manufacturing process such as an additive manufacturing process in a lab at Pitt, and gain experience for end-to-end digital integration and implementation of manufacturing processes with metrology- and model-based control systems.