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Product Life Cycle Management
Michele Germani

Seat Ingegneria
A.A. 2016/2017
Credits 6
Hours 48
Period II
Language ENG


Learning outcomes
The course enables students to acquire advanced skill on design methods life cycle oriented and manage the process with appropriate software tools, especially in view of economic, environmental and social impact of products-processes-services. This skill, by integrating the knowledge gained in the teachings of industrial plants, mechanical products design, power systems design, virtual prototyping and manufacturing technologies, will form the insights that will enrich the knowledge of the methods and tools used to ensure the flow and exchange of technical information within the company. In this way, the student acquires a clear awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering, with a clear reference to the energy aspects and sustainability related to the entire life cycle of the product-process-service system
In order to address advanced design topics, even of considerable complexity, and treat the innovation and development of new products, processes and services through the application of the acquired skills, the student will be able to use the methodologies and tools for the description of the product / process development and for the integrated management of data throughout its entire life cycle, with particular attention to aspects of sustainability (economic, environmental and social) This ability will be concretized through a number of vocational skills, such as: 1. the ability to design technical solutions that are conceived on the base of analysis of the entire life cycle; 2. the ability to assess the characteristics of a product-process-service based on criteria of sustainability (economic, environmental and social); 3. the ability to properly interpret the simulation of use scenarios of products-processes-services, working in teams with other students involved in the study of the problem
The execution of a problem-solving exercise that will be done in groups and that will lead to the realization of a report, will help the student to improve both the degree of independence of judgment in general and the ability to communicate that also is achieved from team working, and, finally, the ability to learn independently and to determine conclusions

Outline of Product Design Methods. Product Life Cycle Management Systems: definitions, functionalities and implementation. Life Cycle Costing; Life Cycle Design and Life Cycle Assessment. Ecodesign methods and tools. Design for Eco-Sustainability. Design for Assembly and Design for Disassembly. Recycling, Reuse and Remanufacturing. Design for Energy Efficiency. Outline of Virtual Manufactring. A real case of product design will be faced

Development of the examination
The evaluation of the level of understanding of the students is done with a written report and an oral exam: the written report regards the eco-sustainable design or redesign of a product or process or service. During the oral examination, the student will be asked to answer to questions related to the writtene report or about some of the topics of the course. The written report is preparatory for the oral exam. In case of fail during the oral exam, the student will be requested to repeat also the written exam.

In order to pass the exam, the student must demonstrate that he/she knows the systems relevant to the life cycle management of the product and in particular the rules and methods for sustainable design considering the entire life cycle and to have developed the skills to know how to successfully implement a sustainable project of product / process / service.

The mark of the written report is determined by taking into account the following criteria: ability to use the methods and systems for environmentally sustainable design, consistency of the results with the requirements of project assigned The mark of the oral exam is determined by taking into account the following criteria: knowledge of methods and tools covered in the course; capacity for analysis and synthesis of practical cases of application of the life cycle management in terms of sustainability

In order to get the minimum mark (i.e. 18/30), the student must get at least 18/30 for the written report and he/she must answer in a sufficient way during the oral examination, in order to demonstrate that he/she has acquired know how to use methods and tools to manage the life cycle of a system in a sustainable way.. The maximum mark (i.e. 30/30 cum laude) can be achieved by providing a very accurate and detailed written report with significant results from the design point of view and showing that he/she has acquired a significant knowledge of the course content.

Recommended reading
E.Manzini, C.A. Vezzoli, “Design for Environmental Sustainability“, Springer 2008. A. Saksvuori, A. Immonen, “Product Lifecycle Management“, Springer 2010. Documents handed out during the course and material available on the eLearning platform (http://moodle.univpm.it)

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