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Professional education: Production system 1– Flow analysis

Production systems in industry often involve high flexibility with the possibility of manufacturing a number of product variants or different products. Production systems are often built up of computer-controlled machines and robots, as well as sensors and control systems for collecting data in the manufacture and control of various processes. With more machines in a production system, more opportunities are given but also higher complexity. Knowledge of how efficient the system is therefore becomes important, as are methods of understanding how it works and how it can be even more efficient.

The starting point for the course is Lean Production, with an understanding of principles and concepts that can lead to higher efficiency. Then we introduce computer-based application for modelling and simulation of production systems. This provides the opportunity to simulate a production system, perform experiments on it according to different conditions, and optimize the system to increase efficiency.

Target group

This course is for professionals who work with production systems at different levels with a responsibility for individual production lines, departments, or has a role as production manager or production development. The course will mainly focus on the manufacturing industry in application examples, but principles that will be addressed will be applicable to a number of industries, including consulting companies working towards the manufacturing industry.


The course contains the following:

  • Production systems and concepts such as Industry 4.0 and Smart Industry
  • Lean Production and workshop with the Lean game
  • Programming exercises with event-based simulation of production systems
  • Analysis and optimization of production systems

Practical information

The majority of the course will take place on Campus (Växjö), and at a distance according to the schedule below. Some of the exercises are preferably attend on Campus, but we plan for it to be possible to follow the full course at a distance due to the Covid-19 situation.

  • Language of instruction: Swedish. Some literature and some parts may be in English.
  • The course is free of charge and gives 4 higher education credits, which normally includes about 100 hours of work.
  • Registration can be done continuously until the start of the course.
  • Course location is Växjö, but the course will be able to be followed over the internet.

Preliminary dates:

The course has been postponed due the current covid 19- situation and requests from industry, the course will start in April, specific dates will be posted during early spring.

Background to Lean, with focus on the manufacturing industry (GB), Introduction to simulation (GB)

Flow efficiency and introduction to the simulation tool Facts Analyzer (JP)

Lean Production (theory section) (GB, JP)

Lean game (TI) and feedback, homework for Facts (JP)

Group exercises and discussion: Flow efficiency in the emergency room, Lean + simulation + optimization (AG)

Distance presentation of homework Facts, and distance feedback (JP)

Presentations, study case (JP, GB)

GB: Gunnar Bolmsjö, JP: Jetro Pocorni, AG: Ainhoa ​​Goienetxea, TI: Torbjörn Ilar.

What previous competence do I need to apply?

Basic eligibility for this course is a bachelor's degree. Work experience in a relevant area for the course also provides an opportunity to apply for the course. Two years' relevant work experience is considered to correspond to one year of university studies at the bachelor's level.

Course code: 4MT070