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Smart Manufacturing & Robotics 1

General objectives

After completing this minor the student has the following technical abilities:

  • Program actual industrial robots;
  • Integrate robots into production lines;
  • Design flexible, automated production lines;
  • Professional client contact

After completing this minor the student has the following facility design abilities:

  • Design new production facilities;
  • Optimize existing production facilities;
  • Simulate entire factories;

Summary of contents

The global competitive landscape of manufacturing is rapidly changing due to the onset of advanced manufacturing technologies. Smart manufacturing combines the advantages of mass production and piecewise production to bring about a fundamental change in the way production processes designed, built and executed.   This industrial robot automation focused minor prepares you – by hands-on practice and theory – for this change. You will learn to design and simulate an entire factory as well as program our own industrial robots.

For more information and past projects, please refer to:


At the end of this minor you will have met the Bachelor end standards of the following competencies:

  • Implementing part of a production system (implementation)
  • Executing a feasibility study of a factory automation project (research)
  • Creating a conceptual factory automation design (design)
  • Drawing up of factory automation project plan (planned operation)                                              
  • Self-management (individual/group)

All competencies except professionalization are expected to be available (previously proven) at the level that is required for the major of Mechanical Engineering, which is coupled to the Bachelor of Engineering standard.

Aanvullende informatie

Indication of target group

All (international) students with a technical affinity.


Teaching methods + studyload

EPS cluster project “Implement a real robot in a real production line” (total: 10 ECTS).

Project including robotics practicum and ICC and English course:

Automation and Robotics

Design for assembly

Intercultural team

3 ECTS: Enterprise dynamics

2 ECTS: Internal logistics

  • Lectures: 7 hours per week during 7 weeks
  • Practicums: 4 hours per week during 7 weeks
  • Tutoring: 4 hours per week

Projects:  7 hours per week during 8 weeks


Minimum- and maximum participation

Minimum: 12 students, maximum: 25 students.



The project (or parts of it) may be executed in cooperation with local companies working in the international market. Excursions will take place to local companies working in the international market.


  • Basic knowledge of production technologies.
  • 90 ECTS (propedeuse points do not count).
  • Sufficient English ability to be able to participate in group work, understand lectures and written materials.

Note: International students may gain access after three years (or an equivalent of 135 ECTS) of university education. Please contact the minor coordinator for details.


Courses in the minor are examined in the following manner. Project:

  • Project documentation
  • Presentation
  • Demonstration
  • Interrogation
  • Collaboration with fellow students
  • intercultural and English abilities
  • hard- and software practicums

 Automation & robotics Subjects*:

  • Enterprise dynamics: portfolio (pass/fail)
  • Internal logistics: portfolio (pass/fail)

For all parts of the project and all courses at least a result of 5,5 out of 10 needs to be obtained after re-examination or a "Pass" in case of a pass/fail examination schema. Practical work can be passed by active participation. If all parts are passed on these terms, the minor is completed.  

Examination will take place in the 8th week of the term and re-examination in the 10th (final) week of the term. Project product demonstration will be expected in the 9th week of the term.  

*Subject names may be subject to change.


  • Various books
  • readers and documentation

Details will be announced later