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Smart Manufacturing & Robotics 2

General objectives

Learning to deploy robots in manufacturing environments. Gaining practical knowledge and skills in programming production robot setups and implementing the use of external sensors and actuators in these setups. Gaining theoretical knowledge and practical skills in welding and adhesive bonding technology.  

Learning to use and independently apply integrated product design in a (small) working production line project. Setting up and building a (small) fully functional production line for simple and low-volume customizable products.

Summary of contents

In industry, automation of manufacturing has become widely implemented for mass products. In the nearby future, a need will however arise for specialized automation of joining techniques, due to shrinking qualified labor force. Next to welding, adhesive bonding can for many industries be considered an upcoming joining technique, although it has already been applied often in, for instance, the automotive industry.  

For both welding as well as adhesive bonding, specialized knowledge is a prerequisite for successful implementation in practical (automated) situations. Also, skills in welding and adhesive bonding form a major contribution to the insights into applying both techniques in practice. Practical courses in both topics will be offered with partners at external locations.  

Integrating into the design external input signals from sensors and actuators forms an essential part to creating “smart” robots. To be able to approach the design of these processes, students will have to apply a holistic (integral) method which takes into account not only the programming of robots, but also all auxiliary systems and logistics of manufacturing.  

The group project will have clear links to industrial application and will therefore form a challenge not only on a technical level, but also on working in a business-like team, dealing with decision-making and deadlines.

For more information and past projects, please refer to:


Expected student competency level reached by the end of the minor, level 3, meaning guided (passive) and complex environment or independent and difficult environment or guiding (active) and simple environment:  

Technical competencies with regard to manufacturing technology:

  • Executing a feasibility study of an automated production process (research) at level 3
  • Creating a conceptual design of an automated production process (design) at level 3
  • Creating a detailed part of a production, e.g. of sensors connected to an automated production process, equipment needed for welding/adhesive bonding (design) at level 3
  • Optimization of a product, e.g. process equipment, automation process at level 3
  • Maintenance and upkeep of a product, e.g. process equipment at level at level 3

Aanvullende informatie

Indication of target group

(International) students following courses in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics or possibly Industrial Design Engineering with an interest in manufacturing techniques as well as the automation of industrial production. Obligatory is to have completed minor SMR1.

Teaching methods + studyload

EPS cluster project “Design and implement a robotic joining process” (total: 10 ECTS):

Group project assignment including ICC workshop

Sensors and mechatronics theoretical and practical courses Integral production design (IPO) theoretical course

Supportive subjects:

2 ECTS: Welding technology theoretical course

2 ECTS: Adhesive bonding technology theoretical course

1 ECTS: Welding and adhesive bonding practical course

  • Lectures: average of 8 study hours per week for 7 weeks
  • Practical courses: average of 2 study hours per week for 7 weeks, excluding one week total full-time welding and adhesive bonding courses

Project:  average of 16 study hours per week for 7 weeks

Projects:  7 hours per week during 8 weeks


Parts of the practical courses are going to be taught at external locations, where lab facilities for welding and adhesive bonding are available. Partners include higher education institutions (TU Delft, Rotterdam university of applied sciences etc.) in the greater Delft area.


Minimum- and maximum participation

Minimum: 12 students, maximum: 30 students.


The minor will be taught entirely in English. Several excursions and guest lectures (industry, academia) will be made available to students as well as practical courses in welding and adhesive bonding outside of The Hague University of applied sciences. Additional costs might arise due to travel.


Students are expected to have a basic but broad understanding of materials engineering. Students should have proven technical design and group project work skills. Preferably one or more internships in industry should have been completed. As a measure of qualification, a minimum of 90 ECTS after the first year should have been obtained before enrolling in the course. Obligatory is to have completed minor SMR1.


Courses in the minor are examined in the following manner:  

Group project assignment parts:

  • Group report (decimal grade)
  • Functioning of test model (P/F)
  • Personal oral examination (P/F)
  • Individual competency reflection report (pass/fail), pass required for total project.
  • Intercultural communication: pass/fail
  • Sensors and mechatronics theoretical: case portfolio (decimal grade) and practical courses: participation (P/F)
  • Integral production design (IPO) theoretical course: portfolio (decimal grade)
  • Welding and adhesive bonding practical course: participation (pass/fail P/F)
  • Welding technology theoretical course: case portfolio (decimal grade)
  • Adhesive bonding technology theoretical course: case portfolio (decimal grade)

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. Practical work can be passed by active participation (e.g. filling out assignment sheets). 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 week of the term. Project product demonstration will be expected in the 9th week of the term.


  • Book: “Welding Technology” G. den Ouden, M. Hermans, 2009

Various readers and documentation (depending on project needs) on adhesive bonding, IPO and sensors/mechatronics subjects will be made available.