Course Name

Introduction to Manufacturing Systems


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A line graph showing supplier lead time and inventory position.

Supplier lead time, the time between order and delivery. The current order must satisfy demand until the next order arrives. (Image by Dr. Stanley Gershwin.)


Dr. Stanley Gershwin

MIT Course Number

2.854 / 2.853

As Taught In

Fall 2016


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Features

Course Description

This course provides ways to analyze manufacturing systems in terms of material flow and storage, information flow, capacities, and times and durations of events. Fundamental topics include probability, inventory and queuing models, optimization, and linear and dynamic systems. Factory planning and scheduling topics include flow planning, bottleneck characterization, buffer and batch-size analysis, and dynamic behavior of production systems.