Process Planning

1st Edition

The Design/Manufacture Interface

Authors: Peter Scallan
Paperback ISBN: 9780750651295
eBook ISBN: 9780080473994
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 20th June 2003
Page Count: 496
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Process Planning covers the selection of processes, equipment, tooling and the sequencing of operations required to transform a chosen raw material into a finished product. Initial chapters review materials and processes for manufacturing and are followed by chapters detailing the core activities involved in process planning, from drawing interpretation to preparing the final process plan. The concept of maximising or 'adding value' runs throughout the book and is supported with activities.

Designed as a teaching and learning resource, each chapter begins with learning objectives, explores the theory behind process planning, and sets it in a 'real-life' context through the use of case studies and examples. Furthermore, the questions in the book develop the problem-solving skills of the reader.

ISO standards are used throughout the book (these are cross-referenced to corresponding British standards).

This is a core textbook, aimed at undergraduate students of manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering with manufacturing options and materials science.

Key Features

  • Features numerous case studies and examples from industry to help provide an easy guide to a complex subject
  • Fills a gap in the market for which there are currently no suitable texts
  • Learning aims and objectives are provided at the beginning of each chapter - a user-friendly method to consolidate learning


All mechanical engineering, manufacturing and materials science undergraduate students. Some market in industry as many managers currently have little knowledge of this level of planning.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements.

Introduction to manufacturing: Introduction. Aims and objectives. What is manufacturing? What is a manufacturing system? Inputs and outputs of a manufacturing system. Common characteristics of a manufacturing system. Developing a manufacturing strategy. Manufacturing organizational structures. Categories of manufacturing system. Processing Strategies. Plant layout. Manufacturing engineering. Summary. Case Studies: Re-organization at Edward Marks Ltd; Manufacturing at Stickley Furniture. Chapter review questions. References and further reading.

What is process planning? Introduction. Aims and objectives. Design and manufacture cycle. What is process planning? Process planning - the design/manufacture interface. Process planning activities. Process planning and industrial engineering. Process planning and quality assurance. Process planning and production planning. Process planning methods. Basic process planning terminology. Summary. Case Studies: Manufacturing at McCall Diesel Works; Planning at High Performance Pumps. Chapter review questions. References and further reading.

Drawing interpretation: Introduction. Aims and objectives. Engineering communication. Identifying useful supplementary information. Material and specification. Special material treatments. Equivalent parts (interchangeability and standardiza


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About the Author

Peter Scallan

As well as holding a masters degree in Computer Aided Engineering Design, Peter Scallan is a qualified teacher, assessor and internal verifier, and has taught at Kilmarnock College, the University of Paisley and the Open University. His teaching experience includes courses in Manufacturing Technology, Quality Management, Operations Management and Manufacturing Management. He has written and presented numerous papers nationally and internationally. Currently, Peter is Head of Studies at the Saudi British Electronics Institute in Riyadh.

Affiliations and Expertise

Saudi British Electronics Institute, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.