Flexible Manufacturing


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have gained knowledge about mass customization systems in an operations management context
  • Have gained knowledge about assessment of mass customization performance
  • Have gained knowledge about product architecture, manufacturing architecture and their relations to mass customization
  • Have gained knowledge about flexible manufacturing systems, reconfigurable manufacturing systems, changeable manufacturing systems, automated manufacturing systems and the differences between these.
  • Have gained knowledge of planning methods designed specifically for flexible manufacturing systems.


  • Be able to analyze a product family in terms of variety and product architecture
  • Be able to evaluate different IT solutions supporting mass customization, including product configurators and perform basic modelling
  • Be able to analyze a range of manufacturing tasks and evaluate different types of manufacturing systems to determine the appropriate level of flexibility vs. automation
  • Be able to model flexible manufacturing  problems


  • Have the competence to evaluate a company’s product portfolio in terms of volume, variety and manufacturing tasks and identify solutions for IT system support and manufacturing system design.

Type of instruction

The course consists of a number of lectures as well as the student’s independent learning effort. The form and extent of the course is determined and described in connection with planning the semester. The lesson plans, literature etc. are created in connection with this. The course is conducted as a combination of single-disciplinary, problem-oriented and cross-disciplinary fields of study, and it is structured from a work and evaluation form which combines skills and reflection:

  • Lectures
  • Class work
  • Project work
  • Workshops
  • Exercises (alone and in groups)
  • Teacher feedback
  • Reflection on content
  • Portfolio work.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examFlexible Manufacturing
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleFleksibel produktion
Module codeM-OSM-K1-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science