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Basic Manufacturing has already established itself as a core text for manufacturing courses in Further Education. The new edition has been revised to be fully in line with the new Vocational GCSE in Manufacturing from Edexcel, covering the three compulsory units of this scheme, and will continue to act as a core text for Intermediate GNVQ. Coverage of the two schemes is combined throughout the text, yet each chapter clearly illustrates which sections map to which units within the two scheme specifications.
The author's approach is student-centred with self-check questions and activities provided throughout. As a result, the book is well suited to independent study. It is also clearly written to appeal to students of all abilities. Review questions are provided at the end of each chapter to consolidate learning and give practice for external assessments.
The third edition contains a brand new chapter to cater for the examinable part of the GCSE syllabus (Unit 3), which includes case studies in the six sectors covered in the scheme: food and drink/biological and chemical; printing and publishing/paper and board; textiles and clothing; engineering fabrication; mechanical/automotive engineering; electrical and electronic engineering/computer/process control/telecommunications.
The book is an excellent, readable introduction to the technical and business aspects of the manufacturing industry that will be invaluable for students on a wide range of courses, including City and Guilds certificates. It also provides a good grounding for students embarking on higher-level programmes within Manufacturing.
Roger Timings is one of the UK's leading authors of textbooks on manufacturing and engineering.
The manufacturing industry: What is manufacturing. The main UK manufacturing sectors. The chemical industry. The engineering industry. The food, drink and tobacco products industry. Paper and board manufacture. Textiles, clothing and footwear. The importance of the main manufacturing sectors to the UK economy. Industry and its location. Key stages of production (example). Key stages of production (general). Scales of production. Assessment activities. Design and graphical communication: Product design specification. Materials used in manufacture. Properties of materials. Physical properties. Production details and constraints. Quality standards. Generating proposals to meet a design brief. Graphical communication. Technical drawings. Patterns, samples and swatches. From design brief to finished product. Assessment activities. Manufacturing products: Production planning and the schedule for manufacture. Teamwork. Preparation of materials and components. Machinery, tools and equipment in the working environment. The preparation of tools and equipment. Processing methods. Handling and storage of materials and finished parts. Combining and assembling components. Assembly of components and sub-assemblies to specification and quality standards. Quality and production control. Safety equipment, health and safety procedures and systems. Safe working practices. Assessment activities. Applications of technology: The use of information and communication technology. Control technology and robotics. Smart materials, modern materials and components. Impact of modern technology. The stages in manufacturing a product. Investigating products. Assessment activities. Case studies: The Internet and the World Wide Web. Databases. Spreadsheets. Computer aided engineering. Rapid prototyping. Reverse engineering. A simple milling program. A simple turning program. Programmable logic controllers. Pick and place robot. Wood machining. Coated and smart fabrics. Specialised adhesives. The microprocessor. Microprocessor systems. The impact of modern technology on the global environment and sustainability. Investigating a compact disk.