Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

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IME 4490 - Advanced Product and Systems Design

Catalog Description:

This course covers advanced concepts in engineering design and CAD for proper integration of components into final product or system. Techniques and methodologies related to modeling, analysis, prototyping and improvement are presented in lecture and will be integrated with topics for previous courses. Individual and team projects are undertaken in parallel with a final comprehensive design project.

Prerequisites & Corequisites: Prerequisite:  IME 3440.  Corequisite:  IME 4480.

Credits: 3 hours

Lecture Hours - Laboratory Hours: (2 - 3)

Course Objectives, Performance Criteria, and Outcomes:

Course Objectives

ABET-TAC Outcomes2


Performance Criteria Measured1

Analyze and redesign mechanical components in a product/system


B1: Perform advanced interaction/contact stress analysis of structural and mechanical components

Understand and apply an integrated design process in a collaborative environment


Specify and detail a mechanical system interacting with other design teams

Develop ability to model and resolve issues in products and systems


F3: Perform critical evaluation of products in order to define possible solutions and alternative designs

Identify tools and theories to be applied based on the problem being addressed, and properly specify components to be used in a product/system


Properly determine design parameters and PLM segments that need to be addressed in design process

Learn and utilize accepted standards for technical design communication


Generate and distribute design reports that document design procedure followed

Performance Criteria1: IME performance criteria may be found at

ABET-TAC Outcomes2: Outcomes may be found at

*results tracked in ABET course notebooks

Course Overview:

An advanced design course bringing together analysis and synthesis topics, and computer-aided tools for integrated design. Topics in concept generation and evaluation, as well as product/system generation and evaluation are included. Methodologies such as Design for Assembly/Manufacturing, Design for Sustainability, and Failure Mode and Effect Analysis are applied to final designs. Design projects are main component in the lab. CAD use is required.


Machine Elements in Mechanical Design, by Robert L. Mott, 4th edition, Pearson& Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2004. (textbook for IME 3440)


The Mechanical Design Process, by David G. Ullman, 4th edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2009.

The Basics of FMEA, by Robin E. McDermott, Raymond J. Mikulak and Michael R. Beauregard, 2nd edition, Productivity Press, New York, NY, 2008.

On-line Help for Pro/E, Pro/M, ProductPoint.

Course Coordinator:

Jorge Rodriguez
Western Michigan University
E-224 Parkview Campus
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008-5336
Phone: 276-3374

Revision Date: Summer 2011


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
(269) 276-3350 | (269) 276-3353 Fax

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