Modern automated manufacturing processes rely heavily on the use of sensors and control systems.

(a) Identify a product that is manufactured by an automated production system and describe the part played by sensors in its production.
(b) Discuss how the use of modern control systems affect the following:
(i) quality control;
(ii) the role of the operative


Industry is increasingly dependent upon computer technology at all stages of the design and manufacture of products.

(a) Assess the contribution made by computer technology at all stages of the design and manufacture of products.
(b) Select a project, that you have undertaken as part of your A level course, in which you found the use of computer technology helpful.
(i) Explain the ways in which the computer contributed to the outcome of the project.
(ii) Assuming you had access to a wider range of computer technology when working on the project, explain how this could have been used.


Computers are now widely used in the design and manufacture of products.

(a) Discuss three advantages of using computer technology in the design of products.
(b) Describe three ways in which computer technology is used in an automated manufacturing system.
(c) Fig 2 shows a hand-crafted wooden toy.

Fig. 2

Explain, by means of annotated sketches, the design modifications that would be necessary to make the toy suitable for volume manufacture by an automated process ineither:
(i) the same material (wood); or,
(ii) an alternative, specified, material.


Computers are now frequently used in the design and manufacture of many products.

(a) Discuss using appropriate examples, the advantages and limitations of using the computer as a design tool.
(b) Select a product in which the computer was used in the manufacturing stage and explain the likely benefits to:
(i) the user;
(ii) the manufacturer.