Technical Quality

Subject description

Fundamental structure of European technical quality (safety, reliability, assessment, accreditation…);

Measurememnts and Metrology systems, standardization, conformity assessment, certification…); 

Accreditation, certification systems of products and services;

Quality systems in different fields;

Methods for technical quality assurance in different fields (industry, services, health, Etc.);

Some important technical EU directives (Low Voltage, Electromagnetic, Medicine, etc.);

Consumer protection, general technical safety, industrial property and patentability;

Measurements in medical applications and quality engineering; 

Measurements in industrial applications and sustainability testing; 

Robotics and measurements for sustainable business operations; 

Energy efficiency measurements of buildings and products; 

Environmental measurements – observation of the state of the environment; 

Electromobility and quality engineering; 

Measurements for green transition, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation; 

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Aim of the course is to get acquainted with concrete knowledge on technical quality of production systems, services, trade, research, health and environment care, etc. in scope of technical infrastructure as required by European union rules. Scope of technical quality deals with measurements, testing, accreditation, standardisation, conformity assessment, proficiency testing, CE marking and consumer protection. In the EU technical directives presents basics for implementation of technical infrastructures for each field and supported by technical standards, which is basis for functioning of common European market.

Their implementation requires concrete engineering knowledge, specially connected to the field of electrical engineering.

Understanding the connection between quality engineering and the field of medical technology. Knowledge of sustainability testing in industrial applications. The applicability of robotic applications in quality and environmental sustainability. Knowledge of methods of measuring the energy efficiency of products and buildings. Understanding the measurement of environmental parameters and methods of measuring the state of the environment. Knowledge of the importance of testing new technologies and standardization in the case of electromobility. 

Introduction of terms and concepts of green transition, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability. 

Teaching and learning methods

lectures, auditory exercises, laboratory exercises, seminar works, invited lectures, excursion 

Expected study results

After successful completion of the course students should be able to:

– explain and interpret basic concepts in the field of technical infrastructure, standardization, accreditation, certification, European and national legislation, the creation of a standard and the purpose of the directives

– use standards in the field of quality assurance

– outline overall quality management, use quality assurance tools, and methods such as QFD and FMEA

– plan and perform concrete work in the field of testing work for quality assurance and safety, preparation of optimal experiment

– recognize the importance of technical quality for a sustainable and environmentally acceptable development cycle of products and services 

– understand terms and concepts of green transition, energy efficiency, environmental sustainability, climate change mitigation 

Basic sources and literature

  2. European Union Council Directive 93/42/EEC of 14 June 1993 concerning medical devices (Medical Device Directive), Official Journal L 169 , 12/07/1993
  3. Council Directive (LVD) 2006/95/EC on the harmonization of the laws of Member States relating to electrical equipment  designed for use within certain voltage limits Official Journal L 374, 27/12/2006
  4. Directive EMC EMC 2004/108/EC  on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to electromagnetic compatibility
  5. Drnovšek, J.; Begeš, G.; Tehniška kakovost-Laboratorijski praktikum; Ljubljana: Fakulteta za elektrotehniko 2012
  6. Drnovšek, J.; Begeš, G.; Tehniška kakovost-Povzetek predavanj; Ljubljana: Fakulteta za elektrotehniko 2012
  7. A.J.Marlow: Quality control for Technical Documentation, Amazon, 2005
  8. QFD: Quality Function Deployment – Integrating Customer Requirements into Product Design by Yoji Akao, Amazon, 2004 House of Quality (QFD) in a Minute, Second Edition by Christian N. Madu, Amazon, 2006
  9. Quality Function Deployment and Six Sigma, Second Edition (paperback): A QFD Handbook (2nd Edition) (QFD Handbooks) by Joseph P. Ficalora and Louis Cohen, Amazon, 2012
  10. The Six Sigma Handbook, Third Edition by Thomas Pyzdek and Paul Keller, Amazon 2009
  11. The Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Handbook by Roderick A., Ph.D. Munro, Matthew J. Maio and Mohamed B. Nawaz, Amazon,  2008
  12. Design for Six Sigma: A Roadmap for Product Development by Kai Yang and Basem EI-Haik, Amazon, 2008
  13. Quality Control for Dummies by Larry Webber and Michael Wallace, Amazon, 2012
  14. Design for Manufacturability: How to Use Concurrent Engineering to Rapidly Develop Low-Cost, High-Quality Products for Lean Production by David M. Anderson, Amazon, 2014
  15. Effective FMEAs: Achieving Safe, Reliable, and Economical Products and Processes using Failure Mode and Effects Analysis by Carl Carlson, Amazon, 2012
  16. Practical Reliability Engineering by Patrick P. O'Connor and Andre Kleyner, Amazon, 2012
  17. Quality Assurance & Technical Documentation: A Simplified Approach by Evan Aksen, Amazon,  2012
  18. VIM – International Vocabulary of Terms in Legal Metrology 2012


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