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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Prepare to set-up production machines 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
335874  Prepare to set-up production machines 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Manufacturing and Assembly Processes 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  11 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Purpose:

This is one of two most important Unit Standards for this Qualification. It contains competencies that will assist the learner in performing their activities within a production environment. The learner will have an in-depth understanding of the production process and its constituent elements, assess process performance, demonstrate knowledge of the theory of products, materials, machines and plan to set-up a machine. The learner must also be aware of safety and health issues.

Learners credited with this standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and theory of the production environment.
  • Explain process performance.
  • Discuss knowledge and theory of product and materials.
  • Discuss knowledge and theory of machines.
  • Explain safety, health, environment and quality requirements.
  • Plan to set-up a production machine. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication at NQF Level 3.
  • Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3.
  • Operate and monitor a machine at NQF Level 2.
  • Prepare to monitor and adjust production machines at NQF Level 3.
  • Monitor and adjust production machines at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
  • The automotive components environment include both the manufacturing and assembly departments or sections.
  • This Unit Standard is not restricted to the automotive environment. It can be used in any component assembly or manufacturing context.
  • 'Production process' includes both manufacturing and assembly. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and theory of the production environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The different departments in a production environment are identified and described in terms of their functions and inter-relationships. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The total production environment is discussed in terms of how external factors impact upon it and how to minimise the negative effect of these factors. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    This could include describing how human resources can be deployed inter-changeably in different departments.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship between materials process and the environment is described to illustrate the importance of limiting the impact of production on the broader environment. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Aspects to consider are the minimisation of consumption of material and energy resources, design specifications to maximise energy efficiency.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of time and time management in the production environment is explained to prevent any delay in the process and any impact on downstream processes or customer deadlines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The broader company policies are explained to indicate the production processes the company is involved in. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The correlation between personal behaviour and the standard operating procedure of the company is discussed to emphasise the importance of teamwork and a positive attitude in the workplace. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Explain process performance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The production process is described in terms of the factors that influence it internally. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The description includes but is not limited:
  • The primary goal and the factors that influence the production process, process framework, material consumption and model of the manufacturing process.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of statistical calculations is discussed to show how their interpretations assist in assessing process performance and performance capability. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The role of the machine operator is described in terms of their importance in the performance of the production process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The Process Data Sheet (PDS) is discussed to show how it informs the performance of the production process to help improve the process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of conducting an analysis of the process performance is explained, using relevant knowledge of the total production environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Discuss knowledge and theory of product and materials. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The use of sub-standard material is described in terms of the potential impact on the final product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The various materials used in products made through a production process are identified and discussed in terms of properties, availability and costs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • This includes but is not limited to Ceramics, metals and alloys, polymers and composites.
  • Properties include but are not limited to Ductility, hardness, conductivity, toughness, strength, weight, weld ability and elasticity.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The construction and the design of the product are explained to indicate how raw materials and other components are combined together. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Aspects to consider include but are not limited to construction specifications, electrical characteristics and attenuation.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Materials are identified, selected and utilised using a checklist to prevent a high reject rate of the final product. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The tolerances of different materials are discussed to gauge the variations from the ideal shape to that of produced parts. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Products are identified using various methods for different contexts. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods include but are not limited:
  • Serial numbers, part numbers, machine readable codes, logos and ink jet marking.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Discuss knowledge and theory of the machines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The machine capabilities are discussed to ensure optimal machine performance without causing damage to the machine or products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The machine specifications are explained to ensure optimal and safe operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The tools for the preparation and set-up of the machine are identified and described in terms of the specific requirements for a particular machine. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The tooling requirements of the machine are discussed for particular product specifications and for machine set-up, operation and control. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The machine indicators are discussed in terms of their importance in the production process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The components of the machine are discussed for different production and operation needs and in accordance with different specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The correct operation of a machine is maintained through monitoring and performing related activities. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Related activities include but are not limited to quality control, quality improvement, machine efficiency, safety checks, production efficiency, production report.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Explain safety, health, environment and quality requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Procedures pertaining to power failures and fire are explained and applied to prevent injury to self and others. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Safety, health and environment policies, procedures, aspects and standards are applied and monitored to ensure organisational compliance with relevant legislation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    International quality standards are discussed and complied with as part of the quality management system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate to the activity being performed is used to prevent injury. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate housekeeping practices are applied to ensure production efficiency and a cleaner environment. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 6 
    Plan to set-up machines. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The location of tools, tooling and equipment is identified to prevent delays in the production process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The production schedule is interpreted in terms of the requirements stipulated therein. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of settings on production costs is discussed to ensure that machine runs within the mean limit of the specification. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The planning process is explained to ensure that the machine is adjusted correctly and that the appropriate components are installed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of determining and selecting the correct materials, tools, tooling and equipment is explained to ensure customer satisfaction with the product and prevent loss to the company. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The importance of deadlines in the production process is discussed in relation to customer satisfaction and retention. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Products to be produced are identified so that the machine is loaded correctly in preparation for production. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the ETQA policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments at exit points of the Qualification, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described both in individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the Qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Materials.
  • Parts, controls, instruments and equipment.
  • Products.
  • Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties:

    Materials to be processed.
  • Materials used for equipment, machines and tooling.
  • Production schedule.
  • Production process.
  • Properties and characteristics of tools, equipment and services (pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanical, water and electricity).

    Purpose of:
  • Product changeovers.
  • Set-up and operating procedures.
  • Quality procedures with regards to materials and products.
  • Health and safety procedures.

    Processes, events, causes and; effects and implications:
  • Impact of settings on product cost.
  • Things going wrong, e.g. accidents, power and service failure, wrong or poorly prepared materials, poor planning procedures and change of plan or schedules.

    Procedures and techniques:
  • Quality.
  • Safety.
  • Planning.
  • Installation and removal of tooling.
  • Setting-up.
  • Internal ordering.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Quality standards and specifications.
  • Regulations related to safety and health.
  • Regulations appropriate to the product.
  • Provisions of applicable acts.

    Theory: rules, principles and laws:
  • Temperature, changes of state and melting properties.
  • Electricity, current, power, resistance, circuits and components.
  • Behaviour of gases, fluids and solids.
  • Pressure and vacuum.

    Relationships and systems:
  • Pre- and post-processes related to the material properties.
  • Relationship between materials, process and environment .
  • Environmental influences on quality.
  • Relationships between set up, materials, processes and final product. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made when:
  • Engaging with product faults related to setting and undertake appropriate actions.
  • Correcting conditions or practices which will damage or reduce the life of the machines and equipment.
  • Identifying conditions or practices that will impact on the properties of the material to be processed or the end product performance and correct. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation, community to:
  • Interact with work group members to effect efficient and problem free changeovers and set ups. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsively and effectively when:
  • Prepare, plan and sequence events and procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information to:
  • Record, categorise and explain problems, faults and down times related to settings.
  • Collect and record changes to settings for repeatability. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation to:
  • Request or instruct work group members and associated people to co-ordinate and effect settings.
  • Report on impact of settings on the performance of the process equipment and the properties of the material and end product. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others by:
  • Using the equipment according to manufacturer's instructions.
  • Explaining the principles of physics as they apply to set up and installation of tooling and equipment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  71949   Further Education and Training Certificate: Automotive Components: Manufacturing and Assembly  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 
    Core  79687   Further Education and Training Certificate: Metal and Engineering Manufacturing Processes  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MERSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Bell Equipment Company SA (Pty) Ltd (ALTON) (TP) 
    2. College of Production Technology 
    3. Eastcape Midlands Public FET College - Uitenhage (High Street)Campus 
    4. Izizwe Training Centre (Pty) Ltd T/A Simtech Training (NORTHDENE) (TP) 
    5. Nissan SA (Pty) Ltd (ROSSLYN) (TP) 
    6. Russ Projects T/A Academy Workplace Development (AWD) (HARRIETDALE) (T 
    7. SSS Sheet Metal Work cc T/A Sheetech SA (DURBAN) (TP) 
    8. Toyota Academy Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 
    9. Wilbat Projects 148 (Pty) Ltd (ISIPINGO) (TP) 



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