• ATEC1103
  • Automation Technology

  • Credits (ECTS): 5
  • Mechanical and Design Engineering

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Module Description

This module introduces the learner to the principles of fluid power and its application to electro-pneumatic and hydraulic systems. The learner will learn to identify components, design and assemble simple automation systems, and programme programmable logic controllers. The module uses experiential learning through a series of practical problem solving exercises in the automation laboratory and fluid power transmission laboratory. Knowledge Breadth: The learner is introduced to the principles of operation of fluid power and its application to automation systems. The module encompasses the: Calculation, sizing and selection of hydraulic and pneumatic components. Structure of simple hydraulic circuits. Design of simple electro-pneumatic circuits Implementation of design solution. Testing and faultfinding of solution Writing and testing programmes as solutions to automation control problems Kind: The learner will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of fluid power applications and automation systems. They will learn the selection and operation of a range of component along with their symbols and integrate these components into simple automation systems that they will have designed. They will learn fundamental computer programming using a graphical programming language. Know-how and Skill Range: The learner will be required to design solutions to given automation problems, wire up their solution on industry standard equipment, test and verify their solution before proceeding to the next problem. They will acquire problem solving, teamwork, and programming skills and abilities. This is achieved by setting the learners a series of increasingly complex or difficult problems to solve. Working in small groups they determine what they need to know, research, solve and implement their solutions in the laboratories. Selectivity: The learner will research, communicate, problem-solve, design, document, physically assemble and connect components. Competence Context: The learner will be able to apply their knowledge to a wide range of manufacturing industries as the learning is conducted almost exclusively in laboratories equipped with industry standard components and software. The learners are expected to act in a responsible and professional manner at all times within the laboratory. Role: The learner is expected to participate fully in all of the exercises. This means sharing the research and physical assembly work as well as engaging fully in the problem discussion, and when called upon presenting their solution or part solution to a problem. As part of a team, they must conduct themselves in a safe, courteous, respectful and disciplined manner. Learning to learn: The learner will be presented with several small projects during the laboratory sessions, and tutorials, which will require the learner to source, review and analyse information. Because this module is mainly problem based, and involves group and individual assessment by demonstration of research, application and problem solving skills, the student must acquire learning skills during the module. Insight: The learner will perform various tasks in an atmosphere designed to promote ethical awareness. This will occur within laboratory mini-projects conducted both as an individual and as part of a team with assistance and interaction of the lecturer.

Module Aims

The aim of this module includes: Provide the learner with a learning environment where they can acquire fluid power and automation skills and knowledge through experimental, and experiential learning. To enable the learner to demonstrate competence and application in the areas of fluid power calculations, design and assembly of automation equipment, and programming of industrial computers. Empower the learner to work effectively as a member of a team or on an individual basis to build automation systems and program controllers safely.

Indicative Syllabus

Auxiliary components and air Services:
Construction, Installing, Address Assignments, Ladder Logic, Basic PLC Programming, Matsushita and Omron PLC's.
Directional Control Valves, Linear Actuators, Rotary Actuators, and Pneumatic Sensors.
Electro-Pneumatic Circuits:
Electro-Pneumatic Components:
Flow and pressure drop, Pascal's Law, Boyle's Law, Charles' Law, Basic pneumatic systems, static and dynamic thrust force calculations, cylinder sizing, flow rate calculations, speed and impact control, piston rod buckling, circuit presentation.
Hydraulic Applications:
Hydraulic actuators:
Hydraulic circuits:
Hydraulic motors; linear actuators, hydraulic ram, hydraulic cylinder, differential cylinder and telescopic cylinder, construction and mounting methods, types, safety and applications, static and dynamic behaviour of linear and rotary actuators.
Hydraulic pumps and valves:
Hydrostatic and hydrodynamic pumps, gear, vane, piston, fixed/variable displacement, pressure compensation, hydrodynamic pumps, priming, cavitation and aeration, pressure control, unloading/relief, directional control; sliding spool and rotary, counter balance, flow control.
Pneumatic System Components:
Pressure ranges, pressure head, and comparison between hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical systems, classification of filters, Pressure losses across hydraulic filters.
Principles of fluid power:
Programmable Logic Controllers:
Relays, Solenoids, Timers, Transformers, Transducers, Electrical Sensors and circuit breakers.
Reservoirs, accumulators, pressure intensifiers, pressure gauges, filters and strainers, typical factory air system, intake fitter, compressor, coolers, water traps, air receiver, super dryers pre-heaters, service unit.
Wiring Regulations, Safe Wiring Practice, 'And' circuits, 'Or' circuits, Latched circuits, Sequential circuits, Time-delay circuits.
simple, regenerative, accumulator and rotary, speed control, meter in, meter out and bleed-off flow control.

Total Contact Teaching Hours:84

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