• AUTO2103
  • Automation Systems

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

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Module Description

This module introduces the learner to the range of automation hardware and associated control software available to the technologist in order to build and support modern automated manufacturing systems. This module allows the learner to implement software solutions to automation tasks. Knowledge Breadth: The module requires knowledge of a broad range of actuation, control, assembly technologies and plant wide control strategies found in automated industry. Kind: This module draws on knowledge of the means of electric, hydraulic and pneumatic actuation devices under PLC control in the solution of automation problems. It also introduces the learner to the fundamentals of component handling, assembly techniques along with an appreciation of automation rules, the evolution of standardisation, industrial control strategies and CIM. Know-How and Skill Range: Learners will demonstrate competence in the application of a range of skills to produce an efficient, safe automated process to best practice. Selectivity: Learners will demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate the various hardware and software solutions available and to select the optimum for the task in question. Competence Context: The learner will be able to apply the range of skills developed in this module in a range of modern automated industries. These skills will equally apply in the areas of research and development support. Role: The learner through appropriate laboratory and project work will get opportunities to act the role of an automation technologist applicable to a variety of industrial scenarios. Learning to learn: Through tutored and self directed activities such as worked examples, model solutions, past questions, assignments and projects the learner will develop the skills of efficient learning in different settings and learn to appreciate the requirement of continuously extending their knowledge base. Insight: The learner will develop the ability to offer a whole solution to a given automation task while remaining sensitive to issues such as the contribution of others, ethical, social and environmental demands.

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to Expose the learner to the range and depth of equipment and techniques encountered in modern automated industry. To enable the learner to become more conversant with technical terminology associated with industrial automation. To provide laboratory work designed to allow the learner demonstrate individual or two person problem solving skills as applied to logic control systems (IEC 61131-3)) To facilitate the learner in reaching academic standard for progression through programme. To enable the learner achieve competencies in module material in order to function as an automation technologist in modern industry.

Indicative Syllabus

Assignments undertaken with health, safety and ethical best practice in mind, informed by CE standards.
Automatic process valve, Engine management system.
Automation principles:
Automations examples:
Communications and control:
Definition, Important specifications, Controller components, Boolean functions, Logic diagrams.
Definitions and principles of operation (including revision), Types, Stepper motors, Servo motors, A/C single phase motors and introduction to 3 phase motors, Typical applications and limitations of above motor types.
Definitions, CCD sensor, Theory of optics and lighting, System components, Three stages in forming an image, System applications and examples.
Definitions, Why move parts, Principles of materials handling, How movement is achieved, Index, Exchange, Geneva mechanism, Walking beam, Vibratory bowl, Rejection, Recycling all above in context of discrete parts.
Electric motors used in automation:
Laboratory Experiments:
Machine vision:
Parts feeding and presentation:
Programmable Logic Controllers:
Real life industrial type tasks solved by industry standard techniques on state of the art hardware driven by current software versions.
Standard techniques and strategies, Local control, Distributed control, Evolution of Fieldbus, SCADA.
This includes activities in wiring of programmable logic controllers both input/output and also signal and power circuits.
Why automate, Automate or redesign, What level of automation is best?
configurations, Operating characteristics, Selecting a robot for a particular task, Types of prime movers employed, End-effector technology, Forward transform, path control techniques.

Total Contact Teaching Hours:42
Class Size:30

Pre-requisite Modules

Title Code
Automation Technology ATEC1103
Electrical Systems 2 ELEC1203
Electronic Systems ELTR1203

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