Industrial Engineering & Management FT
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Automation techniques

level of course unit

First cycle, Bachelor

Learning outcomes of course unit

The students are able to:
• Assign the corresponding positioning elements to the actuators.
• Explain the function of the sensors (capacitive, inductive, optical and magnetic proximity switches, limit switches).
• Explain binary, digital and analog signals.
• Explain the structure and function of a programmable logic controller (PLC).
• Explain the basic rules of control design.
• Apply basic logic functions in control engineering.
• Evaluate control systems and regulations.
• The control engineering terms: Explain step response, controlled variable, manipulated variable, reference variable, disturbance variable, dynamic behavior.
• Classify bus systems.
• Compare robotic systems.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

• Positioners and actuators in pneumatics, electropneumatics, hydraulics and electrical engineering
• Path-step diagram (state diagram)
• Sensor technology and data acquisition
• Measuring non-electrical quantities
• Binary, digital and analog signals
• Basic knowledge of digital control technology (SPS)
• Control design
• Disjunctive and conjunctive normal form
• Basic logical functions
• Basic knowledge of control engineering and control algorithms
• Concepts and applications of bus systems
• Principle of automation technology
• Overview of robotic systems

recommended or required reading

• Stiller, Christoph (2006): Grundlagen der Mess- und Regelungstechnik, Shaker Verlag Herzogenrath
• Orlowski, Peter (2011): Praktische Regeltechnik: Anwendungsorientierte Einführung für Maschinenbauer und Elektrotechniker, 9. Aufl., Springer Verlag Berlin

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Presentation, written exam

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Michael Petke, BSc, MA

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