Checking date: 20/04/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Industrial Automation
Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (2008 Study Plan) (Plan: 165 - Estudio: 221)

Coordinating teacher: BLANCO ROJAS, MARIA DOLORES

Department assigned to the subject: Systems Engineering and Automation Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


By the end of this subject, students will be able to have: 1. Knowledge and understanding of the key aspects and concepts of automation and control methods. 2. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of industrial automation using established methods; 3. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to develop and realise designs of industrial automation systems to meet defined and specified requirements; 4. the ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments, interpret the data and draw conclusions; 5. Technical and laboratory skills. 6. the ability to select and use appropriate equipment, tools and methods; 7. the ability to combine theory and practice to solve engineering problems of industrial automation
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Presentation and Introduction of the subject. a. Definition of industrial automation concept b. Historical antecedents c. Continuous systems versus discrete event systems 2. Discrete events system modelling: State Diagrams and SFC. Exercise and lab clases. a. Basic concepts of Booleane algebra b. Sequential systems. The concept of a state. c. Graphical representation of sequential systems d. State Diagram Modelling. Exercise clases e. Petri Nets Modelling. Basic concepts. f. Functional Diagram (SFC) Modelling. Exercise clases 3. Introduction to automation technologies: wiring and programmable systems. PLC hardware. 4. PLCs programming languages: a. Ladder (LD). Exercise and lab classes b. Functional diagram (SFC). Exercise and lab classes 5. Actuators: a. Electric engines. b. Hydraulic actuators. c. Pneumatic (actuators, valves, symbology) 6. Sensors: a. Classification, features, etc. b. Sensor description 7. Introduction to field buses.
Learning activities and methodology
- Theoretical lessons and doubts solving sessions in aggregated groups, tutorial support sessions and student personal work; related to the acquisition of theoretical knowledge (2.5 ECTS). - Laboratory and problem solving sessions in reduced groups, tutorial support sessions and student personal work; related to the acquisition of practical abilities (3.5 ECTS).
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Flavio Bonfatti, Paola Daniela Monari, Umberto Sampieri. IEC 61131-3 Programming Methodology: Software Engineering Methods for Industrial Automated Systems. ICS Triplex. 2003
  • . International Standard IEC 1131-3. . IEC. 1993
  • John, Karl-Heinz, Tiegelkamp, Michael . ¿ IEC 61131-3, programming industrial automation systems : concepts and programming languages, requirements for programming systems, aids to decision-making tools. Springer. 1995

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.