Checking date: 05/09/2017

Course: 2017/2018

Industrial Automation
Study: Bachelor in Electrical Power Engineering (222)

Coordinating teacher: BLANCO ROJAS, MARIA DOLORES

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Systems Engineering and Automation

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
- To know the basic fundaments of the Industrial Systems. - To know the fundaments of automation and control methods. - The students acquire and understand the knowledge about the modelling and the automation of industrial processes by using professional hardware and software tools. - To get the ability of modelling and simulating discrete events systems using State Diagrams and SFCs. - To know the usual technology used in the industry for systems automation. - To get the capacity of designing control and automation systems for discrete events systems. - To get the ability of solving industrial processes automation problems using specific computational tools: sensors selection, actuators, modelling, and programming PLCs using professional software. - To generate professional documentation related to simple projects.
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
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 and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.