Industrial Automation

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Industrial Automation

  • Host University

    Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

  • Location

    Madrid, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Industrial Engineering, Systems Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Industrial Automation (256 - 15505)
    Bachelor in Industrial Technology Engineering
    Semester 2/Spring Semester
    2nd Year/Lower Division

    Competences and Skills that will be Acquired and Learning Results:

    - 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/Course Description:

    1. Presentation and Introduction of the subject.
    2. Discrete events system modelling.
    2.1 State Diagrams
    2.2 SFC
    3. Introduction to automation technologies.
    3.1 Wiring and programmable systems
    3.2 PLC hardware.
    4. PLCs programming languages
    4.1 Ladder (LD)
    4.2 Functional diagram (SFC)
    5. Actuators
    5.1 Electric engines.
    5.2 Hydraulic actuators
    5.3 Pneumatic (actuators, valves, symbology)
    6. Sensors
    6.1 Classification
    6.2 Features
    6.3 Types of sensors
    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 (3 ECTS).

    - Laboratory and problem solving sessions in reduced groups, tutorial support sessions and student personal
    work; related to the acquisition of practical abilities (3 ECTS).

    Assessment System:

    - Continuous assessment consist in two exams:
    - Exam 1: state and functional diagrams. PLC programming. Ladder programming.
    - Exam2: a practical programming exercise will be done individually in the laboratory.

    - The final exam consists in several practical exercises about modelling, programming and theoretical
    questions. It is required to obtain a minimum mark of 3 in this final exam in order to pass the subject.

    Basic Bibliography:

    John, Karl-Heinz. IEC 61131-3, programming industrial automation systems : concepts and programming languages, requirements for programming systems, aids to decision-making tools.. *. 1995
    *. International Standard IEC 1131-3. IEC.. *. 1993
    Bonfatti, Flavio. IEC 1131-3 programming methodology : [software engineering methods for industrial automated systems]. *. 1997
    J. Balcels y J.L. Romeral. Autómatas Programables. Marcombo. 2000
    Piedrafita Moreno, Ramón.. Ingeniería de la automatización industrial.. Ra-Ma. 2003
    R.W. Lewis. Programming Industrial Control Systems Using IEC 1131-3. IEEE. 2000

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.


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