Industrial Engineering & Management FT
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Automation Technology

level of course unit

First cycle, Bachelor

Learning outcomes of course unit

Students are able to:
• assign actuators to the respective electric actuators.
• explain the functioning of sensors (capacitive, inductive, optical and magnetic proximity switch, limit switch).
• explain binary, digital and analog signals.
• explain the structure and functioning of a programmable logic controller (PLC).
• describe fundamental rules of control design.
• apply logical basic functions in control technology.
• assess controls and regulations.
• explain terms of regulating technology: step response, controlled variable, correcting variable, reference variable, disturbance variable and dynamic behaviour.
• subdivide bus systems.
• compare robotics systems.

prerequisites and co-requisites

not applicable

course contents

• Electric actuators and actuators in pneumatics, electro-pneumatics, hydraulics and electrical engineering
• Displacement-Step Diagram (state diagram)
• Sensor technology and measurement data acquisition
• Measurement of non-electrical variables
• Binary, digital and analog signals
• Basic knowledge of digital control technology (PLC)
• Control design
• Disjunctive and conjunctive normal form
• L ogical basic functions
• Basic knowledge in control engineering and control algorithms
• Concepts and applications of bus systems
• Principles of automation technology
• Overview of robotics 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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