ACS6131 Industrial Automation

Module Description (subject to change)

Industrial automation has become an important feature today, especially in this age of rapid production and high precision. The knowledge and skill on this area has therefore become increasingly necessary. This module aims to give the students the opportunity to interact directly with devices such as sensors and actuators through Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) and PC; gather, process and monitor data locally or at remote locations; configure the hardware and program the latest version of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) using in industries. The students will have the opportunity to learn PID controllers and their applications in industry.

Credits: 15 (Spring semester)

Pre-requisites: MEC students must have taken and passed ACS337

Module Leader

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Dr P Soulatiantork
Email: p.soulatiantork@sheffield.ac.uk
Amy Johnson Building

If you have any questions about the module please talk to us during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. Outside of lectures please contact me via email, or drop into my office.

Craig Bacon

Craig Bacon
Email: c.bacon@sheffield.ac.uk
Sir Henry Stephenson Building

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Describe and explain the industrial automation systems structures and strategies to provide innovative real time solution.
  • Identify, select and understand proper sensory and actuation equipment for integrating real time industrial automation tasks.
  • Appraise and apply methods to integrate and program a programmable logic controller (PLC) based on industrial automation.
  • Appraise and apply methods to program Human Machine Interfaces (HMI) for monitoring purposes as well as runtime monitoring of the system data on PC.
  • Gain knowledge in the field of industrial networks and PID controllers usage in industry.
Syllabus

Syllabus

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Teaching Methods

Learning and Teaching Methods

NOTE: This summary of teaching methods is representative of a normal Semester. Owing to the ongoing disruption from Covid-19, the exact method of delivery will be different in 2020/21.

  • 12 hours lectures
  • 36 hours supervised laboratory time
  • 102 hours independent study

The lectures and the labs will support all five learning outcomes as well as practical and laboratory sessions. The lectures will provide students with the theoretical principles underpinning the module whilst the practical/laboratory sessions will support the students with applying this knowledge in real world control problems in real time.

Teaching Materials

Learning and Teaching Materials

All teaching materials will be available via Blackboard (MOLE).

Assessment

Assessment

The module is assessed as follows:

  • Oral viva examination 55%
  • 2 Online tests 20%
  • Practical lab exercises 25%

Resit assignments are not available for this module.

Feedback

Feedback

Students will receive feedback via the lab exercises and online tests during the semester, and will also receive feedback on their oral viva.

Student Evaluation

Student Evaluation

Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.

You can view the latest Department response to the survey feedback here.

Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

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