Course details

Industrial Automation

IPPA Acad. year 2010/2011 Winter semester 6 credits

Current academic year

An overview of means of automation, process instrumentation, industrial controllers, counters, timers. Programmable logic controllers, noisy immunity. Modular PLCs and modules spectrum. Software and programming languages of PLCs. Industrial PC for control and an introduction in real-time control. Distributed control systems. Introduction and principles of industrial communication buses: Profibus, Fieldbus, CAN, DeviceNet, Interbus S, P-net and FIP, LonWorks.


Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

26 hrs lectures, 39 hrs laboratories

Assessment points

100 exam


Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will be equipped with an overview on distributed systems of industrial automation (DCS) and means of supervisory control as operator modules and stations. They will be oriented in the wide scale of means of automation from sensors, industrial controllers and other types of controllers and actor members. They will become familiar with industrial communication buses and programmable controllers.

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to give students an overview of the whole spectrum of means of automation from process instrumentation from sensors, action members, counters, timers and control members (electronic industrial controllers, programmable logic controllers, PLC and embedded microcontrollers) up to means of visualization, supervisory control and communication systems for industrial use.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

PC usage and basic knowledge from process control.

Study literature

  • Fruh, K.F. (Hrsg.): Handbuch der Prozessautomatisierung, Oldenbourg Verl. Munchen, 1997.
  • Considine, D.M.: Process/Industrial Instrumentation and Control handbook, 4th Ed. McGraw Hill, N.Y., 1993

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Introduction into means of automation. Process instrumentation.
  2. Action members, DC and AC drives.
  3. Counters, timers, industrial controllers.
  4. Programmable logic controllers, basic properties, overview of PLCs, function. Software and programming languages of PLC. Hardware architecture of PLCs.
  5. Programming of PLC. IEC 1131-3 Standard and examples.
  6. Distributed control systems. Architecture of DCS, HW of the first control level, operator level, interface to supervisory systems.
  7. Introduction into LANs. Model ISO/OSI. Physical layer.
  8. Link layer. Synchronization, modulation, coding of signal.
  9. Higher layer of the model, function and services. Industrial communication buses. Model of serial industrial bus.
  10. Overview on industrial buses. Case solutions. Sensor bus.
  11. Examples of byte communication systems. Protocol CAN and DeviceNet.
  12. Foundation Fieldbus.
  13. Control by PC (Soft control).

Syllabus of laboratory exercises

  1. Introduction in laboratory. Organization, safety, requirements.
  2. Introduction into MMI SCADA. System InTouch. Basic functions.
  3. Extended functions of InTouch.
  4. Individual students task.
  5. Individual student work.
  6. Individual student work.
  7. CAN bus: laboratory.
  8. Communication on LonWorks technology.
  9. Communication with Profibus.
  10. Configuration and installation of AS-interface.
  11. Laboratory with Host link protocol.
  12. Laboratory with Modbus protocol.
  13. Evaluation.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

Students can choose from wide offer of standard projects of visualization and control of process models by InTouch/ InControl.

Progress assessment

Students will be tested in necessary knowledge at the beginning of laboratories. Keep deadlines for protocols and individual students work.

Controlled instruction

1 project, 3 reports, presence at 8 laboratories

Exam prerequisites

The class credit depends on active participation in 8 laboratories and in the introduction laboratory, keeping deadlines for 3 reports and in the individual semester work and its defence.

Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, any year of study, Elective
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