AUTO06029 2019 CIM and Automation Technology 201 (Mechanical)

General Details

Full Title
CIM and Automation Technology 201 (Mechanical)
Transcript Title
CIM and Automation Technology
75 %
Subject Area
AUTO - Automation
MEMA - Mech and Manufact Eng
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Eamonn Price, Louise O'Gorman
Programme Membership
SG_EMECL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering SG_EPREC_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design SG_EMECL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

This module will cover Automation Technology using pneumatics and electro-pneumatics using a combination of electrical and pneumatic approaches.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Demonstrate an understanding of pneumatic and electro‑pneumatic circuit operations and calulations, including sequence control up to two group cascade system.


Demonstrate an understanding of basic DC motors – including controlling the speed and direction

of a DC motor.


Draw standard pneumatic and electro-pneumatic circuits using a design and simulation package (e.g. Fluidsim).


Demonstrate an understanding of hydrostatics, basic hydraulics, correctly specifying hydraulic components, build and test basic hydraulic circuits.


Select appropriate sensors required for a production process, based on a detailed knowledge of the operation of the commonly available production sensors. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Learning can take place in the form of lectures for conceptual understanding.

Lab work to reinforce the theory.

Students should be encouraged to compare and contrast theory versus practical during the lab.

An industrial engagement link will be provided by the inclusion of a site visit and/or guest lecturer.

Module Assessment Strategies

The assessment strategy is 40% CA  - comprising lab quizzes and practical build assignments.

The final exam is 60%


Repeat Assessments

This will vary depending on the nature of the failed material.

Indicative Syllabus


Compressed air production. Absolute and gauge pressure. Manipulation of F=PA and Q=VA formulae.

Single and double-acting cylinders, directional control valves (3/2 and 5/2), pilot air.

Use of 5/3 valves.

Pneumatic timer circuits, Pressure and flow regulators, non-return valves, cylinder speed control. Pneumatic timers and sequential circuits.


Use of electrical switches and relays. Latching. Use of electrical timers. Sequencing of pneumatic cylinders to include, A+A-, A+B+A-B- etc. Draw and simulate standard electro-pneumatic circuits using software package e.g. Fluidsim.


Proximity switches: inductive, capacitative, magnetic (reed) and optical.

Pressure switches, pressure transducers.

Hydraulics and Electro-hydraulics

Hydraulic power, Bernoulli's equation. Hydraulic fluids, reservoirs and distribution, filters. Hydraulic actuators, pumps and motors. Directional, flow and pressure control valves.

Hydraulic circuits including metering, counterbalancing, use of regenerative cylinders, quick approach, sequencing and pressure offloading.

sequence to include, A+A-, A+B+A-B- etc.

Cylinder selection, Pump selection.


Hazards associated with fluids under pressure, actuators in motion and electricity. European safety standards and safety procedures.

Emergency stop and automatic shutdown. Safe restart. Safety enclosures and mechanical interlocks.

Electrical approaches to include safety relays and two-hand safety.

Principles of fail-safe systems.

Safety issues in using a PLC as the controller in pneumatic systems.

Indicative Practicals/Projects

Explanation of safety procedures and demonstration of safe working practices in the laboratory.

Demonstration of safe working practices in the workshop. Hazards associated with fluids under pressure, actuators in motion and electricity.  

Construction of circuits using cylinders, directional control valves, pressure control valves, flow regulators, pneumatic timers.

Construction of two group pneumatic cascade circuits involving two cylinders.

Construction of circuits using electro-pneumatic components and relays, electronic timers, lights and alarms.

Construction of electro-pneumatic sequential circuits involving two cylinders. 

Demonstration of commonly encountered basic power hydraulic circuits e.g. sequence, counterbalance, flow control, regenerative, quick-approach.

Demonstration of basic hydraulic circuits with electrical control, using proximity, limit and pressure switches.  


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
40 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
60 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment Assignment 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 2,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Independent Learning Not Specified Assignments 3 Weekly 3.00
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Lab E2022 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources





Kevin Collins

PlC Programming for Industrial Automation

Diggory Press


Andrew Parr

Hydraulics and Pneumatics



William Bolton




Pinches and Callear

Applied Pneumatics




Basic level hydraulics TP 501




Basic level hydraulics TP 601



Other Resources


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