AUTO07032 2019 CIM & Robotics 300

General Details

Full Title
CIM & Robotics 300
Transcript Title
CIM & Robotics 300
75 %
Subject Area
AUTO - Automation
MEMA - Mech and Manufact Eng
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Paul Ferry, Eamonn Price
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_EPREC_J07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Precision Engineering and Design

This module covers Advanced Pneumatic systems, Advanced Electro-pneumatics, Advanced hydraulic systems, PLC systems.

Robotic control and Vision systems.

The student will also develop fault finding skills in Automation systems.

Learning Outcomes

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


Design and build pneumatic and electro-pneumatic circuits to solve industrial problems in combinational and sequential logic. Design and build pneumatic and electro-pneumatic safety interlocks for machine and process safety.


Demonstrate an understanding of linear drives – able to compare pneumatic actuator with electric linear drive.


Demonstrate an ability to design and build hydraulic and electro-hydraulic control circuits, including faulting finding skills and techniques to solve hydraulic and electro‑hydraulic problems.


Apply sequential function chart (Grafcet or state transition) methods to control sequential processes including selective and parallel branching techniques.


Demonstrate an understanding of AC motor control systems and the application of variable frequency drives (VFD) in motor drive control systems,including DC motor control with using PWM or similar methods.


Demonstrate an understanding of Robotic control systems through, writing programs using Robotic software packages including Melfa basic programming language, including understanding and applications of machine vision systems.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Students will engage with industry though industry visits and guest lecturers.

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous assessment 40%

Final exam 60%

Repeat Assessments

As per marks and standards

Indicative Syllabus


Calculation of air lines, compressor sizing, understanding issues relation to costing of pneumatic and electro pneumatic systems, comparisons of pneumatic drives and electronic drives.

 Two handed safety devices and their uses in industry.


Applications of solenoids, relays, inductive and capacitive sensors.

Selection criteria for NPN and PNP sensors.

Applications of advanced conveyor systems in production systems.

DC Motor control.


Design advanced hydraulic circuits using software – FluidSim.

Build the design circuit using the training boards.

Fault-finding techniques on hydraulic systems.

Design of hydraulic reservoirs and maintenance of hydraulic systems.


Design and build advanced electro-hydraulic circuits.

Applications of servo systems.

Use of LVDT technology in feedback loops in proportional control systems.

PLC control of hydraulic systems.

Two handed safety devices and their uses in industry.

Design and build advanced pneumatic circuits.

PLC systems

State transition diagrams, use of micro PLC's, failsafe practices.


Design of robotic programs.

Applications of Robotic systems.

Collaborative Robotics.

Vision Systems

Applications of vision systems in industry.

Inspection applications of vision systems.

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 Lab Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam End of semister exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 60 % End of Term 2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory E2021, E2022, F1006 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-10-01 Introduction to Mobile Robot Control Elsevier Science Limited
ISBN 0124170498 ISBN-13 9780124170490

Introduction to Mobile Robot Control provides a complete and concise study of modeling, control, and navigation methods for wheeled non-holonomic and omnidirectional mobile robots and manipulators. The book begins with a study of mobile robot drives and corresponding kinematic and dynamic models, and discusses the sensors used in mobile robotics. It then examines a variety of model-based, model-free, and vision-based controllers with unified proof of their stabilization and tracking performance, also addressing the problems of path, motion, and task planning, along with localization and mapping topics. The book provides a host of experimental results, a conceptual overview of systemic and software mobile robot control architectures, and a tour of the use of wheeled mobile robots and manipulators in industry and society. Introduction to Mobile Robot Control is an essential reference, and is also a textbook suitable as a supplement for many university robotics courses. It is accessible to all and can be used as a reference for professionals and researchers in the mobile robotics field. Clearly and authoritatively presents mobile robot concepts Richly illustrated throughout with figures and examples Key concepts demonstrated with a host of experimental and simulation examples No prior knowledge of the subject is required; each chapter commences with an introduction and background

Recommended Reading
2010-09-07 Introduction to Robotics John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9780470604465 ISBN-13 0470604468

Niku offers comprehensive, yet concise coverage of robotics that will appeal to engineers. Robotic applications are drawn from a wide variety of fields. Emphasis is placed on design along with analysis and modeling. Kinematics and dynamics are covered extensively in an accessible style. Vision systems are discussed in detail, which is a cutting-edge area in robotics. Engineers will also find a running design project that reinforces the concepts by having them apply what theyve learned.

Required Reading
2011-07-14 Arduino Robotics Apress
ISBN 9781430231837 ISBN-13 1430231831

This book will show you how to use your Arduino to control a variety of different robots, while providing step-by-step instructions on the entire robot building process. You'll learn Arduino basics as well as the characteristics of different types of motors used in robotics. You also discover controller methods and failsafe methods, and learn how to apply them to your project. The book starts with basic robots and moves into more complex projects, including a GPS-enabled robot, a robotic lawn mower, a fighting bot, and even a DIY Segway-clone. Introduction to the Arduino and other components needed for robotics Learn how to build motor controllers Build bots from simple line-following and bump-sensor bots to more complex robots that can mow your lawn, do battle, or even take you for a ride Please note: the print version of this title is black & white; the eBook is full color. What youll learn Basics of motor-control Basics of PCB design and fabrication R/C control and decoding Autonomous sensor guidance Frame building from various materials Instructions for a variety of robot designs Who this book is for Electronics and robotics hobbyists and DIY builders. Table of Contents The Basics Arduino for Robotics Lets Get Moving Linus the Line-Bot Wally the Wall-Bot Making PCBs The Bug-Bot Explorer-Bot RoboBoat Lawn-Bot 400 The Seg-Bot The Battle-Bot Alternate Control

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources





Andrew Parr

Hydraulics and Pneumatics



M.J.Pinches, B.j.Caller

Power Pneumatics

Prentice Hall


Journal Resources


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Other Resources

Support material on Moodle

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