The aim of this course is to introduce concepts of fixed, programmable and flexible automation, their design, implementation, application and cost-effects. The emphasis will be placed on
the utilization of mechanization devices and material handling systems;
the “design-for-assembly” principles;
the most common part and motion sensing devices, including machine vision basics;
programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and motion controllers, with the emphasis on how to build two-state on/off, combinational, sequential and continuous control automation systems – by relying on case studies, appreciate the maturity, versatility and effectiveness, as well as limitations, of the technology involved;
the construction, performance, programming and application of robots and expected cost effects;
the development, anticipation, selection and supervision of the implementation of flexible assembly systems in manufacturing.
the design and development of a mini-project to demonstrate automatic control capability through the techniques and tools learned in the course, including cloud-based control, autonomous control, etc.