MBE3046 - Automation Technology

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2017/18

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

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.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering