Short Title:Automation
Full Title:Automation
Module Code:AUTO H2003
 
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Mechanics and metal work
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Reviewed By:FIONA CRANLEY
Module Author:BRIAN O BRIEN
Module Description:The aim of this subject is to develop an understanding and provide practical experience of fluidpower and PLC control systems as used in industrial environments. This subject forms the basis for student project work and further study in third year.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe the function and operation of pneumatic components
LO2 Describe the function and operation of hydraulic components
LO3 Design and build manual and electrically controlled fluidpower circuits
LO4 Describe the maintenance requirements of fluidpower systems
LO5 Calculate the forces applied by actuators and the speed of actuator movement
LO6 Identify safety issues and hazards in automated systems
LO7 Write Boolean expressions and draw truth tables for basic logic functions
LO8 Draw ladder diagrams for fluidpower applications
LO9 Describe the operation of timers and counters in PLCs
LO10 Write and test PLC programs using basic logic functions, timers and counters
LO11 Function independently and within a group to design, build and problem-solve automation solutions
 

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Laboratory Continuous Actuation, Double Acting Cylinder, safe working practices 1,4,5,6,11 4.00 Week 1
Laboratory Sequencing of Two cylinders 1,4,5,6,11 4.00 Week 2
Laboratory Welding Rail, sequence with pressure sensing 1,3,6,11 4.00 Week 3
Laboratory D/A cylinder and Double Solenoid Valve, Simulation, Electrical safety 1,3,4,5,6,11 4.00 Week 4
Laboratory Continuous Operation of two cylinders with proximity switches 1,3,4,5,6,11 4.00 Week 5
Laboratory Measurement of Flow, Pressure in a Regenerative Circuit 2,3,4,5,6,11 4.00 Week 6
Laboratory Logic Functions: write the Boolean expression, truth table and code for basic logic functions. 7,8,11 4.00 Week 7
Laboratory PLC programming, write and test simple programmes using AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR. 7,8,9,10,11 4.00 Week 8
Laboratory Prepare a ladder diagram incorporating a time delay to control the movement of a pneumatic cylinder, write and test the programme 1,3,4,6,7,8,9,10,11 4.00 Week 9
Laboratory Prepare a ladder diagram incorporating a counter to control number of times a particular sequence of events occurs, write and test the programme 1,3,4,6,7,8,9,10,11 4.00 Week 10
Laboratory Specify components and operating parameters for an industrial fluidpower machine 1,2,4,5,6,11 10.00 Sem 2 End
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 50.00 End-of-Semester

IT Tallaght reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lab No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Lab No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Parr, Andrew 1998, Hydraulics & Pneumatics, Butterwort-Heinnemann
  • W Bolton 2006, Programmable Logic Controllers, 4th Edition Ed., Newnes
Recommended Book Resources
  • Turner, I.C., 1996, Engineering Applications of Pneumatics & Hydraulics, Arnold
  • Callear, B.J., 1996, Power Pneumatics, Prentice Hall
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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TA_EAMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory
TA_EAUTO_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering (Automation) 3 Mandatory
TA_EBIOM_D Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Design 3 Mandatory
TA_EAMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory
TA_EAUTO_D Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Automation) 3 Mandatory