Short Title:Automation
Full Title:Automation
Module Code:AUTO H2003
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Field of Study:Mechanics and metal work
Module Delivered in 2 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
Pre-requisite learning
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Content (The percentage workload breakdown is inidcative and subject to change) %
Subject Overview
Over view of industrial automation applications & safety issues
4.00%
Fluidpower theory:
Pascal theorem, flow rate, speeds, pressure, forces
8.00%
Provision of compressed air:
Receivers, air treatment, pressure regulation, safety valves, service units
4.00%
Compressors:
Piston, screw, rotary and dynamic types
4.00%
Pneumatic actuators
Pneumatic actuators, linear actuators, rotary actuators, sealing and controls
4.00%
Pneumatic valves:
Poppet, spool & rotary types, pilot-operated, directional control, check valves
6.00%
Flow & pressure control:
Relief, reduction, throttle and flow control valves meter-in & out
6.00%
Manual Pneumatic circuits:
Single and multiple cylinder sequences, trapped signals, cascade circuit
8.00%
Electropneumatic components
Electropneumatic components and sensors, e.g. relays, proximity switches, timers
4.00%
Electro-pneumatic circuits
Electro-pneumatic circuits continuous sequence, latch circuits, pressure switch and timer circuits
8.00%
Hydraulic pumps
Hydraulic pumps, fixed & variable displacement, gear, vane and piston types, pump controls
4.00%
Hydraulic valves & actuators
Hydraulic valves & actuators, relief, reduction, pressure compensated flow control, cylinders and cushioning
4.00%
Hydraulic Circuits
Hydraulic Circuits, sequence, counterbalance, pilot operated check valve circuit, regenerative
8.00%
Logic Functions:
Review Boolean expressions, AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, truth tables, ladder logic
8.00%
PLCs:
Programming of basic logic functions, operation and programming of timers and counters
8.00%
Component Sizing
of actuators and pumps, force/pressure/area, time/flowrate/volume
6.00%
Maintenance
Maintenance, installation & faultfinding of fluid power systems
6.00%
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
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
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat the module
The assessment of this module is inextricably linked to the delivery. The student must reattend the module in its entirety in order to be reassessed.

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
TA_EAMEC_B B.Eng(Hons) in Mechanical Engineering [Ab Initio] 3 Mandatory
TA_EAMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 3 Mandatory