Knowledge and understanding:
by means of frontal lessons, the student acquires the method and knowledge required to describe, and understand methods and devices for industrial automation and its design, implementation and validation aspects. Student will learn the structure and operating principle of the automatic machines and the main subsystems that enable automated operation. It will also learn the main automation drive dimensioning techniques, the main programming language of industrial controllers, and the operating principle of the most widely used commercial monitoring, control and data acquisition programs (SCADAs).
Applying knowledge and understanding:
through practical classroom exercises connected to some important topics, students learn how to apply the acquired knowledge in a real context of design, as well as in multidisciplinary or non-familiar areas. The student will have in particular to apply the acquired knowledge of the dimensioning and choice of drive system catalogs, the implementation of ladder language automation programs and the implementation of supervisory and data acquisition applications in the GE iFix environment.
The student should be able to understand and evaluate critically the main automation systems and the adequacy of a specific design solution to realize a given production cycle. In particular, he has to be able to evaluate the opportunity to adopt rigid or flexible automation systems, wired logic or programmed logic systems and feedback controlled or uncontrolled actuators. It will also be necessary to know the adequacy of a given controller to the complexity of the problem assigned and the size of a given actuator in relation to the load characteristics.
Through the front lessons and the assistance of the lecturer, the student acquires the specific vocabulary inherent in industrial automation, controllers, actuators and sensors. It is expected that at the end of the course the student will be able to interpret the design requirements for the automation of a facility and to transmit, in oral and written form, the main contents of the course, such as ideas, engineering issues and related solutions.
The student who has attended the course will be able to deepen his knowledge of automation through the autonomous consultation of specialized texts, commercial catalogs and technical manuals, even outside the strictly lectured topics, in order to effectively address the insertion into the world of work or undertake further training paths.