Knowledge and understanding:
By means of frontal lessons, the student will acquire the methods and knowledge necessary to express or interpret the functional requirements of a mechatronic application for industrial automation, and to understand the design, implementation and validation criteria. The student will learn the structure and operating principle of automatic machines and the main subsystems that allow their automated operation. He will also learn some techniques for sizing drives for automation, functional design of mechanisms and parameterization of feedback controllers.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
Through practical classroom exercises, students will learn how to carry out multiphysics simulations of automatic machine stations that integrate the different design aspects addressed in the course. In particular, the student will have to apply the acquired knowledge to the sizing and selection of drive systems from the catalog, to the kinematic design of mechanisms to satisfy assigned functional requirements and to the parameterization of a PID type feedback control, eventually with a cascade control approach.
The student should be able to understand and critically evaluate the commercial solutions proposed for implementing specific industrial automation tasks in a production context. In particular, he has to be able to evaluate the adequacy of the approach followed and the technological choices adopted in relation to specific design requirements relating to movement control problems.
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 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.