Automation of Systems

Postgraduate course. Face-to-face.


UPC School


Automation and Systems
12 ECTS.
Offers information on hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, an introduction on industrial programmable controllers and on applying these as well as on information technologies and industrial communications.

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Actuators
- Fluid power actuators compared to other actuators
- A look at components in systems where actuators work with fluid power
- Practise with conventional circuits: objectives, circuit configuration and verification of its functionality
- Power actuators used in proportional valves. Function and selection criteria
- The practical application of a lineal actuator system (cylinders)

Introduction to Programmable Automatons
- Automation vs. automatic control
- Electronic CAD-CAE
- The components of a programmable automaton
- Designing and programming automated actions with a contacts diagram
- Hands on practise programming automatons
- Introduction to analogue inputs and outputs. Controlling a variable speed drive

Application of industrial programmable automatons
- Handy, with analogue input and output
- Shifter-activated induction engine control
- Operating screens and operator terminal
- Terminal characteristics
- Introduction to the IEC 1131-3standard
- Introduction to GRAFCET
- Translation of GRAFCET into the contact diagram
- Specialised instructions and functions
- IEC 1131-3 standard programming language practice in the CODESYS environment

Information Technologies
- Introduction Hardware, OS, Networking and Virtualization
- Fundamentals of programming. C and others
- Databases. Design and SQL. MySQL
- Application site (xhtml, css)
- Application to web page (php)
- Practices (applications)

- Industrial Comunications
- Designing for availability
- Methodologies used in machine design (Word Case design with a margin, graphic design revision, AMFEC, FRACAS, capacity studies)
- General concepts about industrial property
- Engineer participation when applying for patents
- Patent searches. Interpreting awarded patents
Proyecto Final Posgrado
Through the final project for the Masters, students will put into practice and demonstrate the knowledge they have acquired throughout the programme, in addition to getting the chance to undertake and submit a project which may be of use in their company.
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(105 teaching hours)

Start date:
Start date:02/03/2017 End date:04/07/2017
Tuesday  18:00 to 21:30Thursday  18:00 to 21:30
Taught at:
Escola Tècnica Superior d'Enginyeria Industrial de Barcelona (UPC)
Av. Diagonal, 647. Planta 2. Aula Schneider

Registration fee:
2.100 €

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Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.

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