Learning outcomes of the course unit
Know the basic functional solutions for the implementation of production
systems: architecture, mechanisms, control systems and supervision.
Knowing how to choose the most suitable solution, known to the
functional requirements of a production line.
Knowing the technological solutions of the different subsystems in order
to assess the possible options when choosing or changing a production
Knowing the key elements that make it possible to participate in the
development team for the project of a new production line.
Knowing how to communicate this information to the team in order to
coordinate its activities.
Fundamentals of mechanics
Course contents summary
- The automated machines and the design of motion
- Motor-load coupling
- The mechanisms commonly adopted: selection criteria, performance
- Description, selection criteria and performance of the most common
- Examples of applications
- Exercises: selection and sizing
- PID Controllers
- Axis control, examples and applications
- Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC)
- The programming languages according to IEC 61131
- Examples of applications and programming exercises
- The acquisition systems, monitoring and supervision
- Programming of a commercial SCADA
- Introduction to Industry 4.0
- Examples of applications and laboratory exercises
Slides of the lessons by the lecturer
B.ALLOTTA L.PUGI – Meccatronica: Azionamenti elettrici ed oleodinamici, Società Editrice Esculapio, ISBN: 9788874889228
Proficy HMI / SCADA iFIX - UNDERSTANDING iFIX Version 5.0 August 2008
Allen Bradley SLC 500 ® Instruction Set Reference Manual
Automating Manufacturing Systems with PLCs, Hugh Jack, http:
Interactive lessons and exercises
Exercises will be individual and practices, with the purpose of providing
each student the possibility to be able to design autonomous solution to
the real problems that will be proposed. These activities will be planned
in such a way that within each exercise, the student can achieve
practically the solutions to the problems outlined during theoretical lessons.
Assessment methods and criteria
There will be a final written exam and an assigned a group project.
The test will assess the knowledge of all the contents explained in class and included in the slides available to students.
We also intend to test the ability to apply the course content to simple exercises: calculating actuators for production machinery, programming
with PLC and SCADA systems to be solved on paper.
The test will consist of closed questions, open-ended questions and exercises. The sum of these scores and the Group project grade is the
overall grade of the examination expressed as a grade of out of 30. An
exam is deemed to be passed successfully if the final grade is equal to or higher than 18/30 and the test grade is not less than 7/15. In the event of a full grade (30/30), the Examination
Board may grant honours (lode).