Successfully accomplishing each laboratory exercise is prerequisite for positively finishing the complete laboratory course. The examination modalities differ according to the laboratory exercises (entry exam, laboratory performance, laboratory protocol). The examination modalities of the laboratory exercises are explained at the introductory presentation of this course (see course dates).
Workload for exams
The aim of this laboratory course is to acquire practical knowledge about modelling and programming industrial automation systems. The main focus is set on the industrial standards IEC 61131-3 (for programmable logic controllers, cyclic execution) and IEC 61499 (for distributed control, event-based execution). Moreover, this course encompasses the usage of industrial robots such as a jointed-arm robot as well as a portal robot.
The following laboratory exercises are part of this course:
Process Control (VT - Verfahrenstechnik)
This exercise incorporates PLC programming using the IEC 61131-3 languages Sequential Function Chart (SFC) as well as Structured Text (ST) for a laboratory process plant. Two afternoons are scheduled for this exercise for each group of 5 students.
PLC Programming (SPS - SPS-Programmierung)
Aim of this exercise is to gather knowledge about PLC programming using the IEC 61131-3 language Function Block Diagram (FBD) or Ladder Diagram (LD) for a bottle sorting application. Moreover, this exercise encompasses the usage of pneumatic components. One afternoon is scheduled for this exercise for each group of 5 students.
Industrial Robots (IR - Industrieroboter)
This exercise incorporates programming an industrial jointed-arm robot (ABB IRB 140) using the robot programming language RAPID. The tasks encompass elementary handling operations such as gripping parts with different tools, tool changes and sorting the parts. One afternoon is scheduled for this exercise for each group of 5 students.
Solving an exercise about robot kinematics. Accomplishing this homework is a prerequisite for positively finishing the IR laboratory.
Distributed Control (VS - Verteilte Steuerungen)
IEC 61499. One afternoon is scheduled for this exercise for each group of 5 students.