Industrial Automation

Academic year
Subject Area
Automation and Control
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

- Digital Systems Laboratory

- Computer programming

- Electric circuits

- Electronics I.     

Teaching Methods

Lecture classes for theoretical presentation of the topics of the syllabus using audiovisual means.

Laboratory classes for presentation and demonstration of the various concepts taught in the theoretical lectures. At the end of the semester, organized into working groups, students design and test a laboratory version of small automatic systems.

Learning Outcomes

The curricular unit aims to provide the student with the necessary knowledge to design and implement automatic systems of medium complexity. This knowledge includes the technologies used in automation systems and the techniques of analysis, design and implementation of these systems.

It is expected that the student will acquire the following competencies:

- Know the characteristics of the main types of industries and understand the requirements of your automation systems.

- Know the characteristics of the programmable controllers and the languages used in their programming.

- Know the main technologies of sensors and actuators used in the implementation of automatic systems.

- Understand the operation of programmable motion control systems, including industrial robots.

Work Placement(s)



1. Introduction to Production Systems and Automation

2. Automatisms

3. Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs)

4. Industrial Sensors

5. Actuators: Electromagnetic, thermal, hydraulic and pneumatic

6. Servomotion and industrial robots.

Head Lecturer(s)

Cristiano Premebida

Assessment Methods

Laboratory work or Field work: 35.0%
Exam: 65.0%


Bibliografia principal:

• Dag H. Hanssen, “Programmable Logic Controllers: A Practical Approach TO IEC 61131-3 Using CoDeSys”, John Wiley and Sons, 2015.

• Lino Marques, “Slides de apoio a Automação Industrial”, 2007 – 2015.

Bibliografia complementar:

• KLS Sharma, "Overview of Industrial Process Automation" Elsevier, 2011.

• Mikell P. Groover, "Fundamentals of Modern Manufacturing Materials, Processes, and Systems", 5th ed, Wiley, 2012.

• W. Bolton, "Programmable Logic Controllers", 5th ed, Newnes, 2009.

• Karl-Heinz John, Michael Tiegelkamp, "IEC 61131-3 - Programming Industrial Automation Systems", 2nd ed, Springer, 2010.

• Jon S. Wilson (ed.), “Sensor Technology Handbook”, Newnes, 2005.

• K.K. Tan, A.S. Putra, "Drives and Controls for Industrial Automation", Springer, 2011.