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Universidade Lusófona do Porto

Automation and Control


In this UC it is intended that students are able to

     Analyze the use of different automation components such as PLC's, robots, numerical control system, flexible manufacturing cells, CIM concept and industrial networks.
     Carry out simple control programs for automation systems

This UC has as its main area of intervention the industry in its various aspects


Science in Aerospace Engineering

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

3 |Mandatory |Português



Recommended complementary curricular units

Electric Machines I and II
Power Electronics
Digital systems

Professional Internship



Object Oriented Language, Grafcet, Petri Nets
AUTOMATION SYSTEMS - Numerical Control, DNC, CNC, Adaptive Machining Control,
INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS - Definition, robot anatomy, robot configurations, robot control systems, control type classification, intelligent robots, robot industry applications, robot work cell design, material handling, processing, assembly and inspection.
FLEXIBLE MANUFACTURING CELLS - FMS, components of an FMS, types of FMS, FMS workstations.
MATERIAL HANDLING AND STORAGE SYSTEMS - Configuration, handling equipment, computer control system, FMS planning.
COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURE - CIM - Computer Intregrated Manufacturing, product design, production equipment, production processes.
INDUSTRIAL NETWORKS - Architectures, technologies, protocols.


It is intended that the student acquires

  • A thorough knowledge about automation systems, their components and their integration.
  • Learn about modeling techniques and modeling of automation systems.
  • Learn about the operation of different automation components such as PLC's, robots, numerical control system, flexible manufacturing cells, CIM concept and industrial networks.
  • Deepen your understanding of PLC's operation and programming.
  • Addressing the possible evolution of the factory of the future

Teaching methodologies and assessment

The methods of teaching and learning will be based on work done in class, in study and research / consultation by the student of literature. During the theoretical sessions, the teacher will make a presentation and discussion of the syllabus, with application of acquired knowledge to concrete situations presented.

In practical sessions, students will be involved in the development of small automation projects using PLCs and solving exercises or problems proposed and they will be asked to perform work outside the hall.

At times, it will require the student, individually or in groups, exposure and oral defense of their work.

The assessment will be of the continuous type with final exam, consisting of this work developed out of class, participation during class and a written exam. The weight of each evaluation moment in the final grade will be 45% the exam, 25% the participation in the classes and 30% the work.


  • Juan R. Pimentel, ¿Communication Networks For Manufacturing¿, Prentice-Hall.
  • William Schweber, ¿Electronic Comunication Systems¿, Prentice-Hall, 1998
  • Mikell P. Groover, (1987),¿Automation, Production Systems, And Computer Integrated Manufacturing¿,Prentice-Hal


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