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Industrial Control Technology

Module name (EN): Industrial Control Technology
Degree programme: Electrical Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2005
Module code: E408
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 2V (2 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 2
Semester: 4
Mandatory course: yes
Language of instruction:
Written examination
Curricular relevance:
E408 Electrical Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2005, semester 4, mandatory course
30 class hours (= 22.5 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 60 hours (equivalent to 2 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 37.5 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
E104 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I
E203 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II
E204 Measurement and Instrumentation Engineering I
E302 Measurement and Instrumentation Engineering II

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Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Benedikt Faupel
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Benedikt Faupel

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Learning outcomes:
Students will acquire the skills and techniques needed to understand the structure, operating principles, implementation and deployment of industrial control systems and to use these systems to solve problems of practical interest. After completing this course, students will be able to handle simple industrial control projects. The fundamental concepts of control engineering taught in this course will enable students to tackle more advanced topics in control technology. The methods acquired in this module form the basis for the Automation Engineering lab course.

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Module content:
1.Introduction and fundamentals of control technology
2.Standards, regulations and guidelines
  Structure of PLC systems / Applications of PLC systems
  System architecture of automation engineering solutions  
3.Operating principles of PLC programs
  Structure and operating principles of control programs
  Introduction to IEC-61131-compliant programming languages (FUP, KOP, AWL)
  Binary signal processing and analogue signal processing
  Storage / archiving / program documentation
  Test and online functions / program simulation / error diagnosis and error   
4.Programming methods and tools used in control engineering  
  Global and local variable declarations
  Symbol tables
  Program structure (OB, FC, FB, DB)
5.Communications systems used in control engineering
  Fundamentals of fieldbus systems for control engineering applications   
  (Profibus-DP, Profibus-FMS, Profibus-PA)
  Distributed architecture (ET200 interface)
Process control and monitoring using PLC systems:
Visualization tools and programs (Protool/Pro, WinCC, WinCC-flexible)

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Teaching methods/Media:
Lecture notes, S7, Simatic Manager with PLC-SIM, SIMIT, video projector

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Recommended or required reading:
Siemens: S7 training documents (
Wellenreuther, Zastrow:  Automatisieren mit SPS. Vieweg-Verlag. Wiesbaden
Wellenreuther, Zastrow:  Automatisierungsaufgaben mit SPS, Vieweg-Verlag. Wiesbaden

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