Industrial automation

lmeca2755  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Industrial automation
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Students are expected to master the following skills: basic knowledge in description and analysis of mechanisms, and linear control, as they are covered within the courses LMECA1210 and LINMA1510
Main themes
  • Introduction to industrial sensors : physical principles and practical development
  • Pneumatic and electropneumatic systems : technology and sequential logic
  • Industrial Robotics : kinematic structures and models, manipulators, trajectory planning and control.
  • Programmable Logic Controllers : technology, principes and programming
  • GRAFCET : functional programming and implementation

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 In consideration of the reference table AA of the program "Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering", this course contributes to the development, to the acquisition and to the evaluation of the following experiences of learning:
  • AA1.1
  • AA3.3
  • AA5.3, AA5.4, AA5.5
  • AA6.1
More precisely, at the end of this course, students will be able to
  • State the working principle and the main properties ofIndustrial sensors, pneumatic and electropneumatic systems, industrialrobotics, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), and of production line management.
  • Select and implement an industrial sensor within a production process
  • Apply notions of sequential programming, by working on didactical benches et programming an industrial conveyor.
  • Derive direct and inverse geometric models of an industrial robot, derive the Jacobian matrix of this robot, and use it to identify the singularities.
  • Develop a simple method for trajectory planning of an industrial robot, and for controlling the position along this trajectory
The course covers the various topics listed in the "Main themes" section. It is an introductive course in the field of industrial automation, where both sensors and actuators are covered (mainly pneumatic and electropneumatic actuators, such as industrial robots), and where the coordinating "system" is overviewed. This "system" is restricted to a sequential approach: hard-wired and programmable logics are covered and practiced in practical laboratories. Students will perform these labs by groups of 2 people, on didactic benches for pneumatic and electropneumatic systems, and on an industrial conveyor.  They will further manipulate an industrial robot.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Courses (13 lectures)
Laboratories: 4 (electro)pneumatics, 1 in robotics and 2 on a Programmable Logic Controller
Homework on the selection and implementation of an industrial sensor
Depending on the health situation, the lectures can be organized partially or entirely remotely, via videoconference.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written exam.
Depending on the health situation, the exam can be organized remotely. In this particular case, if a problem is noted in an exam copy (suspicion of fraud or technical problem) or when it is submitted (when downloading or equivalent), an oral exam may be organized in addition and/or in replacement of the written assessment.
Other information
One or several industrial seminar(s) is/are organized
Slides, Syllabus et notices de laboratoires sur Moodle
Pour la partie "robotique" du cours, les deux références principales sont les livres:
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Evaluation methods
The evaluation will be in the form of a written exam covering all the material covered in the lectures, for the 3 parts. This exam will include open and closed questions (for example: short answers, numerical answers, multiple choice questions, ...). This year, the exam will take place remotely.

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Biomedical Engineering

Master [120] in Mechanical Engineering