Industrial automation

lmeca2755  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Industrial automation
5 credits
30.0 h + 30.0 h
Dehez Bruno; Fisette Paul; Ronsse Renaud;
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 :


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 contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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
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 (1)
Evaluation methods
Written exam
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

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

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

Master [120] in Mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Biomedical Engineering