AUTO H3005 - Mechatronics 5

Module Title:Mechatronics 5
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide the students with the ability to apply control techniques to electromechanical processes and construct PLC programs
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Program PLCs using all 3 methods namely Statement List, Ladder Logic and Sequential Function Charts, to control various Mechanical Machines and processes (software simulations)
LO2 Design a PLC controlled project.
LO3 Describe various hardware components in modern control systems, illustrating their correct use, and configuration
LO4 Convert to and from decimal, binary, BCD, octal, hexadecimal and Gray code number systems.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
PLC programming
Method of programming from hand held units to computer interface. Structure programs using Ladder Logic,Statement List and Grafcet,writing programs to control machine functions using these methods. Write programs to control given sequences on simulation panel. Develop programs to control various machines, carrying out maths functions within PLC's, Data manipulation functions (mask/move) combined with advanced functions ( sequential load/output function blocks) Interpret given programs and resolve hidden problems.
PLC theory
Creating I/O schedules, Fault diagnostics, recognizing different hardware configurations (sinking/sourcing). Analogue and digital configurations, scaling of inputs and data conversion.
Design PLC controlled project.
Select a suitable PLC for a project. Design Mains, pneumatic & control circuits. Create I/O schedule and generic PLC program. Generate a BOM and create a back-plate layout of PLC panel.
Assessment Breakdown%
Special Regulation
Computer based PLC programming using a specific industrial programming platform
No Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Complete PLC project from I/O schedules to electropneumatic circuit, plc program and hardward specification 2,3 30.00 Week 26
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation PLC practical programming of various simulated plant and equipment & other computer based competencies 1,3,4 70.00 Every Second Week
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EMMEC_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 5 Mandatory
CW_EEMEC_D Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 5 Mandatory