Course detail

Robots and Manipulators

FSI-FRM-AAcad. year: 2011/2012

Application of industrial robots and manipulators to the automated and robotized production. Basic and derived types of industrial robots, their control and programming. Drives and gearboxes in the design of industrial robots. End-effectors of industrial robots and their application in the workplaces. Exercises are focused on the practical robot demonstrations and their programming.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are provided with the latest information about new forms and applications of industrial robots and manipulators and their programming. Great emphasis is placed on practical use.


Basic knowledge of designing production machines and robots


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Buda, J.-Kováč,M.: Priemyselné roboty, ALFA, Bratislava, 1976
Kolíbal, Z.: Průmyslové roboty I. Konstrukce průmyslových robotů a manipulátorů (PRaM), skriptum VUT
Volmer, J. a kol.: Industrieroboter, VEB Verlag Technik, Berlin, 1981
Kolíbal, Z.- Kadlec,Z.: Průmyslové roboty II. Konstrukce výstupních hlavic a periferií, skriptum VUT
Chvála, B. - Matička, R. - Talácko, J.: Průmyslové roboty a manipulátory, SNTL, Praha, 1990

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teaching methods depend on the type of course unit as specified in the article 7 of BUT Rules for Studies and Examinations.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Graded course-unit credit is awarded on the following conditions: 1. Attendance at laboratory tutorials – 100 % 2. Properly elaborated and approved reports of the laboratory tutorials

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the basics of modern robotics. Students are provided with practical knowledge of a project, design, control and applications of IRaM.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The examination has a written and an oral part. The examination tests student’s knowledge and the ability of practical application. Both parts are reflected in the final classification. Attendance at seminars is obligatory. Seminars contain both the theoretical lessons in the class and the practical lessons in the laboratory of IPMSaR. The course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having worked out and submitted an individually assigned semester project.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2E-A Master's

    branch M-IND , 1. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Industrial robots as a part of production machines
2. Robot and manipulators generations, types of IRaM
3. System approach to robots and their action, perception and control sub-systems
4. Action subsystems, basic kinematic chain of positioning devices of IRaM
5. Basic types of industrial robots
6. Derived types of industrial robots
7. Positioning mechanism of industrial robots
8. Orientation mechanism of industrial robots
9. Design elements of robots machineware (electrical and fluid drives)
10. End effectors of IRaM
11. Peripheral devices and other equipments of robotized workcells
12. Examples of robotized workcells
13. Robots of future


7 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Half-semester work, the topic of which is “Basic kinematic open chain of IRaM”

labs and studios

6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Programming of industrial robots
2. Repeat accuracy position measuring of industrial robot ABB