Course detail

Process automation

FEKT-MAUPAcad. year: 2015/2016

The course MAUP is designed for students of second year of graduate studies. It is the last year of university studies and course graduates of MAUP after its completion are to join the development and programming teams to be ready for design and implementation of industrial control systems. The basic pillars of this work is the specification of the electrical components of the technological process, specification of input and output signals, control system design, a price quotation for the user, creating a PLC program, the creation of programs for control and visualization (SCADA / HMI), the design of industrial communication networks and the creation of application of MES system. For these activities must be responsible person able to create a timetable. Theoretical underpinnings is the knowledge of mathematical modeling of complex technological systems, model verification, modeling and numerical aspects of functional safety (IEC 61508 standard and related)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The student is able to
- Create demand and quotation for an automation project
- Create a project visualization of technological processes (SCADA)
- Create a mathematical model of technological unit
- Implement appropriate control algorithms
- Create an application with the modules of Manufacturing Execution System (MES)
- Create a program for batch process BATCH
- To assess the degree of risk-driven process in terms of functional safety standard IEC 61508
- Design HW / SW configuration of safe control


The subject knowledge on the Bachelor´s degree level is requested.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Industrial Ethernet. Lorentz K., Lueder A. ed., IAONA Handbook, Magdeburg, 3rd Edition, 2005, ISBN 3-00-016934
Zezulka F.: Automatizační prostředky. Skriptum PC DIR, 2000. (CS)
Zezulka F.: Prostředky průmyslové automatizace, VUTIUM, 2004 (CS)
2. PowerPoint prezentace autorů jednotlivých přednášek (CS)
Automatizace procesů, el. učební texty, Zezulka a kolektiv (CS)
Programovatelné automaty v řízení technologických procesů, Jan Pásek, 2007 (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Teachning methods include lectures, case studies, practical laboratories and excursions in technological processes. Course is taking advantage of e-learning (Moodle) system. Students work with the system COMES, one system of an operative production control. Students have to write three project/assignment and in another three acts as a co-author during the course.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

30 points for practice exercise (student is due to work out 5 reports)
70 points for examination
The exam is in the written form
To pass the written exam a student needs to get 35 points out of 70 possible

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Introduction to designing automation systems.
2. Control and visualization SCADA (InTouch)
3. Mathematical modeling of complex technological systems
4. Selected problems of practical application controllers.
5. Identification of the characteristics of industrial equipment
6. Case study of projecting a power plant
7. The Manufacturing Execution System MES
8. Programming batch processes in the Batch and Modeller modules of COMES system
9. Example of a steam heat exchanger station

Laboratory exercies:
1. Revise basic programming SIMATIC PLC (HW configuration, simple programs in STL)
2. Measurement and processing of analog signals in PLC, including visualization
3. Visualization in InTouch
4. STL program for filling and emptying the tank
5. Functions in STL for control module (motor, valve, ..)
6. The program for controlling the temperature in the tank
7. Visualization of tanks processing in InTouch
8. Buffer exercise / visualization in WinCC
9. Processing of data from tanks processing program in the MES (COMESA)
10. BATCH program Filling a tank heating system (COMESA)
11. BATCH program Filling a tank heating system (COMESA)
12. Excursions CEMO
13. Spare exercise


The aim of the course is to introduce students to the total issues of process automation. Students will learn the basics of design and construction work on projects of automation machinery, production lines and processes. Become familiar with the safety norms, project symbols applied for measurement and control and development procedures for the implementation of systems of measurement, control and automation.
The course provides students with computer support of design work. On the practical demonstration projects and excursions to selected technological processes students become familiar with a particular form of implementation of automation. Laboratory exercises are geared towards PC-based distributed control systems (DCS) applied to software process models. Another part of the exercise is devoted to software systems to support the engineering works.
In the examples of heat exchangers and power units, students practice the conventions of design and brand management principles and power equipment.
A big part of the lectures provide practice management experts of power plant units from the conventional up to nuclear power plants, mathematical modeling of complex technological systems, selected problems of practical application controllers, identifying the characteristics of industrial equipment, case studies of projecting power station.
Lectures terminates introduction to functional safety standard IEC 61508.

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

Laboratory exercises are compulsory, properly excused missed laboratory exercise is to be replaced after agreement with the teacher

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme EEKR-M Master's

    branch M-KAM , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-M1 Master's

    branch M1-KAM , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme EEKR-CZV lifelong learning

    branch ET-CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer