Course detail

Mechanisation, Automation and Handling

FSI-HMEAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course introduces students to basic types of mechanization, handling and automation components and their theory and their utilization in industrial applications of manufacturing systems for forming, machining, welding, foundry and unconventional technologies is explained. The theory focuses on all kinds of transport systems, cranes, carts and all types of containers, feeders, conveyors, orientators and other peripherals used in automated systems. Furthermore, flexible production systems, automated production lines, integrated production systems, including the analysis of robots and manipulators, are discussed, including computer technology support.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will acquire necessary knowledge with regard to the working of classical manufacturing systems, mechanization and automation and handling systems and application of this knowledge to NC and CNC machines, robots and manipulators used at all levels of the engineering enterprise.
The acquired knowledge can be applied by the students in both structural and technological departments, even in designing their own proposals of manufacturing productions. The course will be supported by the computer aided technology, which the students will become acquainted with.


Basic knowledge of producing mechanization, handling and basic information about machines and equipment in manufacturing technology (mainly in forming, machining and welding technologies).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

BLACK, J.T.: The Design of the Factory with a future, Mecgraw-Hill, ISBN 978-007005506 (EN)
Rumíšek, P.: Automatizace výrobních procesů II. - tváření, Brno 1990, VUT - učební texty
Urbánek, J.: Automatizace výrobních procesů - obrábění, Brno 1990 , VUT - učební texty
Kamelander, I.: Mechanizace a automatizace výrobních strojů, Brno 1987, VUT - učební texty
URBÁNEK, Jiří. Automatizace výrobních procesů: obrábění. Brno: Ediční středisko VUT, 1990. Učební texty vysokých škol (Vysoké učení technické v Brně). ISBN 80-214-0161-3. (CS)
Palko, Anton a Juraj Smrček. Robotika: koncové efektory pre priemyselné a servisné roboty: navrhovanie - konštrukcia a riešenie. 1.vyd. Košice. 2004. 272 s. ISBN 80-8073-218-3 (SK)
RUMÍŠEK, Pavel. Automatizace výrobních procesů II: tváření. Praha: Mezinárodní organizace novinářů, 1990. ISBN 80-214-0221-0. (CS)
Novák - Marcinčin, Josef. Application of virtual manufacturing in area of robotic workplaces design and operation. Univerzity of Zenica. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. 2006. ISBN 9958617307 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Attendance at lessons is checked. The lecture is different each week, therefore, an absence may be compensated in the same week only. Only one lecture may be missed without penalty. In the case of more missed exercises and the impossibility of replacing the exercise, the substitute protocols and computational work will be assigned.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The main aim is understanding of the work of various mechanization and automation systems and explains their principles. This is based on the recognition of the most primitive classical methods to higher levels of automation.

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

Participation in lessons is controlled by solving the partial projects submitted in the form of elaborates. The course-unit credit is done by examining the participation in the course, evaluation of the written tests and the projects evaluation. The exam consists of a written test and an oral exam.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-STG , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M-STM , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to the software for the evaluation of automation processes
2. Introduction, shape division of components, classification, mechanization and automation equipment
3. Logic, logical circuits, detecting elements and sensors
4. Numerical control systems NC-CNC-DNC-HNC
5. Objects and solutions of mechanization, automation and manipulation in the field of metal forming technology
6. Objects and solutions of mechanization, automation and manipulation in the field of machining technologies,
welding, casting and cutting
7. Solution of mechanization and automation problems in packaging, brazing, soldering, main principles
8. NC and CNC machines and its application in different technologies, principles
9. Production centers, automated production lines and transport systems
10. Materials handling means, cranes, low- and high- lift trucks, transport and handling systems
11. Industrial robots and manipulators - principles, structure, controlling
12. Conditions for using the industrial robots at production systems, heads, robot equipment
13. Automation production systems and complex handling


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Automation elements - principles, function
2. Automation elements - their use, circuits, project assignment
3. Boolean algebra
4. Introduction to automation and mechanization evaluation software
5. Working with the software (conveyors, slides)
6. Working with the software (low- and high- lift trucks, manipulators and conveyors)
7. Working with the software (flexible production line, integrated production section)
8. Project solution with regard to mechanization and automation
9. Solutions for handling in warehouses and warehousing systems
10. Classical elements of mechanization and manipulation in connection with production machines
11. Progressive methods for automation
12. Design of an AVS system using computer technology
13. Projects evaluation, test and attendance evaluation, course-unit credit