Course detail

Robots and Flexible Production Systems

FSI-VRPAcad. year: 2020/2021

Students are made familiar with the basic types of industrial robots and manipulators (hereinafter reoffered to as IRaM), the fundamentals of electromechanical structures (machineware), and the integration to the robotized systems (RTP - robotized technological place or AMS - automated manufacturing system). Also dealt are the basic types of manufacturing machines appropriate for connection to higher manufacturing systems (FMS - flexible manufacturing system or AL - automatic line). The course also presents the basic approaches to the flexible manufacturing systems with regard to ensuring the manufacture by machines, components, tools, industrial aids and gauges during the manufacture, operating and interoperating transport, storage of semiproducts and finished products, automatic check of conditions and measurements of components and tools.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course “Robots and Flexible Manufacturing Systems” provides students with the latest information about structures, projections and the use of industrial robots in practice. They also learn about modern manufacturing systems with regard to the machineware (MW) structure in connection with the control (HW, SW and BW - brainware).


Basic knowledges of projection and designing machines and devices.


Are not.

Recommended optional programme components

Are not.

Recommended or required reading

1. Warnecke, H-J.: Revolution der Unternehmenskultur
Matička, R, Talácko, J.: Konstrukce MaPR
2. Molnár, Z.: Počítačem integrovaná výroba - CIM
Kolíbal, Z.: Průmyslové roboty I - Konstrukce PRaM
Bělohoubek, P., Kolíbal, Z.: Průmyslové roboty IV - Projektování výrobních systémů s PRaM
Jean Pieree Merlet: Parallel Robots, Sophia Antinopolis, France, 2001
Lung Wen Tsai: The Mechanics of Serial and Parallel Manipulator, University of Maryland 2003
Knoflíček, R.: Roboty a pružné výrobní systémy, studijní opora, FSI VUT v Brně, 2004 - viz také
Knoflíček, R.: Mobilní roboty pro průmyslové využití, Ak. nakladatelství CERM, s. r. o. Brno, 2005
Novák, P.: Mobilní roboty - pohony, senzory, řízení, Technická literatura BEN Praha, 2005

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work. According to the possibility of teaching can be organized lectures for students by practitioners and excursions to companies focused on activities related to the course content.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The examination has a written and an oral part. The examination tests student’s knowledge and the ability of practical application. Both parts of the examination are reflected in the final classification.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Are not organized.


The aim of the course is to make students familiar with practical usage of the most suitable type of IRaM for projects of robotized places, with technical attributes of flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), as well as the principles applied for a proper choice of the individual FMS components.

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

Attendance at seminars is obligatory. Seminars contain both the theoretical lessons in the class and the practical lessons in the laboratory of IPMSaR. Course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having worked out and submitted an individually assigned written semester project.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-AIŘ , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective
    branch M-AIŘ , 2. year of study, winter semester, 4 credits, elective

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to industrial robots and manipulators (dictionary, definitions)
2. Basic problems, aspect evaluations of robots
3. Types of robots and their manufacturers in the Czech Republic and in Europe
4. Design of stationary types of industrial robots (robots components, OJ 10 type robot, end effectors)
5. Design elements of robots machineware (electrical and fluid drives)
6. Gear boxes and internal sensors
7. The peripheral devices of robotized workcells
8. Design and applications of mobile robots (types of mobile robots, automated vehicles, autonomous locomotion robots)
9. Application of industrial robots in production and services areas (robotized workcells, systems, designer rules)
10. Main subsystems and components of numerical controlled machines centres
11. One-spindle, multispindle and multipurposes machinning centres
12. Control system of NC machines
13. Technological subsystems of automated production systems in according Industry 4.0

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Semestral project on main topic: Project of robotized workplaces and programming of industrial robots and their pheripherals.