Course detail

Electrical Elements of Automatic Control of Production Systems

FSI-GARAcad. year: 2020/2021

The course familiarises students with automation and control devices for production machines. This information is useful for the design of automatic production machines and manufacturing systems. The course deals with theoretical principles of automatic control, mechanical control, electrical control, numerical control, sensors and effectors.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will be made familiar with elements for automation of production machines and other manufacturing equipment, with methods necessary for control of production machines and manufacturing systems. They will be able to apply this knowledge to the design and development of manufacturing systems and their parts. They will gain practical experience with computer aided technologies used for the design, programming and for simulation of production machine control.


Students are expected to have: - basic knowledge of physics in area of electrostatics and electromagnetism, - computer literacy, - knowledge of basic principles of manufacturing systems and machines, requirements for their functionality.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Schneider Electric Software Global Customer Support [online], 2018. Schneider Electric industrial software business [cit. 2018-03-18]. Dostupné z: (EN)
PFEIFER, Václav, 1997. Automatické řízení výrobních strojů: programové řízení. Plzeň: Západočeská univerzita. ISBN 80-708-2329-1. (CS)
Wonderware software [online], 2018. Hradec Králové: Pantek (CS) [cit. 2018-03-18]. Dostupné z: (CS)
MARTINEK, Radislav, 2004. Senzory v průmyslové praxi. Praha: BEN - technická literatura. ISBN 80-7300-114-4. (CS)
ŠMEJKAL, Ladislav. PLC a automatizace. Praha: BEN - technická literatura, 2005. ISBN 80-730-0087-3. (CS)
BOLTON, William. Instrumentation and Control Systems (Second Edition). Second Edition. Kidlington: Newnes, 2015. ISBN 978-0-08-100613-9. (EN)
Beckhoff Information System [online]. Germany: Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co., 2019 [cit. 2019-09-14]. Dostupné z: (EN)
ČSN EN 61131-3 ed. 2 Programovatelné řídicí jednotky - Část 3: Programovací jazyky. Ed.2. Praha: Úřad pro technickou normalizaci, metrologii a státní zkušebnictví, 2013. (CS)
ČSN ISO 5807 Zpracování informací. Dokumentační symboly a konvence pro vývojové diagramy toku dat, programu a systému, síťové diagramy programu a diagramy zdrojů systému. Ver.1. Praha: Úřad pro technickou normalizaci, metrologii a státní zkušebnictví, 1996. (CS)
The TIA Portal Tutorial Center (videos) - ID- 106656707 - Industry Support Siemens. Industry Support Siemens [online]. Munich: Siemens, 2019 [cit. 2019-09-14]. Dostupné z: (EN)

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

Course-unit credit is conditional on the following:
1. Attendance at exercises (except documented excusable absence)
2. Fulfillment of the conditions of continuous control (preparation for exercise, activity during exercise); these requirements will be specified at the beginning of the semester in practice.
3. Elaboration and demonstration of assigned tasks

The exam verifies the acquired knowledge. The exam is combined. In the written part verifies the ability of the student to apply the acquired knowledge and methods in the test and in the oral part if necessary verifies the knowledge of theoretical foundations.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge of HW and SW of control systems for machine tools and manufacturing systems and their practical use. The basic terms for this area are defined and analysed. Also discussed are the control systems and their parts and basic as an important part of the design and development of manufacturing equipment. At the same time, students will test modern procedures in programming of control structures in accordance with the principles of Industry 4.0.

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

Attendance at obligatory lessons is checked and only substantial reasons of absence are accepted. Missed lessons can be substituted for via solution of extra exercises.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-VSR-P Master's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, subject and sources of automatic control, defining basic terms.
Position of an automatic control in design of manufacturing machines and systems.
2. Programmable logic controller (PLC) - hardware.
System description of PLC. Fundamentals of its work.
3. PLC - software. Fundamentals of standard ČSN EN 61131-3.
4. -5. LD (Ladder diagram) language.
6. Introduction to algorithmization using flowcharts. Introduction to the standard ČSN ISO 5807.
7.-8. SFC (Structured function chart) language.
9.-11. Sensors – classification, characteristic properties.
12.Safety integrated for automatic control
13. Industrial networks

Laboratory exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1-2. Influence of automatic control on the manufacturing machines design, their working properties and service.
3-4. Specification of machine components for further own work.
5-10. Proposal of a control system and a control algorithm, object description for controlled and controlling systems. Realisation of a control program.
11-12. Simulation of a control process, solution verification, debugging.
13. Presentation of a solution and evaluation.