Course unit code:
Course unit title:
Technical Means of Automation
Mode of delivery, planned learning activities and teaching methods:
lecture – 2 hours weekly (on-site method)
laboratory practice – 2 hours weekly (on-site method)
Credits allocated:
Recommended semester:
Automation and Information Engineering in Chemistry and Food Industry – master (full-time, attendance method), 1. semester
Level of study:
Prerequisites for registration:
Assesment methods:
protocols Final grade is determined according to following criteria: A 92–100 points, B 83–91 points, C 74–82 points, D 65–73 points, E 56–64 points.
Learning outcomes of the course unit:
Students get acquainted with the existing technical means of automation for control of technological processes in chemical and food industry with basic control techniques and computers.
Course contents:
1. 1 Automated process control systems. Architecture of control system. Review of technical means and their role in the control system.
2 Information management sub-systems. Acquisition and basic processing of process variables. The architecture of measurement systems.
3 Industrial process controllers and stations. Characteristics, area of application. Elements of digital controllers.
4 Programmable logic controllers. Characteristics and area of application. System components. PLC program cycle.
5 Standard IEC 61131. Programming languages ​​of programmable controllers.
6 Control systems based on industrial PC. Architecture of control system with PC. Operation systems with real time behaviour.
7 Distributed control systems. Characteristics of distributed control systems. Architecture of distributed control systems.
8 Intelligent sensors. Architecture, characteristics.
9 Smart actuators. Architecture, characteristics.
10 Methods for starting of asynchronous electric motors. Management of motors.
11 Frequency inverters. Characteristics, architecture, application.
12 Management of intelligent field devices. Communication protocol HART.
(allowance 26/26)
Recommended or required reading:
  • JUHÁS, M. – SÁSIK, J. Informačné a riadiace systémy. Bratislava : FX s.r.o., 2008. 166 p. ISBN 978-80-89313-06-8.
Language of instruction:
Slovak, English
Assessed students in total:

A 45.5 %

B 24.8 %

C 24 %

D 4.1 %

E 0.8 %

FX 0.8 %

Name of lecturer(s):
M. Kalúz (2018/2019 – Winter)
M. Kalúz (2017/2018 – Winter)
M. Kalúz (2016/2017 – Winter)
M. Kalúz (2015/2016 – Winter)
Course supervisor:
prof. Ing. Miroslav Fikar, DrSc.
Last modification:
16. 1. 2018

Department of Information Engineering and Process Control

AIS: 2018/2019   2017/2018  

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