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EEE3008 : Industrial Automation and Robotics

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kristopher Smith
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To study the classification of industrial control systems and robots.
2. To study the modelling of industrial plant, sensors and actuators
3. To study the on-off control of industrial applications with the use of Programmable Logical Controllers (PLCs)~
4. To study the application and tuning of PID controllers to industrial plant
5. To study the theory and application of Fuzzy controllers.
6. To study the anatomy, kinematics and control of robotic arms.

Outline Of Syllabus

Industrial On-Off control with the use of classical mechanical relays and PLCs.

Sensor and actuator characteristics and modelling

Plant modelling - linear and nonlinear plant characteristics, plant linearisation, PID controller design.

Fuzzy set theory, Fuzzy controllers and AI methods applied to industrial control problems

Nonlinear industrial control problems - interconnected tanks, inverted pendulum.

Robot position & velocity kinematic analysis theory and its application to classical manipulators and wrist mechanisms, Denavit-Hartenberg theory, role of homogeneous transformations.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:153:00Revision for multiple choice test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Multiple choice test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study158:3058:30Reviewing lecture notes; general reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
EEE8005Industrial Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide the core material and guidance for further reading.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A80Final exam
PC Examination601M20Multiple choice test
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
EEE8005Industrial Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence1N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The multiple choice test will require knowledge of the basic materials presented in the lectures. The examination requires from the student a formal knowledge of the basic principles of robotics and on-off control.

Semester 1 Study Abroad students will be able to sit the assessment earlier.

Reading Lists