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Production automation exercises

Individual course

If you are taking this course as part of a FITech minor, please note that all minors will be offered for the last time in the academic year 2021-2022. Please check the individual courses for updates regarding future availability.

Max amount of FITech students: 14

The course includes learning by doing assignments with real devices in labs. It focuses on PLC and robot programming within various environment. The student can select from assignment modules, which they focus on.

Course content:

  • Basics of state models. Students utilise state models and timing charts for representing practical cases and they understand applicability of state models.
  • Logic programming (instruction list, ladder diagram, function block diagram, structured text, sequential function chart). Students can use basic functions to control digital inputs and outputs. Student knows timers, counters, word logic, comparison functions, etc.
  • Basic robot programming skills. Robot coordinates, movements, control of inputs and outputs.
  • Basics of graphical off-line robot programming.
  • Visual interface design.

After completing the course, the student can program and use the basic equipment of the discrete production automation in practice (sensors, actuators, logics (PLC), robotics). In the end of the course, students have a good understanding of the field of discrete manufacturing automation and they can use also the virtual design tools in practice.

The lectures are online. The course has several independent laboratory exercises that require attendance in the campus of University of Tampere. These visits can be arranged with the teacher flexibly and safe. Labs can be done at own time and during weekends.

More information in Tampere University’s study guide.

Responsible teacher

Tampere University
Niko Siltala

Contact person for applications

FITech Network University
Fanny Qvickström, Student services specialist
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Technical studies
Automation engineering
Course code:
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Application deadline:
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Host university:
Tampere University
Study is open for:
Adult learner,
Degree student
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General prerequisites:
Basics of programming concepts. Basic automation concepts (sensors, actuators, robots)
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