Industrial robotics

The module starts in spring 2020!

Tampere University offers minor studies in production automation and industrial robotics. The minor offers both basic and advanced knowledge on design and implementation of discrete production systems. Detailed focus is placed on robotics, PLCs and system integration. The module will teach practical and industry related skills and knowledge.

The module is suitable for persons planning to work in manufacturing enterprises or companies making manufacturing equipment.

For the module it is recommended to have basic knowledge of industrial robotics and manufacturing. Suitable prerequisities can be fulfilled by studying the book Programmable Automation Technologies by Daniel E. Kandray (Industrial Press, 2010).

Courses included in the programme:

= Contact learning
= Online learning
= Blended learning (online & contact learning)
Digital manufacturing, 5 ECTS. 7.1.–1.3.2020.

Apply before Dec 15, 2019

Course code: MEI-51026

Language: English

This course provides a perspective on the discipline of digital manufacturing, with the central focus on the integrated design and modelling of manufacturing systems considering various sources of information on product and manufacturing processes. The emphasis is given to production and test of machines programs for machining and additive manufacturing using CAD/CAM software.

The course provides a survival kit and the corresponding references in manufacturing in order to support the choices to be made during the use of CAD/CAM software. Digital manufacturing systems integrate advanced 3D modelling and simulation tools enabling collaborative product and process design.

After completing this course, student understands the key principles and tools supporting the digital manufacturing process.

Production automation planning, 5 ECTS. 2.3.–31.5.2020.

Apply before Feb 16, 2020

Course code: MEI-56006

Language: English

After completing the course, students will be able to understand the principles of production automation systems in discrete automation. Student is familiar with the common automation devices used in a production system and can select right devices to a production line. They learn how to implement modern digital manufacturing software to design a production line for a given task. Student understands the principles of the production line layout, feeding and handling systems and overall system design.

Course project work topics are collected from local companies that change from one implementation to another. Visits to companies are arranged.

Production automation exercises, 5 ECTS. Fall 2020.

Course code: MEI-56206

Language: English


  • basic understanding of programming
  • basics of industrial automation systems (e.g. course MEI-56006 Production automation planning)

The student can program and use the basic equipment of the discrete production automation in practice (sensors, actuators, logics (PLC), robotics). The course have a few lectures and several practical assignments.

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.

Visiting lectures and hands on workshop arranged together with automation component and robotics suppliers.

Virtual commissioning of robot systems, 5 ECTS. Fall 2020.

Course code: MEI-56506

Language: English


  • basic understanding of programming (good to know, but not mandatory)
  • basics of industrial automation systems (e.g. course MEI-56006 Production automation planning)

After completing the course student has basic skills to use modern 3D design, simulation and offline programming tools in robot cell design. Student is familiar with general requirements and principles of robot workcell design, off-line programming, calibration and executing the programs with an industrial robot.

Collaborative robotics, 5 ECTS. Spring/fall 2020.

Course code: MEI-56406

Language: English

Prerequisites: Basics of industrial automation systems (e.g. course MEI-56006 Production automation planning)

After completing the course, the participants know the principles of human-robot collaboration (HRC) solutions in different areas of industrial and services, and their technology maturity levels. Legislation and relevant standard defining the basis for HRC will be introduced. Understanding will be deepened in personal study where relevant standards will be applied. Participants will have ability to conceptualise collaborative robotics enabled by modern technologies, including their business aspects.

Course projects can be based on industrial cases but this is not compulsory. The course has 5 contact days. It will be arranged either during spring or fall 2020. Additional info will be added to this website.

Further information

Professor in charge: Prof. Minna Lanz (

Contact person in practical matters: Prof. Minna Lanz (

Other teachers:

Dr. Niko Siltala

Dr. Eeva Järvenpää

Jyrki Latokartano

Type of study unit



5–25 ECTS

Teaching semester


Host university

Tampere University

Open for degree student


Level of studies


General prerequisites

Basic knowledge of industrial robotics and manufacturing

Teaching methods

Blended learning



Programme suitable for

For persons planning to work in manufacturing enterprises or companies making manufacturing equipment



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