Course Title: Automation Concepts 2

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2009

Course Code: EEET6220L

Course Title: Automation Concepts 2

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6050 - Advanced Diploma of Electrical Engineering

Course Contact : William Lau

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4703

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jan Jia

+61 3 9925 4390

Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This learning unit is designed for the application of Advanced PLC programming techniques to automation applications and interfacing between PLC and pneumatic or hydraulic sequential machinery. Students will develop practical skills in advance programming, testing and problem solving related to working with PLC in automation areas.

This learning unit is one of a group of units designed to collectively meet underpinning skill & applied knowledge essential for developing the following Core Competency –

UTE NES 304 bA – Undertake commissioning of advanced systems and associated apparatus – Electrical

which is contained in the National Electrotechnology Training Package UTE99

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

UTENES304BA Undertake commissioning of advanced systems & apparatus


o 406.1 Plan & prepare for the development of (basic) testing and evaluation procedures
o 406.2 Develop (basic) testing procedures
o 406.3 Completion of work

Performance Criteria:

Develop skills in PLC programming for interfacing to pneumatic and hydraulic sequential machinery, develop testing procedures that will verify the performance specifications, diagnose and debug faults, and verify the completion of the commission.

• Demonstrate application of the following generic or Key Competencies within the practical activities and work simulations _
o Collect, analyse and organise information (measurement data)
o Communicate ideas and information ((testing & evaluation procedures)
o Plan and organise activities (lab & simulation activities)
o Work with others and in teams (lab & simulation activities)
o Apply mathematical ideas and techniques (calculations & measurement)
o Solve problems (related to design, function of circuits, computer programming)
o Use technology (related to design& maintenance of circuits and systems)

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

• Classroom tutorial activities to consolidate the theory of PLC program design principles for PLC being linked to various pneumatic sequential machinery.

• Practical activities to develop skill in circuit simulation, programming & debugging, construction and fault diagnosis of PLC control circuits.

• Work performance simulation projects involving circuit design and construction, PLC programming, establish testing procedure to verify the specification, diagnose and debug faults, and completion of the commission. Specifications will be provided with work simulation (team or individual basis) or may be negotiated to suit a workplace based application
Projects may be undertaken as part of a team or individual basis.

It is expected that students would require approximately 20% of course hours to be allocated for independent study to do project research, design, construction, testing and problem solving activities.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 introduction to course guides, OH&S issues,learning objective, assessment, revision exercises

Week 2 Fringe conditions in PLCs Control DESIGN ,automatic/manual selection module ,Program selection module ,introduce the racing concepts(BOGUS)
Week 3 Practical exercise 1 Design a 8 step- counter module control system for four linear actuators integrated with auto/man selection module and program selection module,  timer placement in both input and output

Week 4 To Week5
Fringe conditions in PLCs Control DESIGN
Machine interruption concepts
Emergency stop module integrated with extended cycle selection module
Interface PLC with Pneumatic control systems Practical exercise 2
Modify the exercise no1 integrated with the emergency stop module
Monitoring status of relays
Fault finding techniques

Week 6 to week 10

Introduction to hydraulic control System
Design concepts of PLC controlled hydraulic system
Function of different valves
Interface PLC with practical hydraulic control system
Practical exercise 3 Practical Hydraulic Application

Week 11 To Week 13

Demonstrate to students

Rohnner PLC Trainer (Drilling Machine)
acquire step-action diagram
operation principles
design criteria

Instruct students to work on the final project
Demonstrate to students how to perform the fault finding when run a program Final project : Drilling Machine

Design a PLC program to control a practical drilling machine involving 20 sequential steps, including auto/manual selection module,

and extended cycle selection module, and emergency stop module

Final project continue

Monitoring status of relays
Fault finding techniques
Observing timer lapses

Save your program to a magnetic tape
Print out the ladder diagram
Print out mnemonics list

Week 16

examination Open book but

Week 17
resit examination

week 18 final catch up works

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Industrial Hydraulic Control, John Wiley, Author: Peter Rohner
Automation with Programmable Logic Controllers, UNSW Press, Author: Peter Rohner

Workbook: Industrial Hydraulic Control, John Wiley, Author: Peter Rohner
Workbook: Automation with Programmable Logic Controllers for Industrial
Automation, Author: Peter Rohner

Pneumatic course notes provided

Overview of Assessment

Assessment requirements include

• attendance and satisfactory completion of prescribed practical exercises , which may be scheduled during the day or evening depending on the demand.
• evidence of participation in and satisfactory completion of work simulation projects.
• satisfactory completion of class assignment work
• progressive tests
• timely submission and standard presentation for all assessment material / documentation

Assessment Tasks

Assessment activities will be as close as practicable to real work situations and will require “real work” type decision making by the student. Evidence of competent performance shall be gathered from:

• Work Performance Simulations

These projects have to demonstrate the applied knowledge required to meet assessment criteria and technical requirement specified in the following competency standard:

UTE NES 304 bA – Undertake commissioning of advanced systems and associated apparatus – Electrical
o 304.1 Plan & prepare to undertake commissioning procedures
o 304.2 Undertake commissioning procedures of advanced systems and associated apparatus
o 304.3 Inspect and notify completion of work

When performing the simulations, students must demonstrate ability to:

o Organise and manage the tasks within the simulations
o Cope with any contingencies that arise during the simulations and solve inherent problems
o Perform tasks autonomously and/or as a member of a team as task proscribes
o Perform task and manage work environment/equipment according to safe working practice and OH&S requirements.
o Meet assessment criteria, conditions and technical requirement relevant to the competency standard detail above.

• Practical exercises

These will be assessed progressively according to individual task criteria. All laboratory exercises must be:
o Undertaken according to safe working practice as specified by the Centre.
o Performed according to specified laboratory standards and practice including calibration, measurement and accurate reading. This must include electrical measurement taken with safe working practice, meters properly calibrated, meter settings positioned for an accurate reading and accurate readings taken for all measurements.

• Progressive and Validation Tests

Theoretical concept underpinning measurement and testing procedures will be assessed progressively in tests throughout the unit. A written/oral validation test will also apply to aspects of projects done in groups

Although this learning unit will be assessed on completion, the competency itself will not be signed off until this and further learning units are completed and the student is deemed competent.

Assessment Matrix

Percentage of assessment

• Written/oral assessment. (45%)
• Assignment/ work performance simulations projects (55%)
• A Pass in practical performance in laboratory exercises
• A Pass in the Learning Unit when evidence of learning is collected according to the requirements as stated at “assessment criteria”. The documentation must be clearly communicated and submitted to supervisor within specified time

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