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Industrial Applications

Credits: 12

Objectives: The course aims to explain the architecture, the technologies and the design methodologies that characterize industrial applications from the informatics point of view. Students will be able to design and realize industrial applications, by considering algorithms, interface with sensors and actuators, hardware infrastructures, programming interfaces, software architectures and RTOS.

Description: Topics include:

  • Introduction to Industrial Applications and Industrial Informatics.
  • The computer in Control and Industrial Applications. Open Loop and Closed Loop Control – Sequential Logic Control. Hierarchies of control. Supervisory Systems and Data Acquisition. SCADA Systems. CIM-Computer Integrated Manufacturing. DCS. Requirements of Industrial Applications and their functional decomposition. 
  • Sensors and Actuators. Sensor Output Classification. Wiring and interfacing. Proximity Sensors. Temperature Sensors. Position Sensors. Accelerations. Pressure, Flow, Force. Introduction to Motor Controls. Actuators. 
  • Informatics Technology in Industrial Applications. Processors, Performance, Power Consumption and Programming Interface. DSP. Architecture. Sw interface. Example of DSP Applications. Microcontroller. Architecture. Sw Interface. Patterns in Microcontroller Programming. Closed-Loop and PID control. RTOS. Sw Architecture of Industrial Applications. Standards (61131, 61499, etc). 

A significant part of the course is devoted to the development of an industrial application, starting from the ideation up to the implementation on real hardware of sample prototypes.

Assessment: Practical project and discussion.

Prerequisites: Real-Time and Distributed Systems; Computer Architecture

Modules: 2

Module 1 (6 Credits): Industrial Applications

Module 2 (6 Credits): Innovations


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