The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of robotics with an emphasis on industrial uses. This course will build on other courses such as PLC’s and will focus on movement of both fixed and mobile robot bodies with servo control, microcontrollers, sensors and software.
This course will explore various measuring, recording, and controlling devices and their application in industrial processes, along with the symbols and diagrams associated with process control. Processes involving pressure, level (fluid), and flow will be explored. Closed-loop PID controllers will be introduced.
This course will introduce the programmable logic controller, how it is structured and programmed, and how it is applied to control machine/process systems. Emphasis will be placed on learning the common instructions and symbols used in PLC programs and how to read and interpret these to determine faults in a malfunctioning system. Programmable logic controllers will be used to control various processes.
This course introduces active devices into DC and AC circuits. Semiconductor materials, pn junctions, diodes, BJT’s, FET’s, and more complex active devices such as operational amplifiers will be examined. Parameter measurements in normal and faulted circuits will be emphasized in order to further develop system troubleshooting competence. The fundamentals of digital circuit concepts will also be explored, including digital number systems, logic gates, and flip flops.
This course introduces electrical control of hydraulic and pneumatic systems. The concepts of pressure, force, and flow rates will be applied using pumps, valves, and actuators on a daily basis. Circuit building, parameter measurements, and a systems view will be emphasized to develop troubleshooting ability.
This course will introduce the fundamentals of modern personal computer systems, including hardware, BIOS and drivers, operating systems, and application software. Formatting and partitioning of HDD’s, loading of operating systems, and then basic system updating and maintenance will be practiced. The binary and hexadecimal numbering systems will be introduced. A robotics module will introduce basic programming concepts.