Course code Ener5009

Credit points 3

Automation of Technological Processes

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours57

Date of course confirmation16.03.2011

Responsible UnitInstitute of Engineering and Energetics

Course developer

author Inženiertehnikas un enerģētikas institūts

Genādijs Moskvins

Dr. habil. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

ETeh5003, Conformity and Certification of Electrical Equipment

Course abstract

The aim of the course is to prepares highly qualified, competitive and competent specialists for the analysis, control, regulation and management of automated technological processes (TP) in accordance with the requirements of automated industrial engineering. During the study process, students acquire knowledge, skills and competencies that correspond to the paradigms of modern engineering and management science. During the study process, students get acquainted with the principles of computer control of production, learn the principles of TP quality and efficiency evaluation and management, which include the methods used by the world's leading industrial companies.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

1. Knowledge - the student knows the elements of automation and their application in automated industrial engineering, production, technological processes and the specifics of production automation, methods of analysis, synthesis, modelling, design and calculation of automation equipment and processes - lectures and theoretical test.
2. Skills - able to apply automated industrial engineering , production , technological processes (TP) and product conformity assessment methods is able to evaluate, substantiate and select the required level of TP automation and reasonably select the components of production technological processes, optimal operating modes, compile, connect and experimentally test automation and electric drive circuits, perform calculations and evaluate process quality - laboratory work.

3. Competence - selection of the principle and optimal modes of automated process and equipment management, evaluation of performance quality and justification of improvement solutions - developed and defended independent work, test.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Basic concepts of automation. Intellectualization of production and technological processes. Automated and automatic control systems in production technologies. The main directions of automation development. (Lecture - 1h)
2. Types and level of automation. TP management system paradigm. Classifications of automation elements and DUS. (Lecture - 1h)
3. Structure of technological processes and elements of automation. TP control algorithm. Examples of control algorithm record types. 1st and 2nd level ATVS. (Lecture - 1h)
4. Automated industrial engineering data and information processing methods and tools. Automation of compliance control data processing. (Lecture - 2h)
5. Principles of automated process and system design. Feedback. (Lecture - 1h)
6. Automation input elements, intermediate elements and output elements. (Lecture - 1h)
7. Basic electrical and TP functional schemes of automation. Graphical designations of automation elements. Modelling and synthesis of TP functional circuits in the computer program EDrawMax environment. (Lecture - 0.5h; laboratory works - 1h)
8. Types of sensor signals, amplifiers and converters. Enforcement mechanisms. Relays and starters. Light sensitive elements. DC electromagnetic relays. AC electromagnetic relays. Time relays. Control test 1. (Lecture - 0.5h; laboratory works - 1h)
9. TP physical parameter control sensors. Automatic maintenance of production technological process parameters in a given range. Automatic control and PID adjustment. (Lecture - 2h)
10. The concept of metric image. Intelligent measuring and dosing systems and tools for TP automation. (Lecture - 0.5h)
11. Mathematical model of automated technological process control. TP physical and virtual modelling. Temperature transducers. Thermocouples. Thermoresistors. Conveyor with limit switches. (Lecture - 0.5h, laboratory work -2h)
12. TP automation circuits and their applications. Programmable logic controller (PLC). (Lecture - 0.5h; laboratory works - 2h)
13. Fuzzy logic. The “black box” principle (W.R. Ashby). Application examples. (Lecture - 0.5h)
14. E-technologies, mobile applications and intelligent devices for product quality, security and compliance control. Electronic "nose" and electronic "tongue". (Lecture - 0.5h; laboratory works - 2h)
15. Computer equipment in production. Automated company management hierarchy. Production TP visualization systems SCADA and TRACE MODE 6. (Lecture - 0.5h,laboratory works - 2h)
16. Evaluation of economic effect and efficiency of automation. TP electric drive automation. Automatic control of electric motors. Dynamic braking of electric motors with their reversal. Dynamic braking of electric motors with direct voltage. (Lecture - 0.5h, laboratory works - 2h)

17. Control test №2. Defence of laboratory works. (Lecture - 0.5h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

The student is admitted to the written test only if the laboratory works has been worked out, control tests №1 and №2 is approved and independent work is accepted.
Exam consists of three questions:
1. The question of automation theory;
2. The question of practical work;

3. The question of the working principle of operation of a given TP automation and TP functional scheme.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The student prepares a report or a presentation on a freely chosen topic of TP automation, including control schemes, diagrams and engineering calculations. Independent work can be performed using computer programs EDrawMax, SCADA, TRACE MODE 6, etc.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The evaluation of the written test consists of the correct answer to each test question. The correct answer may have minor shortcomings or minor errors. The answer can be correct, comprehensive, and broad, to each question, correct with minor flaws or errors, correct answer that contains only basic concepts without explanation, or contains material errors. If there is no answer, the answer is wrong, there are very gross significant errors in the answer, then written test not passed.

Assessment of test consist of the following parts – practical and homework (4), homework presentation (2), defence (2). To get 9 – 10 assessment – student can choose additional exercises.

Compulsory reading

1. Moskvins G. Automatizācija. Mācību grāmata. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 120 lpp.
2. Šnīders A., Leščevics P., Galiņš A. Tehnoloģisko iekārtu automatizācija. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 60 lpp.

3. Kaķītis A., Galiņš A., Leščevics P. Sensori un mērīšanas sistēmas. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 395 lpp.

Further reading

1. Moskvins G. Intelektuālās sistēmas un tehnoloģijas. Mācību grāmata. Jelgava: LLU, 2008. 136 lpp.
2. Oded Goldreich. Computational Complexity: a Conceptual Perspective. Cambridge University Press, 2008. 606 p.
3. Suematsu, Y. Itroduction to Personal Computer Based Controllers. Tokyo: Ohmsha,Ltd., 2002. 256 p.

4. Hopgood A. A. (2011). Intelligent Systems for Engineers and Scientists, CRC Press, 451 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Enerģētika un automatizācija. Profesionāls žurnāls par enerģētiku un automatizācijas risinājumiem. Pieejams:http://;
2. Literature for Process Automation. Pieejams:;

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The course is included in the compulsory part of TF Master's study program in Agricultural Engineering in the subprogram "Energetics" in full-time and part-time studies.