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Mechanical Automation 1

Structure Type: Study unit
Code: IKA0607
Type: Compulsory / Professional Studies
Curriculum: KT 2016V
Level: Bachelor of Engineering
Year of Study: 1 (2016-2017)
Credits: 5 cr
Responsible Teacher: Hirvonen, Osku
Language of Instruction: Finnish

Courses During the Academic Year 2016-2017

Impl.Study TimeTeacher(s)LanguageEnrolment
12017-01-09 – 2017-04-30Osku HirvonenFinnish2016-12-12 – 2017-01-16

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Learning Outcomes

The student will be familiar with the various sectors of automation, such as control techniques, actuators and sensors. The study unit gives basic knowledge for specialised study units in automation.

The student will know the most typical applications of pneumatics and hydraulics, most important components and circuit diagrams. The student will be able to design systems based on the basics of pneumatics and hydraulics.

The student is able to choose electrical equipment for applications used in mechanical automation and understands the effects of electrical energy. S/he is able to read circuit diagrams and know how to use a multimeter. S/he also manages the electrical work that is permitted to be done oneself.

Student's Workload

Total work load of the course: 135 h
- of which scheduled studies: 70 h
- of which autonomous studies: 65 h
The assessment of student’s own learning 1 h is included in contact lessons.


Mechanisms used in mechanical engineering to cause a movement. Digital and analogue signals, number systems and A/D conversion. Sensors, mechanical and semiconductive switches and the most usual steady-state sensors, signals and selection. Hardwired controls and their components, logic conditions, basics of PLCs. Safety in mechanical automation.

The mechanics of liquids, symbols, designing circuit diagrams, components, calculations related to dimensioning of hydraulic systems, hydraulic liquids, filtering techniques and efficiency losses of hydraulic systems.

Basics of DC and AC circuits, symbols used in diagrams, electrical measurements, electric diagrams, switchgear, requirements for electrical equipment used in mechanical automation, electric machines and motors and their control, electrical safety.

Recommended or Required Reading and Other Learning Resources/Tools

- Siemens LOGO! user manual
Automaatiojärjestelmien logiikat ja ohjausjärjestelmät WSOY ISBN 978-951-0-32423-3.
- Kauranne, Kajaste, Vilenius. Hydraulitekniikan perusteet. WSOY
- Teachers lecture material
- Other material provided by the teacher.

Mode of Delivery / Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

-Programming exercises in groups for various aooplication using the equipment available in the laboratory

Assessment Criteria

5: The student is able to utilise the methods learnt during the study unit independently and is able apply the learnt knowledge in new contexts.
3: The student is able to utilise the methods learnt during the study unit independently.
1: The student is able, with guidance, to utilise the methods learnt during the study unit.

Assessment Methods

Lectures, exercises, laboratory exercises