TIA555 - Totally Integrated Automation

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Subject Title
Totally Integrated Automation

Subject Description

This course covers the advanced automation topics and PC based controls.


The first part of the course covers advanced PLC functions and communication networks. Basics of various controls communications networks are also described. The course includes practical exercises setting up PLC to HMI communications. It also covers troubleshooting techniques and practical exercises debugging and modifying existing PLC programs in industrial environment. The course describes procedures and parameters of setting up drives and motors. By understanding the interaction of the complete control system, students will learn and apply troubleshooting strategies to identify, localize and (where possible) correct malfunctions. In the second part of the course, focus is on PC based control systems. The course also covers basics of IEC 6131-3 programming standard.


This course is a requirement for the Siemens Mechatronics Level II Certification. 

Credit Status
One subject credit in Electronics Engineering Technology program. (EET)

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1.  Setup PLC to HMI communications
2.  Understand system diagnostic messaging
3.  Be able to program HMI screens
4.  Troubleshoot existing PLC program
5.  Setup parameters for drives and motors
6.  Control a motor from PLC
7.  Understand basics of IEC
8.  Control sequence of operation using PC based control
9.  Build simple HMI application using PC based software

Essential Employability Skills
Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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