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Industrial Building Facilities Automation

Course type: Specialty
Weekly teaching hours: 5 (2I + 1AP + 2L)
Credits: 5
Typical Semester: 7
Level of course: Elective
Prerequisites: no

Target / course objectives: The main objective of this course is to familiarize students with the theoretical background (early) and technologies (in) automation, focusing on applications in industrial plants and buildings.

Upon successful completion of the course the students are able:

a) to distinguish open and closed loop systems

b) to recognize and capture the flow of information in the form of block diagram

c) to calculate the response of simple dynamic systems, time domain and frequency

d) to assess approximately the dynamics of natural systems

(E) to devise individual modules interface designs for the synthesis of control systems

(F) to identify and evaluate technical tools which are used in automation applications

(G) to develop simple applications of combinatorial and sequential applications

(H) to design and plan automation applications using micro-controllers and programmable logic controllers (PLC)

Course description:

Theoretical part

  1. Basic automation concepts: signals and systems, block diagrams, closed and open loop systems and continuous-time control systems and control discrete time
  2. Simple analysis of dynamical systems: linear dynamic systems 1st and 2nd class, integration / response in the time domain, frequency domain response
  3. Constituent units and composition of various automation technologies: sensors (sensors), action organs (actuators), architecture and interface (interfacing)
  4. Automation distinct situations: automatic combinatorial, sequential automation, visualization of logic contacts with charts and diagrams statements
  5. Specification sequential automation systems: organization of the automation system, input-output tables, connecting peripherals and programming data
  6. Modern automation – Programmable logic controllers (PLC): structure and function of PLC, basic principles of programming, PLC implementation process in simple systems.

Recommended reading:

1) F. Koumpoulis. “Industrial Control”, New Technologies Publications, 1999, ISBN 960-7981-08-1, (“Eudoxus” 3745)

2). C. Chamilothoris. “Introduction to Automation Applications” (notes)


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