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ES372 - Automation and Robotics

  • Module code: ES372
  • Module name: Automation and Robotics
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module provides an understanding of the principles of operation of automated equipment with particular reference to industrial robots. It focuses on the knowledge needed to select and use such equipment effectively and safely. However, some design aspects will be presented. There is an emphasis on the use of sensors to make robots behave "intelligently".

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to: • Appraise the impact of automation, both economic and social, on modern industry and future applications in industry • Contrast the benefits and disadvantages of automating a task. • Evaluate the different mechanical configurations available for a modern industrial robot and argue if a task is appropriate for that configuration. • Program an industrial robot off-line using kinematic simulation software to perform a specified task. • Locate the sources of positional error and calculate the possible positional error in an application. • Analyse safety hazards and formulate a safety system for a given automation application. • Select appropriate sensors for a given automation application. • Apply machine vision to a given application and set up a machine vision system. • Analyse complex robot kinematic theory and devise kinematic calculations for a given case study.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 25 x 1hr = 25 hours Surgeries in computer rooms to assist laboratory preparation = 12 hours Revision class 1 x 1hr = 1 hours Laboratory = 2.5 hours (up to 1 hour robot programming lab, 1.5 hours machine vision programming) Total contact hours = 40.5 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year3/es372

Other essential notes

Advice and feedback hours are available for answering questions on the lecture material (theory and examples) and past examination questions. Students must pass both exam and assessments

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES372-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Robot Programming Perception Laboratory on-line test 10%
  Robot Programming Laboratory Performance 5%
  Machine Vision Laboratory Performance 10%
  Machine Vision Laboratory Performance 5%
  2 hour examination (Summer) 70%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BEng Automotive Engineering (H330) - Year 3
  • MEng Automotive Engineering (H331) - Year 3
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Year in Research (H333) - Year 3
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Year in Research (H333) - Year 4
  • BEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H339) - Year 4
  • BEng Systems Engineering (HH36) - Year 3
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH37) - Year 3
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (HH39) - Year 3
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (HH39) - Year 4
  • MEng Systems Engineering (HH63) - Year 3
  • MEng Systems Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH64) - Year 3
  • MEng Systems Engineering with Year in Research (HH65) - Year 3
  • MEng Systems Engineering with Year in Research (HH65) - Year 4
  • BEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering (HH73) - Year 3
  • BEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH7A) - Year 4
Optional Core
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H332) - Year 3
  • MEng Automotive Engineering with Intercalated Year (H332) - Year 4
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH38) - Year 3
  • MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (HH38) - Year 4
Optional
  • BEng Engineering (H106) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 4
  • BSc Engineering (H112) - Year 3
  • BEng Engineering Business Management (HN12) - Year 3
  • BEng Engineering Business Management with Intercalated Year (HN17) - Year 4