Practical Remote Engineering, Mechatronics and Robotics for Engineers and Technicians

THE WORKSHOP

Today’s markets are extremely competitive and engineers are continuously engaged in a struggle to produce complex systems with a high level of reliability and performance, yet at a relatively low price. Much of this demand is brought about by the rapidly-evolving microprocessor technology. In order to survive in this highly-competitive environment, developers have to integrate several technologies.

Mechatronics is the answer to this dilemma. It is an interdisciplinary field of engineering and integrates several technologies such as mechanical subsystems, sensors, actuators, instrumentation subsystems, computers, microcontrollers, PLCs and software.  It therefore provides the basis for the integration process, right from the earliest stages of the design process.

Mechatronics is the key to modern video and CD disk drives, camcorders, avionics, aircraft fly-by-wire, computerised fuel injection for motor vehicles, anti-lock braking systems, and smart weapons such as military drones used for aerial reconnaissance purposes. In the process automation field, mechatronics systems are also found in diverse applications such as smart conveyer lines and assembly-line robots.

As with Ethernet networking and wireless (Wi-Fi), the integration of technologies in engineering applications as embodied in mechatronics is upon us, and is here to stay. It is, furthermore, evolving at an exponential rate that will, in a decade from now, probably make some of today’s technologies look like museum artefacts. This makes it almost mandatory for everyone in the engineering world to become familiar with the underlying principles and technologies embodied in mechatronics.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Anyone who wants to gain solid knowledge of the key elements of mechatronics to improve their work skills and to further their job prospects:

  • Asset management engineers
  • Automation engineers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Consulting engineers
  • Data logging engineers
  • Design engineers
  • Electrical engineers, technologists and technicians
  • Electricians
  • Electronic engineers
  • Electro mechanical engineers
  • Energy management consultants
  • Instrument and process control technicians
  • Instrument fitters and instrumentation engineers
  • Maintenance engineers and supervisors
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Plant engineers
  • Process engineers
  • Process monitoring and plant systems engineers
  • Production managers
  • Project engineer and managers
  • Software engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Technologists
    Even those who are highly experienced in industrial automation may find it useful to attend some of the topics to gain know-how in a very concentrated but practical format.

CONTENT SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

  • What is mechatronics?
  • Sub-disciplines within mechatronics

MACHINE DYNAMICS

  • Basic principles of dynamics
  • Kinematics
  • Rigid body dynamics
  • Robotics and multi-body dynamics

PNEUMATICS

  • Pneumatics fundamentals
  • Pneumatic circuit design

HYDRAULICS

  • Hydraulics fundamentals
  • Hydraulic actuators
  • Hydraulic control
  • Auxiliaries

BASIC ELECTRO-TECHNOLOGY

  • Basic electricity
  • Resistors, capacitors and inductors
  • Alternating Current (AC) and impedance
  • Power and signals
  • Filters and noise

POWER DISTRIBUTION

  • Switchgear, transformers and power factor correction
  • On-site distribution and grounding
  • Switching, measuring and protection
  • Power management and renewable energy

ELECTRIC ACTUATORS

  • DC motor control and interfacing
  • Stepper motor control and interfacing
  • 3-phase motor control and interfacing
  • Piezo and ultrasonic actuators
  • Electromechanical actuators

ANALOG ELECTRONICS

  • Diodes, transistors, thyristors and triacs
  • Op-amps and their applications
  • Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion

DIGITAL SYSTEMS

  • Basics of boolean algebra
  • Logic functions and gates
  • Combinational logic
  • Flip-flops, timers and related circuits

MACHINE VISION

  • Digital image processing basics
  • Machine vision system components
  • Lighting
  • Cameras and sensors
  • Image processing

CLOSED LOOP CONTROL

  • Classical control theory
  • Control strategies
  • Digital control
  • Intelligent control

PROGRAMMING

  • Programming concepts
  • BASIC programming

PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC CONTROLLERS (PLCs)

  • PLC hardware
  • Fundamentals of PLC programming
  • Simulation, testing and HMI
  • Specification, design and commissioning

MICROCONTROLLERS

  • Microcontroller hardware
  • Overview of microcontroller operation
  • Microcontroller instruction set
  • Assembly language programming

SENSORS

  • Sensor types and specifications
  • Signal conditioning for sensors
  • Interfacing sensors to microprocessors
  • Sensors for mechatronics applications

COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS

  • Serial communications
  • Ethernet and TCP/IP
  • Field buses

ROBOTIC ARM CONTROL

  • Robot arm concepts and terminology
  • Forward and inverse kinematics for robot arms
  • Force and motion
  • Sensing and vision

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