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FPWR 3050 - Mechatronic Control of Pneumatic Systems

Fluid Power Part-time Studies Course

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Course Details

Introduces electronic sensors and controllers for industrial pneumatic systems. Typical proximity sensors and programmable logic controllers (PLC) are used to control and automate pneumatic circuits with electro-pneumatic and servo/proportional pneumatic valves. Examples of applications are examined and control circuits are developed, constructed and commissioned in practical exercises.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the safety considerations for typical automated industrial pneumatic systems.
  • Describe typical electronic sensors that are used in industrial pneumatic systems.
  • Select an appropriate controller for pneumatic systems by considering pneumatic only, hard-wired electrical, and electronic programmable methods.
  • Describe basic operation of a PLC and its uses in industrial control of machines and processes.
  • Program a PLC to control industrial pneumatic systems using sequencing, timers, and counters.
  • Describe the operating principles of pneumatic servo/proportional valves.
  • Develop, test, and troubleshoot selected pneumatic circuits with PLCs, solenoid valves, and servo/proportional valves.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2013

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