Process Control and System Automation


In many sectors of mechanical engineering complex systems with multiple inputs and outputs are to be automized. Programmable logic controllers and process control systems facilitate automatic control as well as process visualization and documentation in a very comfortable way, so that the designer is enabled to focus on the control development. In this course based on control engineering or comparable courses some principles and instrument engineering are explained.



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In the “model factory for teaching and research” of the IRT the students have the chance to gain practical experience with modern automation technology within the scope of the laboratory exercise. Due to the proximity of the laboratory the lecture topics can be complemented by concrete examples anytime.




Information on L2P Course Rooms

Registration for the L2P course rooms is usually performed by the students themselves, starting from the lecture site in the campus system. If you have trouble registering or you need a late registration, please contact your respective advisor.


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  • Definitions, structures and forms of representation in process and control technology
  • Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams, called P&I Diagrams
  • Structures for process control
  • Design of process control systems
  • Distributed automation
  • Industrial communication via field bus systems
  • Field components:
    - Sensors
    - Actuators
  • Devices for process control and monitoring:
    - Single controller
    - Programmable logic controllers
    - Process control systems
  • Basic concepts of PLC programming
  • Programming according to IEC 61131-5
  • Fundamentals in programming of process control systems using the example of PCS7 and WinCC
  • Process automation with industrial robots:
    - Types of robots
    - Application area
    - Programming
  • Laboratory exercises in the model factory of IRT:

    - Programmable logic controllers
    - Process control systems
    - Industrial robots



The course is offered during the summer semester. The dates are available in the course catalog in Campus.

A registration via Campus Office is required to participate in the course. The number of participants is limited due to the limited space in the model factory of IRT.

All lecture and exercise documents are available in L2P.



The examination of the course is an oral examination of about 15 minutes. Each student is examined individually. The dates of the oral examination are first announced in the lecture and afterwards in L2P, too.