Course detail

Mechanisation, Automation and Handling

FSI-EMMAcad. year: 2018/2019

The course provides theoretical and practical explanation of automation advances in the metalworking industry - mainly in the metal forming and machining plants. It familiarises students specializing in machining, forming and welding technology with planning of automation, designing the product with automation in mind, and the basic components of automation such as different kinds of feeder, selector, loader, unloader, transfer and transfer devices and numerous other components. These are used in the designing of automation systems in the given technologies. Also dealt with are designing and operation of flexible manufacturing systems, application of numerically controlled machines and industrial robots in production lines and different systems.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Student will acquire necessary knowledge of mechanization and automation and handling systems in engineering automation workshops and production control. They will be made familiar with the basics and principles of numerical control, industrial robots and NC and CNC machines as well.


Basic knowledge of producing mechanization, handling and basic information about machines and equipment in manufacturing technology (mainly in forming, machining and welding technologies).


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Rumíšek, P.: Technologické projekty, Brno, 1991, VUT - učební texty
CHVÁLA, Břetislav a Josef, NEDBAL. Automatizace. 1.vyd.Praha: SNTL, 1987, 603 s. 04-218-87 (CS)
RUMÍŠEK, Pavel. Automatizace výrobních procesů II: tváření. Praha: Mezinárodní organizace novinářů, 1990. ISBN 80-214-0221-0. (CS)
URBÁNEK, Jiří. Automatizace výrobních procesů: obrábění. Brno: Ediční středisko VUT, 1990. Učební texty vysokých škol (Vysoké učení technické v Brně). ISBN 80-214-0161-3. (CS)
Hlavenka,B.: Manipulace s materiálem (systémy a prostředky manipulace s materiálem), Brno,1983, VUT - učební texty
Kamelander,I.: Mechanizace a automatizace výrobních strojů, Brno 1987, VUT, učební texty
Palko, Anton a Juraj Smrček. Robotika: koncové efektory pre priemyselné a servisné roboty: navrhovanie - konštrukcia a riešenie. 1.vyd. Košice. 2004. 272 s. ISBN 80-8073-218-3 (SK)
Novák - Marcinčin, Josef. Application of virtual manufacturing in area of robotic workplaces design and operation. Univerzity of Zenica. Faculty of Mechanical Engineering. 2006. ISBN 9958617307 (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Attendance at lessons is checked. The lecture is different each week, that is why an absence may be compensated for in the same week only. Only one lecture may be missed without penalty.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The main goal of the subject is to provide students with all necessary information about the aims of handling systems and automation in the area of metal forming production, machining, casting, welding plants and other similar technological production enterprises.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The exam has three parts: the first part is written and tests basic knowledge of automation circuits, the second and third parts represent questions related to the area of industrial robots and NC or CNC machines (design, structures and principles)as well as questions concerning practical use of handling and automation systems and automation lines as well in the industrial plants.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-STG , 3. year of study, summer semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-SLE , 1. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory
    branch M-STG , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory
    branch M-STM , 1. year of study, summer semester, 5 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to the subject, classification of MAZ equipment
2. Logic, logical circuits, detecting elements and sensors
3. Numerical control systems NC-CNC-DNC-HNC
4. Systems of addaptive control (technological and measuring systems)
5. Solution of mechanization, automation and materials handling in forming technology
6. Mechanization, automation and materials handling in machining, welding, casting and cutting
metals technologies
7. Solution of mechanization and automation problems in packaging, brazing, soldering and
adhesive bonding, principles of machines
8. NC and CNC machines and its application in different technologies, principles
9. Production centres, RTK, automation production and handling lines and systems
10.Materials handling means, cranes, low- and high- lift trucks, transport and handling systems
11.Industrial robots and manipulators - principles, structure, controlling
12.Conditions for using the industrial robots at production systems, heads, robot equipment
13.Automation production systems and materials handling


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Labs and studios:
1. Automation elements - principles, function
2. Automation elements - their use, circuits
3. Equipments for mechanization and automation
4. Basic automation elements and their connection to producing machines
5. Mechanization, automation and materials handling in the area of sheet metal forming
6. Mechanization, automation and materials handling in the bulk forming and welding area
7. Mechanization, automation and materials handling in the machinning shops
8. Materials handling in storage rooms
9. Materials handling in foundry, assembly and surface finishing shops
10. Progressive solution of automation tasks
11. Automation producing systems - project (computer-aided designing)
12. Materials handling - project (computer-aided designing)
13. Projects evaluation, course-unit credits