Course detail

Robots and Manipulators

FSI-FRMAcad. year: 2019/2020

Application of industrial robots and manipulators to the automated and robotized production. Basic and derived types of industrial robots, their control and programming. Drives and gearboxes in the design of industrial robots. End-effectors of industrial robots and their application in the workplaces. Exercises are focused on the practical robot demonstrations and their programming.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are provided with the latest information about new forms and applications of industrial robots and manipulators and their programming. Great emphasis is placed on practical use.


Basic knowledge of designing production machines and robots.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Buda, J.-Kováč,M.: Priemyselné roboty, ALFA, Bratislava, 1976
Kolíbal, Z.: Průmyslové roboty I. Konstrukce průmyslových robotů a manipulátorů (PRaM), skriptum VUT
Volmer, J. a kol.: Industrieroboter, VEB Verlag Technik, Berlin, 1981
Kolíbal, Z.- Kadlec,Z.: Průmyslové roboty II. Konstrukce výstupních hlavic a periferií, skriptum VUT
Chvála, B. - Matička, R. - Talácko, J.: Průmyslové roboty a manipulátory, SNTL, Praha, 1990

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. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work. According to the possibility of teaching can be organized lectures for students by practitioners and excursions to companies focused on activities related to the course content.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Graded course-unit credit is awarded on the following conditions:
1. Attendance at laboratory tutorials – 100 %.
2. Properly elaborated and approved reports of the laboratory tutorials.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to make students familiar with the basics of modern industry robotics. Students are provided with practical knowledge of a project, design, control and applications of IRaM.

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

The course-unit credit tests student’s knowledge and the ability of practical application by oral or writting. The course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having worked out and submitted an individually assigned semester project. Attendance at seminars is obligatory. Seminars contain both the theoretical lessons in the class and the practical lessons in the laboratory of IPMSaR.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

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

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Industrial robots as a part of production machines
2. Robot and manipulators generations, types of IRaM
3. System approach to robots and their action, perception and control sub-systems
4. Action subsystems, basic kinematic chain of positioning devices of IRaM
5. Basic types of industrial robots
6. Derived types of industrial robots
7. Positioning mechanism of industrial robots
8. Orientation mechanism of industrial robots
9. Design elements of robots machineware (electrical and fluid drives)
10. End effectors of IRaM
11. Peripheral devices and other equipments of robotized workcells
12. Examples of robotized workcells
13. Robots of future and Industry 4.0

Laboratory exercise

13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Jogging with KUKA robot.
2. KUKA robot programing - USER level.
3. KUKA robot programing - USER level.
4. KUKA robot programing - EXPERT level.
5. KUKA robot programing - EXPERT level.
6. Off-line robot programing.
7. Final test.


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