Course detail

Mechanisation and Automation

FSI-EMMAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject provides theoretical and practical explanation of automation elements in the metalworking industry, mainly in the metal forming, machining and welding. It is explained students specializing in the planning of automation equipment, designing the product with automationand the basic components of automation such as different kinds of feeder, selector, loader, unloader and transfer components. These are used in the designing of automation systems in the given technologies. The subject deals with also designing and operation of flexible manufacturing systems, theory of machines and industrial robots including their construction and production lines.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will acquire necessary knowledge of mechanization and automation and handling systems in engineering automation workshops and production control. They will be received the basics and principles of numerical control, industrial robots and NC and CNC machines as well. The obtained knowledge will be applied in the field of the processing all types technological production designs.


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.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The subject is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical substance 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. In the case of more missed exercises and the impossibility of replacing the exercise, the substitute protocols and computational work will be assigned.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The subject provides students with all necessary knowledge about handling systems and automation in the area of metal forming production, machining, casting, welding and other technological production with the higher level of automation.

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

The exam has the written and the oral which tests basic knowledge of automation circuits and represents questions related to the area of industrial robots and NC or CNC machines (design, structures and principles). It includes also questions for practical use of handling and automation systems and automation lines as well in the industrial production.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

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)
BLACK, J.: The Design of the Factory with a future, Mecgraw-Hill, ISBN 978-007005506 (EN)

Recommended reading

Rumíšek, P.: Technologické projekty, Brno, 1991, VUT - učební texty
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)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B3S-P Bachelor's

    branch B-STG , 3. year of study, summer semester, 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. Solution of mechanization, automation and materials handling in forming technology, machining, welding, casting and cutting metals technologies
5. Solution of mechanization and automation problems in packaging, brazing, soldering and adhesive bonding, principles of machines
6. NC and CNC machines and its application in different technologies, principles
7. Production centres, RTK, automation production and handling lines and systems
8. Materials handling - means, cranes, lift trucks, transport and handling systems
9. Manipulation systems in operations and storage
10.Manipulation systems in production
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


1. Automation elements - principles of activity
2. Automation elements - use, circuits
3. Equipments for mechanization and automation
4. Basic automation and manipulation 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 forming and welding area
7. Mechanization, automation and materials handling in the machining operations
8. Materials handling in storages and storage systems
9. Materials handling in foundry, assembly and surface finishing operations
10. Progressive solution of automation production
11.Processing the proposal of automation producing systems
12. Processing the materials handling
13. Projects evaluation, subject-unit credit