Course detail

Automatic Control of Machines

FSI-GASAcad. year: 2023/2024

The course familiarises students with automation and control devices for production machines. This information is useful for the design and programming of automatic production machines and manufacturing systems. The course deals with theoretical principles of automatic control, mechanical control, electrical control, numerical control, sensors and effectors.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

Students are expected to have: - basic knowledge of physics in area of electrostatics and electromagnetism, – computer literacy, - knowledge of basic principles of manufacturing systems, requirements for their functionality.

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

Course-unit credit is conditional on the following: Participation in practicals and working out of semester work.


The exam is combined. In the written part verifies the ability of the student to apply the acquired knowledge and methods and in the oral part if necessary verifies the knowledge of theoretical foundations.The evaluation of the exam may take into consideration the evaluation of exercises.

Attendance at practise lessons is obligatory and it is checked. Only substantial reasons of absence are accepted. Missed lessons can be substituted for via solution of extra exercises.


The aim of the course is to provide students with basic knowledge of HW and SW of control systems for machine tools and manufacturing systems and their practical use focusing on the use in Industry 4.0. The basic terms for this area are defined and analysed. Also discussed are the control systems and their parts as an important part of the design and development of manufacturing equipment. Students will also learn about the basics of the use of sensors in the field of control of production machines and systems.

Students will be made familiar with elements for automation of production machines and other manufacturing equipment, with methods necessary for control of production machines and manufacturing systems. They will be able to apply this knowledge to the design and development of manufacturing systems and their parts. They will gain practical experience with computer aided technologies used for the design, programming and for simulation of production machine control.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

MARTINEK, Radislav, 2004. Senzory v průmyslové praxi. Praha: BEN - technická literatura. ISBN 80-7300-114-4. (CS)
ŠMEJKAL, Ladislav. PLC a automatizace. Praha: BEN - technická literatura, 2005. ISBN 80-730-0087-3. (CS)
Beckhoff Information System [online]. Germany: Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co., 2019 [cit. 2019-09-14]. Dostupné z: (EN)
Sensors, networking and control systems - ifm electronic [online]. Praha: ifm electronic, spol. s r.o., 2019 [cit. 2019-09-14]. Dostupné z: (CS)
ČSN EN 61131-3 ed. 2 Programovatelné řídicí jednotky - Část 3: Programovací jazyky, 2013. Ed.2. Praha: Úřad pro technickou normalizaci, metrologii a státní zkušebnictví. (CS)
S7-1200 - Industry Support Siemens [online]. Munich: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft, 2019 [cit. 2019-09-14]. Dostupné z: (EN)
The TIA Portal Tutorial Center (videos) - ID- 106656707 - Industry Support Siemens. Industry Support Siemens [online]. Munich: Siemens, 2019 [cit. 2019-09-14]. Dostupné z: (EN)

Recommended reading

BOLTON, William. Instrumentation and Control Systems (Second Edition). Second Edition. Kidlington: Newnes, 2015. ISBN 978-0-08-100613-9. (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-STR-P Bachelor's

    specialization KSB , 2. year of study, summer semester, compulsory
    specialization SSZ , 3. year of study, summer semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction, subject and sources of automatic control, defining basic terms.
2.-4. Introduction to the algorithmization of programming languages according to ČSN EN 61131-3 and HMI.
5.- 7. Basics of sensor technology, their classification and characteristics.
8-10 Basics of pneumatic and hydraulic elements as actuators in machine building.
11.-13. Basics of measurement, DAQ and communications.

Laboratory exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1-2. Influence of automatic control on the manufacturing machines design, their working properties and service.
3-4. Specification of machine components for further own work.
5-10. Proposal of a control system and a control algorithm, object description for controlled and controlling systems. Realisation of a control program.
11-12. Simulation of a control process, solution verification, debugging.
13. Presentation of a solution and evaluation.