352-0556/03 – Control Systems in Engineering (ŘSvS)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Control Systems and InstrumentationCredits4
Subject guarantordoc. Ing. Miroslav Mahdal, Ph.D.Subject version guarantordoc. Ing. Miroslav Mahdal, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduateRequirementChoice-compulsory type B
Study languageEnglish
Year of introduction2015/2016Year of cancellation
Intended for the facultiesUSP, FSIntended for study typesFollow-up Master
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MAH011 doc. Ing. Miroslav Mahdal, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Graded credit 2+2
Part-time Graded credit 10+4

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

The aim of the course is to acquaint students with microprocessor technology with a focus on PLC controller, which are nowadays an integral part of engineering as production lines, machinery manufacturing, etc. Students will learn about hardware platforms and software tools for configuring and programming these systems. At the end of the semester students will be able to connect a control system to the network, configure it, to work with its peripherals, think creatively and create programs, including interaction with the superior level with visualization SCADA systems.

Teaching methods

Project work


Students acquire during their studies theoretical and practical knowledge and skills in the field of control systems used in mechanical engineering. Students will become familiar with the course of study microprocessor units, architecture of PLC, basic features and modularity, including a description and functions of the individual modules. They learn to program in the basic languages of programmable logic controllers, both in Ladder diagram, Instruction list, FBD, but also in languages of sequential processes. They also learn about the hierarchical control structure, connecting PLCs and communications with SCADA visualization systems.

Compulsory literature:

Collins, K. 2006. PLC Programming for Industrial Automation. Exposure Publishing, 120 p. ISBN: 978-1-84685-496-5. Rohner, P. 1996. Automation with Programmable Logic Controllers. UNSW Press, 226 p. ISBN: 978-0-86840-287-1. Simatic STEP 7 Basic V12.0 System Manual [online]. 2019 [cit. 2019-09-03]. Available from: https://cache.automation.siemens.com/dnl/DA/DAxMjk1NwAA_68113678_HB/STEP_7_Basic_V12_enUS_en-US.pdf. Simatic S7-1500, Getting Started [online]. 2019 [cit. 2019-09-03]. Available from: https://www.automation.siemens.com/salesmaterial-as/interactive-manuals/getting-started_simatic-s7-1500/documents/EN/software_complete_en.pdf. Getting started with S7-PLCSIM Advanced and simulation tables [online]. 2019 [cit. 2019-09-02]. Available from: https://cache.industry.siemens.com/dl/files/047/109759047/att_962042/v3/109759047_PLCSIMAdv_SimTable_DOC_V10_en.pdf.

Recommended literature:

Bolton, W. 2009. Programmable Logic Controllers. Elsevier, 416 p. ISBN: 978-1-85617-751-1.

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester

Verification of projects and readiness of students to lesson.


Other requirements

Students have to prepare project.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

1. Subject introduction, presentation of the contents of lectures and laboratory exercises for PLC Siemens Simatic S7-1500 programming. 2. Programmable controllers in technological process control - a description of the PLC, hardware configuration, circuit diagram, modularity, usage, control structure. 3. Example of the control system of the enterprise (relay, PLC, SCADA, ERP, MES), using PLC, PLCs category, distributed control systems. 4. Introduction to the TIA Portal environment, setting PLC, communication, demonstration of basic functional program. 5. Programming languages, addressing variables, logic functions, basic operations, program execution, counters, timers, arithmetic functions, transfer functions. 6. Block functions, examples of function calls, program examples. 7. PLC peripherals, analog and digital signals, AD and DA converters, principles, analog signal processing, analog modules in a feedback loop usage. 8. PLC peripherals, network configuration, digital communication protocols. 9. Connection PLC to the real device (the learning laboratory model), a description of the laboratory model, its inputs, outputs, a description of model tasks, description of connectors. 10. Sequential programming of PLC via function calls and data blocks, functional algorithms, graphical form sequential programming. 11. Sensors connecting to the PLC, a description of the measuring chain, standard input signals, signal types, their advantages and disadvantages, signal conditioning in the PLC, the software select of the input signal range of PLC. 12. PLC communication with SCADA visualization systems, description of visualization environment, hardware and software tools for communication support, drivers, OPC, DDE servers, communication protocols, industrial networks, wireless communication. 13. Familiarization with the WinCC environment and HMI touch panel TP700 Comfort, basic connectivity panel to the PLC, demonstration of visualization. 14. Recap of lectures and exercises, discussion with students, to clarification of problematic areas of teaching.

Conditions for subject completion

Full-time form (validity from: 2016/2017 Winter semester)
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Graded credit Graded credit 100 (100) 51
        Project Semestral project 40  21
        Test Written examination 60  20
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