The digitalization and automation unit provides an overview of general ICT skills, and various aspects of automation and robotics. The modue is divided into four teaching units: automation, ICT, robotics and electives.
In the automation unit, the students familiarize themselves with automated systems. The unit consists of the following topics: introduction to automation, effective cooperation with automation specialists, manual controlling of machines and processes, programmable logic controllers (PLC) – Hardware and Software, vegan food process sensoring and thermal processing control. The students will be able to differentiate between various automation systems and identify the components used in them. They will understand how automation systems work. An understanding about the structure, function and connections of relays and PLC drivers and the more common types of sensors and actuators will occur. The students will learn the idea behind the logic needed in automation technology.
In the ICT unit, the students become familiar with information technology systems. The unit covers several topics: industry 4.0, ICT and production function (data analysis using BI and Excel). The unit provides
information on the digital transformation facing the vegan food industry. The
students can use the current software, different online services and online
learning environment. The students are also able to apply basic information
technology skills in new hardware and software environments.
The Robotics unit provides fundamental knowledge of robotics, which allows the students to become familiar with robotic systems. The unit covers several topics: introduction to robotic systems, industrial manipulator robots, related programming languages and techniques and collaborative robotics systems. The students will learn about various types of robots and how to use them in factory automation and other areas where robots are needed. They will know the structure, features and coordinate systems of robots as well as the periphery devices used in robotics. The students will be competent in handling and programming industrial robots on- and offline. The aim is also to provide the students an ability to design and select equipment for the automatic handling of products.