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Understanding Fabrication and Sensors in Automated Systems

Learn about the sensors and fabrication methods used for electro-mechanical components with this free online course.

Publisher: NPTEL
Are you aware of the factors considered in the selection of various components of an automated system? This course aims at addressing the process of fabricating parts of an automated system that provide energy to achieve the desired task or goal. Start learning the importance of sensors in a typical automated manufacturing system to make the products intellectual and exceptionally automatic by taking this course now.
Understanding Fabrication and Sensors in Automated Systems
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    5-6 Hours
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Automated Manufacturing refers to the use of equipment to automate systems or production processes. The end goal is to drive greater efficiency by either enhancing production capacity or reducing costs. The prime focus of this course relies on two important topics: ‘Fabrication and Sensors in Industrial Automation’. It begins by illustrating the various components of a fully-fledged automated system. You will discover the prime factors considered in the selection process of the components. Next, you will be taught about the process of utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) in the drafting of mechanical components. This will include the process of creating a technical drawing using both 2D and 3D, to order to design, assess and document mechanical components. Following this, you will study the technologies used to generate three-dimensional, solid objects under computer control. You will explore key fabrication processes like laser cutting technology, machinery for stamping, handling, fitting, and painting of steel modules and components.

Next, the course highlights the significance of sensors in a typical automated system for manufacturing. The principle operations, constructional details, and the important applications of various sensors used in the automated industry are explained. You will discover the role of a sensor in a control and automation system in detecting and measuring physical effects by providing information to the control system. Following this, you will be taught about the importance of employing proximity sensors in automated manufacturing systems (AMS). You will explore how these sensors employ sound waves to detect objects by creating an electromagnetic field around itself or on a sensing surface. Further, the types, applications, and specificity of using various proximity sensors are also discussed. Subsequently, you will be taught about the role of transducers in automated systems. You will discover how these transducers are employed at the boundaries of automation, measurement, and control systems to convert electrical signals to and from other physical quantities.

Finally, the course explains the process of measuring fluid flow and pressure using sensors and transducers. You will explore the integration of strain gauges with the diaphragm in ascertaining the fluid pressure. Following this, you will be taught about the procedure for using a flow meter to measure the linear, nonlinear, mass, or volumetric flow rate of a liquid or a gas. In addition to this, you will discover how flow measurement becomes a major component in the overall economic success or failure of any given manufacturing process. Lastly, you will study the process of computing information based on the attributes of real-world environmental interaction. The different types of tactile sensors including piezoresistive, piezoelectric, capacitive, and elastoresistive sensors are described. ‘Understanding Fabrication and Sensors in Automated Systems’ is an informative course that dwells on the idea to use raw materials and computer data to create real, solid objects. Learn the techniques and principles of making the products intellectual and exceptionally automatic with this course.

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