CIMEL-116: Integration of PLCs and Robots

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Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Integration of PLCs and Robots
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
23.50 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
23.50 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
CIMEL-115 or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

Introduces concepts associated with integrating robotic applications in a PLC-controlled, automated system. Includes discussion of the standard safety and interface signals associated with integrated systems, as well as various types of robotic applications along with the interface signals typically associated with each application. Stresses the programming concepts that support optimizing cycle time.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

To provide students the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Integration of PLCs and Robotics, utilizing digital learning materials and hands-on labs.

Core Course Topics
  1. Systems integration and control architecture and their relationships to safety
  2. Common interface signals between PLC & robot
  3. Robot Interfacing signals association with material handling and spot welding systems
  4. Vision applications
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: 1. List several methods of interlocking safety signals between and PLC and robot controller. 2. Identify common interface signals regarding the selection of robot program number and initiation from the PLC.* 3. List the expected interface signals between the robot and the weld controller. 4. Distinguish between and vision inspection and vision guidance and identify their characteristics when given three vision applications, .

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

• Pre and Post exams
• Completion of all assigned labs to be evaluated by using standard Rubrics (see Division).


See Division for required texts/materials.

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Successful completion of current Post Assessment (85%) and instructor assessment of lab activities.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date