Control Technology


Domain of fundamental technologies in the areas of Control and Automation

Ability to design automation and supervision systems for industrial installations

Preparation of technical reports

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luís Filipe Figueira Brito Palma


Weekly - 4

Total - 56

Teaching language



Preferably students should attend the Control Theory and Computer Control subjects, or equivalent.


  • L. Brito Palma (2019), "Tecnologias de Controlo e Automação Industrial", Universidade Nova de Lisboa - FCT – DEEC.
  • J. Norberto Pires (2012), "Automação Industrial", Edições ETEP - Portugal.
  • E. Mandado Pérez, J. Acevedo, C. Silva, J. Quiroga (2009), "Autómatas Programables Y Sistemas de Automatización", Ediciones Técnicas Marcombo - Spain.
  • J. Caldas Pinto (2004), "Técnicas de Automação", Edições ETEP - Portugal.
  • A. Francisco (2003), "Autómatos Programáveis", Edições ETEP – Portugal.
  • J. Matias, L. Leote (1993), "Automatismos Industriais – Comando e Regulação", Didáctica Editora - Portugal.

Teaching method

Lectures: presentation of concepts, techniques and methodologies of analysis, discussion of case studies.
Practical classes: performing automation projects involving the components of the specification, solution development and implementation.

Evaluation method

During the semester are developed 3 projects (P1, P2 and P3) . The assessment for each project focuses on a report, individual assessement and student contribution for the project.

The final grade is obtained by the expression:

Final grade = 0.3 * P1 + 0.3 * P2 + 0.4 * P3.

Attention: Required minimum attendance of 67% in practical classes. Minimum of 9.5 values ​​in each of the evaluation components.

Subject matter

1. Introduction to the course unit. Dynamic systems, sensors and actuators.
Specifications and design of automation and control systems.
2. Digital Systems. Boolean Algebra. Finite automata. Grafcet and Gemma.
Wired logic and programmed logic.
3. Pneumatic control technology.
4. Electromagnetic control technology. Electropneumatic control technology.
5. Programmable logic controllers (PLC): hardware and software. The five programming languages ​according to the standard IEC 61131-3. The "Ladder" (LD) language .
6. The "Instruction List" (IL) language.
7. The Sequential Function Chart (SFC) language. The "Function Block Diagram" (FBD) language.
8. The "Structured Text" (ST) language.
9. Implementation of PID controllers using the ST language.
10. Speed control of DC and AC electric machines. Speed variators.
11. Industrial network communication protocols: Modbus, CanOpen, Ethernet TCP-IP, Profinet, etc.
SCADA supervision systems.


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