Course Description

As an introduction to mechatronics, this workshop aims to relay foundational information about Industry 4.0 and help to establish a base upon which more detailed information regarding the topic can be layered. The class will introduce the various industrial revolutions and how Industry 4.0, the internet of things,
smart factories, and cyber-physical systems are a disruption to the manufacturing industry and discusses the impact and implications that these advancements introduce. In addition, this workshop will introduce you to various sensors common in the industrial automation field. Hands-on experience plays a central role in teaching the fundamentals of sensors. Examples provided to demonstrate the general operational principles of different sensors. Special attention is paid to the selection of the right sensor, its connection, the correct setting and functional checking.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Industry 4.0
  2. Digitization of our lives
  3. Terms and concepts
  4. The foundations of Industry 4.0
  5. Implications, benefits, and value
  6. The integration behind Industry 4.0
  7. Case studies in Industry 4.0
  8. Configuration, function and coefficients of the sensors used
  9. Basic principles of connection and circuit technology
  10. Influence of shape, material, surface and color of the object on the switching characteristics of sensors
  11. Terms which describe coefficients and functional behavior
  12. Configuration of logic circuits
  13. Selecting appropriate sensors by taking into account certain parameters

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop participants will:
  • Explain what Industry 4.0 is
  • Discuss how these changes impact the industry, current and future employees, and other members of the manufacturing value chain
  • Give examples of the benefits and value of Industry 4.0
  • Explain the ‘interconnected world’
  • Define important terms, theories, and ideas behind Industry 4.0
  • Understand and explain fundamentals of sensor technology
  • Recognize sensor functionality and select the appropriate sensor for various industrial applications
  • Interpret the language, symbols, and protocols commonly used in the sensor field
  • Explain how the various types of sensors work and function
  • Make electrical connections and test the sensor for proper operation
  • Troubleshoot, repair/replace a faulty sensor


Materials Required:
Handouts provided by instructor. 


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