Industrial Automation and Control

By Prof. Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 4634
This course provides an overall exposure to the technology of Industrial Automation and Control as widely seen in factories of all types both for discrete and continuous manufacturing. The course, in 52 lectures, discusses a wide range of related topics from the advantage and architecture of automation systems, measurement systems including sensors and signal conditioning, discrete and continuous variable control systems, hydraulic, pneumatic and electric actuators, industrial communication and embedded computing and CNC Machines. A student of IIT Kharagpur once commented - “ because of the course I can identify and relate to much of the equipment that I see in a factory”.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any interested student
PREREQUISITES : Electrical Networks, Control Systems
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : All Process Control (Oil and Gas, Chemical), Manufacturing (Machine tools, Textile) etc.
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Processes and Technology
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Module I
1 Introduction
2 Introduction(Cont.)
3 Architecture of Industrial Automation Systems
4 Architecture of Industrial Automation Systems(Cont.)
Module II
5 Measurement Systems Characteristics
6 Measurement Systems Characteristics(Cont.)
7 Data Acquisition Systems
8 Data Acquisition Systems(Cont.)
Module III
9 Introduction to Automatic Control
10 Introduction to Automatic Control(Cont.)
11 P-I-D Control
12 P-I-D Control(Cont.)
13 PID Control Tuning
14 PID Control Tuning(Cont.)
15 Feedforward Control Ratio Control
16 Feedforward Control Ratio Control(Cont.)
17 Time Delay Systems and Inverse Response Systems
18 Time Delay Systems and Inverse Response Systems(Cont.)
19 Special Control Structures
20 Special Control Structures(Cont.)
21 Concluding Lesson on Process Control (Self-study)
22 Introduction to Sequence Control, PLC , RLL
23 Introduction to Sequence Control, PLC , RLL(Cont.)
24 Sequence Control. Scan Cycle, Simple RLL Programs
25 Sequence Control. Scan Cycle, Simple RLL Programs(Cont.)
26 Sequence Control. More RLL Elements, RLL Syntax
27 Sequence Control. More RLL Elements, RLL Syntax(Cont.)
28 A Structured Design Approach to Sequence Control
29 A Structured Design Approach to Sequence Control(Cont.)
30 PLC Hardware Environment
31 PLC Hardware Environment(Cont.)
Module IV
32 Flow Control Valves
33 Flow Control Valves(Cont.)
34 Hydraulic Control Systems - I
35 Hydraulic Control Systems - I(Cont.)
36 Hydraulic Control Systems - II
37 Hydraulic Control Systems - II(Cont.)
38 Industrial Hydraulic Circuit
39 Industrial Hydraulic Circuit(Cont.)
40 Pneumatic Control Systems - I
41 Pneumatic Control Systems - I(Cont.)
42 Pneumatic Systems - II
43 Pneumatic Systems - II(Cont.)
44 Energy Savings with Variable Speed Drives
45 Energy Savings with Variable Speed Drives(Cont.)
46 Introduction To CNC Machines
47 Introduction To CNC Machines(Cont.)
Module V
48 The Fieldbus Network - I
49 The Fieldbus Network - I(Cont.)
50 Higher Level Automation Systems
51 Higher Level Automation Systems(Cont.)
52 Course Review and Conclusion (Self-study)

Books and references

1. Industrial Instrumentation, Control and Automation, S. Mukhopadhyay, S. Sen and A. K. Deb, Jaico Publishing House, 2013
2. Chemical Process Control, An Introduction to Theory and Practice, George Stephanopoulos, Prentice Hall India, 2012
3. Electric Motor Drives, Modelling, Analysis and Control, R. Krishnan, Prentice Hall India, 2002
4. Hydraulic Control Systems, Herbert E. Merritt, Wiley, 1991

Instructor bio

Prof. Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Siddhartha Mukhopadhyay has done is B. Tech, M. Tech and Ph. D., all from IIT Kharagpur in 1985, 1987 and 1991 respectively. In 1990 he joined the Electrical Engineering Department of IIT Kharagpur. He is currently a Professor in the Department. He has co-authored about 200 research papers, two books and two video courses. He has about 20 years experience of working with organisations like National Semiconductors, Texas Instruments, General Motors, Indian Railways, SAIL, DRDO, GE R&D and several others. Apart from his research interests he is interested in pedagogy and innovation. 

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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