Introduction to Automation


Automation has been pivotal in expanding the capabilities of a wide variety of industries, including IT, manufacturing, software, etc. The future of automation looks even more different, with the Internet of Things (IoT), the growth of intelligent robots, the advancement of software automation, data and analytics, and cybersecurity implications. This course helps professionals build expertise in the latest automation trends and what the future looks like. This knowledge can help you better market yourself to current or future employers.

Introduction to Automation provides a comprehensive overview of the technical areas of automation from both a systems and security perspective. It includes examples of best practices in automation design and aids in developing a student's comfort using the vocabulary of automation systems and security.



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Course Schedules

Spring 2018 Course


Dates: Thursdays, January 18 to March 1, 2018
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Location: Villanova University

This is the first of several automation courses that will be offered by CPS.


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Course Topics by Week

Week 1: How automation enables advanced manufacturing

An excellent introduction to the systems, processes, applications, and standards supporting the design and application of automation for advanced manufacturing.

Week 2: Manufacturing operations management (MOM)

The concepts behind Manufacturing Operations Management and how it relates to other concepts such as Product Lifecycle Management and Manufacturing Execution Systems.

Week 3: Manufacturing execution systems (MES)

The concepts behind Manufacturing Execution Systems as well as understanding how companies decide what systems should be governed by either the control domain (which includes automation systems, equipment, and sensors) or the enterprise domain.

Week 4: Introduction to cybersecurity and architectures

You will gain insights into the function of cybersecurity in operational technology including the differences between IT and OT architectures, the operation of these architectures, and current cyber security threats and remediation methodologies.

Week 5: Networks and operating systems

The concepts of networks, separation of OT and IT network components, zones, conduits, security levels, operating systems, and patch management.

Week 6: Network configuration principles

The benefits of cable and wireless networks, network component configuration, network diagnostics, and network management.

Week 7: Introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT)

The three essential components for IoT: physical (hardware and electrical), smart (sensors, microprocessors, and analytics) and connectivity (ports and antennae).