Course Communication Systems in Manufacturing Industries

Responsible: Prof. Dr. Rainer Bartz


Meets requirements of following modules(MID)

Course Organization

created 2013-06-20
valid from WS 2012/13
valid to
Course identifiers
Long name Communication Systems in Manufacturing Industries
CEID (exam identifier)

Contact hours per week (SWS)
Lecture 2
Exercise (unsplit)
Exercise (split) 1
Lab 1
Total contact hours
Lecture 30
Exercise (unsplit)
Exercise (split) 15
Lab 15
Tutorial (voluntary)
Max. capacity
Exercise (unsplit)
Exercise (split) 30
Lab 8-12

Total effort (hours): 150

Instruction language

  • German, 95%
  • English, 5%

Study Level

  • Undergraduate


  • basic programming skills, incl.: for, while, if, switch
  • data types in programming languages

Textbooks, Recommended Reading

  • eigenes Skript
  • Schnell, G.: Bussysteme in der Automatisierungstechnik, Vieweg
  • Zimmermann, W.; Schmidgall, R.: Bussysteme in der Fahrzeugtechnik, Vieweg


  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Bartz

Supporting Scientific Staff

  • tba

Transcipt Entry

Communication Systems in Manufacturing Industries


wE written exam

Total effort [hours]
wE 10

Frequency: 2/year

Course components



  • communication basics: ISO/OSI reference model, channel coding, media access
  • aspects of the physical layer of Interbus-S and Profibus
  • summation frame protocol of Interbus-S
  • error detection mechanism of Interbus-S
  • services and protocols of Interbus-S data link layer
  • master/slave concept of Profibus
  • token-procedure for multiple-master networks with Profibus
  • service groups, services, and PDUs of Profibus data link layer
  • the Virtual Field Device (VFD) concept
  • object directory and list of communication relations in industrial communication systems
  • components of an application layer, discussed for Interbus-S (PMS)
  • data types; capabilities of object directory and communication relation list in PMS
  • the access control concept of PMS
  • services and PDUs of PMS

Acquired Skills
  • students acquire fundamental knowledge on industrial communication systems for the manufacturing industry
  • they understand widely used communication standards (incl. state charts, sequence diagrams,...)
  • they can analyze physical layer mechanisms of Interbus-S and Profibus (incl. channel codes and electrical characteristics)
  • they are familiar with the relevant data link layer functionality of Interbus-S and Profibus (incl. media access and error detection)
  • they can classify communication components, comprehend their behavior, and can discuss benefits and drawbacks of such standards
  • they know about the virtual field device concept and how to set up industrial communication networks

Operational Competences
  • students are able to analyse protocols of Interbus-S and Profibus and extract the information therein
  • they can generate protocol-compliant data streams to transport specified user information

Additional Component Assessment

fPS supervised/assisted problem solving

Contribution to course grade
fPS not rated

Frequency: 1/year



  • microcontroller platform for fieldbus implementation
  • development tools for embedded systems
  • programming in C language for systems without OS
  • performing CAN communication from a microcontroller program
  • microcontroller architecture and register model; programmed interaction

Acquired Skills
  • students can develop programs for an embedded system
  • they know how to use a development toolchain to test, analyze, and debug their code
  • they have experience in using CAN register-based communication interfaces to send and receive information
  • they can determine relevant communication parameters and configure a system accordingly

Operational Competences
  • students can use embedded systems to implement industrial communication
  • they are able to implement software to send information over a communication channel
  • they are able to implement software to receive information over a communication channel
  • they can develop protocol specifications with other teams to allow seamless information exchange

Additional Component Assessment

fTP supervised team project

Contribution to course grade
fTP prerequisite for course exam

Frequency: 1/year

Topic-Revision: r3 - 11 Jan 2016, GeneratedContent
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