Module 6

Power and Automation


This course studies the sources and transmission of power in the mill; pneumatic and mechanical conveying; instrumentation used for measurement in the mill; the programmable logic controller; process control systems in the milling industry.

Students will gain valuable knowledge of the principles governing electric motors and will be able to explain the importance of efficient use of energy within the mill.

Topics Covered

  • Evolution and Automation
  • Utilities
  • Transmission of Power
  • Use and Application of Air
  • Pneumatic Conveying
  • Measurement
  • The Programmable Logic Controller
  • Process Control Systems


The date for examination on this module is Wednesday 15 May 2019 and will accord with the test specification below and also set out in the course workbook.

Duration: 2 1/2 hours, 7 questions

Test Specification

Automation;  Utilities 1 question
Transmission of power; Use of air; Pneumatic conveying 3 questions
Measurement 1 question
PLCs and Process control systems 2 questions

Past Papers