This thesis deals with the control of the position of a ball on a plate and with guiding the ball through a maze. The program is realised with programmable logic controller.
The goal of the thesis was to present a smart and entertaining application of industrial automation components.
The very first step was to develop a simulation experiment of the control of the ball’s position on the plate. We prepared 2D design plots of the device with realistic dimensions as well as a 3D version. We designed a physical device. This includes the description of the design phases, the specifications of the mechanical components. In addition, the thesis describes an application for guiding the ball through a maze. The ball can be controlled using a joystick or automatically. The thesis also treats the control of the ball’s position on the plate using a state-space controller. An illustratory example of using inputs and outputs of the controller is also included by developing an appropriate console.