Applied Principles of Smart Sensors Badge Details


This comprehensive course guides students through detailed project-oriented learning activities. Starting with the basics of each sensor, students perform practical exercises in a simplified work environment, allowing them to focus on smart sensors. Students can also connect these sensors to a PLC over PROFINET®, Ethernet/IP™ or Modbus®, just like in industry. Once the fundamentals are mastered, more complex I4.0 learning systems such as MPS, CP Lab, or CP Factory, offer further training opportunities: the wide variety of sensors integrated into these systems allows students to put their knowledge into practice and deepen their understanding of the role of sensors within a complete manufacturing system.


  • Gain an understand of what Industry 4.0 is, and how smart sensors are an important part of implementing Industry 4.0.
  • Be familiar with the main differences between smart sensors and regular sensors, and what advantages they offer over regular sensors.
  • Gain an understand of the principles of operation of the most common sensor types: inductive proximity sensors, photoelectric sensors, ultrasonic sensors, process sensors, RFID read/write devices, and barcode readers.
  • Be familiar with the communication protocols used to communicate with smart sensors, such as IO-Link and Profinet.


Industry 4.0   Data   Barcodes   IO-Link   Profinet