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What is Mechatronics? NC State University-UNC Asheville

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Nicholas Sapp's comment, February 24, 2014 6:12 PM
Mechatronics is an emerging field of engineering that integrates electrical, mechanical, computer, and control engineering, science, and information technology. Basicly, mechatronics combines these areas of engineering to allow for the design, development and application of "Mechatronic devices" in an integrated, cross-disciplinary manner. The mechatronics concept establishes principles basic for a contemporary engineering design methodology.
Nicholas Sapp's comment, February 24, 2014 6:17 PM
In mechatronics methodology, engineering processes and products have components that require manipulation and control of operating constructions to the required high degree of accuracy. Also, the design process also requires integrating enabling technologies like information technology and control engineering. Integrating modern microelectronics and the engineering of software into mechanical and electromechanical systems is a key factor for the design process of a mechatronic “product”.<br>
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What is Mechatronics? | Institution of Mechanical Engineers

What is Mechatronics? | Institution of Mechanical Engineers | Aspect 1 |
Back in the early 1970s, Japanese industry coined the word Mechatronics in relation to the development of the world's first industrial robots.
Nicholas Sapp's comment, February 24, 2014 5:51 PM
Mechatronics today opens up enormous technological possibilities, as already evidenced by the appearance of complex products like very small camcorders and disc players. These would never have been possible to create by adopting a traditional single disciplinary or a combinational approach. By definition, Mechatronics is not just a subject, science or technology per se - it should rather be regarded as a philosophy - a fundamental way of looking at and doing things, and by its very nature requires a unified approach to its usage.
Nicholas Sapp's comment, February 24, 2014 5:57 PM
The traditional western approach has primarily relied on a single discipline’s identities and evolutionary solutions based on bolt-on technology. On the other hand, Mechatronics solutions require the use of teams of personnel working cooperatively towards a set common goal. Thus the Mechatronics engineer identifies with systems thinking, and a philosophy that lies behind it all. A Mechatronics item is operated through systematic, instead of piecemeal processing. Mechatronics, therefore, seeks to optimize an 'engineered' solution rather than compromise a solution.<br>
Nicholas Sapp's comment, February 24, 2014 6:02 PM
Mechatronics philosophy adequately describes the process by which it is achieved. This insight naturally lends itself to the concept of 'total quality', something that western industrialized nations have in the last decade or so come to aspire to. But for Mechatronics, quality is already implied by the methodologies used for achieving solutions, and the way in which system based solutions are to be sought. It is hoped that soon industry and commerce will come to respect and aspire to Mechatronics for what it represents- total synergy.
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What is Mechatronics?

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Mechatronics is the science, that exists at the interface among the other five disciplines: mechanics, electronics, informatics, automation, robotics.
Nicholas Sapp's comment, February 17, 2014 8:55 AM
The term mechatronics was introduced in 1969 by Yaskawa Electric Corporation, a Japanese company and was protected as a trade name in 1971. Initially, Mechatronics was understood as activities in design and construction that involve the inclusion of electronic systems and/or components to the functional structure of many precision mechanisms. Yaskawa Electric Corporation removed the patent protection of Mechatronics as a trademark and is now used as a general term. Today Mechatronics means engineering activities including the designing, testing, and operation of equipment and machinery with a high level of integrated functionality in mechanical systems with computer control and electronics.
Nicholas Sapp's comment, February 21, 2014 12:45 PM
Mechatronics engineering can be regarded as a modern approach to usage of autonomization for the primarily defined needs of education and engineering. Mechatronics can be assumed as an interdisciplinary field of science and technology, dealing with general problems of mechanics, electronics, and informatics. However, it contains too many related mechatronic​ areas that form the foundation of mechatronics and cover many well-known disciplines like electrical engineering, power electronics, digital technology, microprocessor technology, and many other techniques. Mechatronics engineering provides many opportunities like humanization of machines, to change the mindset and the approach to technological issues, most importantly, mechatronics is capable of teaching new technologies and ways of acquiring knowledge and skills. The most important feature of ​mechatronic devices is the ability to process and communicate information accurately in a form of several different types of signals like: mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, optical, chemical ,and biological, with a high level of automation of these devices.<br>
Nicholas Sapp's comment, February 21, 2014 1:03 PM
​The basic assumption for the design of a mechatronic device is the acquisition by the device itself which is responsible for the lower levels of the processes in order to allow the operator to focus on higher-order processes. A Mechatronic device structure can be considered at two levels: abstract: a conjunction of partial functions of the main function device, and specific plane: consisting of the combined structural parts and assemblies, which are natural carriers of various functions involved. The integration of a mechatronic device structure is due to a result of links among 'smart' teams which communicate and cooperate with each other. The linking of: mechanical structure, sensors, actuators and other information processing, all occur as a result of mass flow of energy and information in streams throughout the device.