Mechatronics

Written by Patricia Skinner
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Space Age Technologies

Mechatronics is yet another brand new technology that owes its very existence to the computer age. It is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and software engineering (mecha-tronic-s) for the production of many different kinds of hybrid systems. The term was first coined in 1969, by a Japanese company, Yaskawa.

In practice, most of examples mechatronics engineering are more often referred to as embedded systems projects today. Mechatronics is not so much a system as an area of manufacture, but there are still several Mechatronics textbooks to be found worldwide. However, there is more to it than this simple explanation.

Mechatronics-Where the Whole Is Greater

Just as with many other things in life, the study of mechatronics can be said to be one where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. There is no doubt that these three technologies have combined to give the world machines that were completely beyond reach even a few short years ago. We are in the age of the intelligent machine.

Mechatronics can also be said to be a collection of the different ways in which mechanics, electronics and computer software can be used together, because there is no set formula. To date there are four traditional ways documented, but technical advancement means that new elements are being added to the area of research all the time. Mechatronics engineers will have an increasingly large part to play in technology of the future.


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