When I search define:mechatronics in Google, two lonely results return (at the time of posting) and I don’t feel they give mechatronics a solid definition. Engineering is often defined as the “application of science and mathematics…” I feel mechatronics should simply be defined as the “application of all engineering disciplines.” However, the most common loose definition I find for mechatronics is the synergistic combination (or integration) of mechanics, electronics, software and computers. I realize that this would not be a dictionary definition, but unless you solve problems and realize the complexities interfacing all the systems of a device, I doubt ’synergy’ evokes the appropriate connotation or denotation of the word mechatronics.
The increasingly common-place Venn-diagram graphic depicts mechatronics at the center of engineering fields. Is mechatronics really part of every engineering field?
My opinion is that the creation of any new widget requires an expert from almost every field of engineering. Even if the product is simple, e.g. a D-FUZZ-IT comb, the manufacturing process required input from mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, .. in other words the product required a complex mechatronic system in order to bring the comb from concept to a final retail product. I believe that any modern product requires some mechatronic insight, whether from a mechanical, electrical, systems or a specifically mechatronic engineer. However, I do not feel that mechatronics is part of every engineering discipline in practice and in education — I think it should be, but is not.
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Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.