Many of you may already be familiar with Design News‘ Mechatronics Zone. It’s a dedicated area on the designnews.com site where we feature content focused on the integration of electronics, mechanical and computing/software engineering. Historically, mechatronics has largely referred to robotic types of devices. But as the integration of engineering disciplines increases across consumer and industrial applications, it was clearly time to expand the reach of the Mechatronics Zone.
Due to its integrated engineering nature, mechatronics requires engineers to be very heads up about the products and systems they design and, in the process, collaborate with engineering experts in different domains. To achieve long-term mechatronics success, these expert engineers have to become more knowledgeable about the other engineering fields with which they must interact.
Designed to address the needs of engineers engaged with electronics, control systems, automation and software, Mechatronics Zone covers everything from the exciting cross-discipline projects design engineers are involved with down to the nitty-gritty how-to information.
From news and blogs to videos and in-depth tutorials, Mechatronics Zone is designed to deliver the integrated engineering information design engineers of all types increasingly need.
Let us know what you think of the new Mechatronics Zone. The new platform is designed to be more adaptable to new content integration and presentation — so your input will go a long way toward ensuring the site continues to deliver the type of information you need.
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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.