Dear Reader,Welcome to our new and improved Mechatronics Zone!Mechatronics has become critical in all types of engineering. Engineers must learn about disciplines outside their core training as design projects get more demanding. Our new and improved Mechatronics Zone promises to help engineers learn and apply mechatronics in their everyday jobs. With our re-launch, you’ll find blogs from professionals working in the industry and aspiring engineers still in school, videos of mechatronic applications and podcasts on an array of multidisciplinary topics. As mechatronics continues to evolve, we’ll keep you up to date with something new in the Mechatronics Zone every day.
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Mechatronics Showstopper: Metal Hybrid Eliminates SolderingOechsler AG is developing a unique process in which an LED light strip is produced in one fully automated sequence. A key technology is a plastics/metal hybrid material that eliminates soldering for electronics and creates shielded housings. Read More
LIN Links Automotive NetworksMechatronics systems are heavily used in autos, where motors, actuators and microprocessors replacing mechanical systems. LIN networks are being deployed to reduce wiring harness size and add more functionality. Read More
Mechatronics: Ticket to Integrated DesignIncreasingly, system integrators are being challenged to provide design solutions that feature a blend of engineering technologies. Read More
Design and Deploy your Machines Faster
The new National Instruments CompactRIO integrated systems are advanced programmable automation controllers (PACs) that combine an industrial real-time processor and a reconfigurable FPGA within a single chassis, lowering the cost of CompactRIO for high-volume machine control and monitoring applications. Engineers and machine builders can quickly program and customize the FPGA within the CompactRIO using NI LabVIEW 8.5 software. Click Here
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Mechatronics: Brushing up on the ConceptLet’s Talk Mechatronics How do you define mechatronic design? Is it an electric toothbrush or something with more intelligence — and what does intelligence actually mean? Longtime mechatronic guru Razvan Panaitescu gives us his take. Read More
ENGR 2210: Principles of Engineering
Mechatronics on Campus Olin College engineering student Stefan Wolpert explores the value of hands-on applications in the classroom and takes you through his class, ENGR 2210: Principles of Engineering. Read More
Computer Hard Drive with Voice Coil - VIDEO Colorado State Professor of Mechatronics David Alciatore explains how a basic computer hard drive syncs with a voice coil and how it is run by microcontrollers. Watch Now
A Mechatronic Marvel: The Computer Hard Disk Drive - WEBCAST Magnetic hard disk drives provide lessons of successful synergistic integration of physical systems, electronics, controls and computers. This webcast covers the hard disk’s evolution, issues facing engineers now and keys to consider for mechatronic design. Watch Now
Techniques for Faster Machine Design and Prototyping - NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS Harness multicore performance for mechatronics systems. Unlock multicore and FPGA technologies for faster machine design and prototyping. Designed specifically for engineers, National Instruments LabVIEW 8.5 software includes built-in I/O connectivity, extensive control IP and the ability to target embedded systems.Teamcenter 2007 - SIEMENS PLM SOFTWARE
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Mechatronics Fundamentals: Microcontroller Programming & InterfacingThis free chapter from Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement describes how to program and interface a microcontroller. Various input and output devices are also presented. Read More
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New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.