Mechatronics Electronic control systems in mechanical and electrical engineering
the term mechatronics was ‘invented’ by a Japanese engineer in 1969, as
a combination of ‘mecha’ from mechanisms and ‘tronics’ from electronics.
the word now has a wider meaning, being used to describe a philosophy in
engineering technology in which there is a co-ordinated, and concurrently
developed, integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and
intelligent computer control in the design and manufacture of products
and processes. as a result, many products which used to have mechanical
functions have had many replaced with ones involving microprocessors. this has resulted in much greater flexibility, easier redesign and reprogramming, and the ability to carry out automated data collection and reporting.
II. Sensors and signal conditioning
IV. Microprocessor systems
V. System models