EngineersYou might not be aware of it, but you can see mechatronics everywhere these days. Engineers have their own mechatronics-related journal, and they can even read papers tackling mechatronics in journals that also discuss other fields. Meanwhile, a horde of various companies has started to embrace its principles and employ mechatronic services.

Origin of mechatronics

More than 40 years ago, engineer Tetsuro Mori of Yaskawa Electric Corp. first coined the term mechatronics when he mixed the words “mechanical” and “electronic.” He wanted to define the electronic control systems that his company was creating for mechanical factory equipment.

Mechatronics awareness

Mechatronics is literally everywhere nowadays, and you most likely don’t know that you have been using it. These vary from medical devices, washing machines and coffee makers to robotic assembly systems and computer hard drives. Electronics that manage mechanical systems account for some of the prices of a regular vehicle. It controls everything from memory-adjust seats to climate control, antilock brakes and stability control.

Defining mechatronics

Mechatronics means several things to a lot of people, but most engineers refer to Kevin Craig’s drawing when compelled about its meaning. They probably consider him as one of the country’s primary evangelists of mechatronic design. It includes four intersecting circles, namely computers, electronic systems, control systems, and mechanical systems.

Craig is a mechanical engineering professor who left Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to begin a mechatronics program at Marquette University. He sees mechatronics as more than just mechanical and electronics.

Designating engineers

Meanwhile, Peter Schmidt, a senior research engineer at Rockwell Automation's Advanced Technology Group also teaches part-time with Craig at the university. He explains that all engineers can lead because everyone is doing engineering work. His company has then hired control and electrical engineers to plan its factory automation and machine control systems. Most engineers from the company share that they have been working on systems integration modeling and design (or mechatronics) for a couple of decades.

Companies must start integrating a multidisciplinary tactic from conception until delivery to split mechatronics from traditional control engineering.