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Mechatronics is the combination of Mechanical engineering, Electronic engineering, Computer engineering, Software engineering, Control engineering, and Systems Design engineering in order to design,and manufacture useful products. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering, that is to say it rejects splitting engineering into separate disciplines. Originally, mechatronics justincluded the combination between mechanics and electronics, hence the word is only a portmanteau of mechanics and electronics. However, as technical systems have become more and more complex the word hasbeen "updated" during recent years to include more technical areas.
French standard NF E 01-010 gives the following definition: “approach aiming at the synergistic integration of mechanics,electronics, control theory, and computer science within product design and manufacturing, in order to improve and/or optimize its functionality".
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Aerial Venn diagram from RPI's website describes the various fields that make up Mechatronics
A mechatronics engineer unites the principles of mechanics, electronics, and computing togenerate a simpler, more economical and reliable system. Mechatronics is centered on mechanics, electronics,computing, control engineering, molecular engineering (from nanochemistry and biology),and optical engineering, which, combined, make possible the generation of simpler, more economical, reliable and versatile systems. The portmanteau "mechatronic" was coined by Tetsuro Mori, the senior engineerof theJapanese company Yaskawa in 1969. An industrial robot is a prime example of a mechatronics system; it includes aspects of electronics, mechanical , and computing to do its day-to-day jobs.Engineering cybernetics deals with the question of control engineering of mechatronic systems. It is used to control or regulate such a system (see control theory). Through collaboration, the...
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