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Mechatronics – What is it

Mechatronics – What is it

Recently I heard the word Mechatronics and wondered what exactly is this. Hence tried Google Search and found that it is a new branch of Engineering. Have you heard of it? If not, it is one very interesting and highly promising interdisciplinary branch of Engineering.

Mechatronics, also known as Mechatronics Engineering focuses on various aspects and can find application in a variety of areas. It is an integration of the following branches of Engineering.

  • Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • Electrical
  • Robotics
  • Computer Science
  • Telecommunication
  • Systems
  • Control
  • Product

The word Mechatronics originated in Japanese-English, which was created by an Engineer named Tetsuro Mori of Yaskawa Electric Corporation in 1969. It was registered as the trade mark by the company in Japan, in 1971. The word was later released to use by the public.

Industrial Robots are prime examples of Mechatronics System. Mechatronics finds application in the following fields.

  • Machine vision
  • Automation and robotics
  • Servo-mechanics
  • Sensing and control systems
  • Automotive engineering, automotive equipment in the design of subsystems such as anti-lock braking systems
  • Building automation / Home automation
  • Computer-machine controls, such as computer driven machines like CNC milling machines, CNC waterjets, and CNC plasma cutters
  • Expert systems
  • Industrial goods
  • Consumer products
  • Mechatronics systems
  • Medical mechatronics, medical imaging systems
  • Structural dynamic systems
  • Transportation and vehicular systems
  • Mechatronics as the new language of the automobile
  • Computer aided and integrated manufacturing systems
  • Computer-aided design
  • Engineering and manufacturing systems
  • Packaging
  • Microcontrollers / PLCs
  • Microprocessors
  • Biomechatronics

Some of the best universities offering Mechatronics as Bachelor and Masters Degree are as follows.

  • RMIT University
  • University of Auckland
  • Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
  • Ontario Tech University
  • University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Amity University in Dubai is offering B.Tech in Mechatronics and here are some of the Colleges in India offering Mechatronics.

  • MIT Manipal – Manipal Institute of Technology
  • COEP Pune – College of Engineering
  • VIT Vellore – Vellore Institute of Technology
  • SRM University Chennai – SRM Institute of Science and Technology
  • LPU Jalandhar – Lovely Professional University

Read more about Mechatronics here

Disclaimer: Information provided here are from various sources based upon Google Search on the Topic, which is provided only for public awareness

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