06
Sep
2014

The Subject Matter of Mechatronics

MechatronicsThe term “Mechatronics” has been used for the first time in 1975 by the Japanese company Yaskawa Electric Corporation, being an abbreviation of the words mechanics, electronics and computer science.

At the beginning Mechatronics was seen as a complement to precision mechanics, the photo camera with Flash being a classic example of Mechatronics application.

In time, the notion of Mechatronics changed its meaning and expanded the scope of its definition: Mechatronics became the Engineering Science based on the classical disciplines of machinery construction, electrical engineering, electronics and computer science. The purpose of this study is to improve the functionality of machines and technical systems by merging component disciplines into a unified whole.

However, Mechatronics is not the same thing as automatic or automated production. These are terms that arose outside the field of MECHATRONICS, but are also included in it. Mechatronics can be defined as an innovative concept of automation techniques for the needs of engineering and education.

Mechatronics was born as technology and became a philosophy that spread around the world. In the last years, Mechatronics came to be defined simply: the science of intelligent machines.

As a conclusion, it can be said that Mechatronics is a field of interdisciplinary science and technology that deals with the general issues of mechanics, electronics and computer science. However, it includes several areas that form the basis of mecatronics, which cover many well-known disciplines, such as: electrical engineering, power engineering, encryption technique, the technique of information microprocessing and others.