Mechatronics is the intelligent control of plant, product or process. Mechatronics is a combination of four or five distinct disciplines:
- Mechanical systems
- Electrical systems
- Control systems
Why do we need to cover so many areas when there probably already exists many engineers in each of the fields shown above? In some industrial design and manufacturing companies two engineers of different disciplines may be working together. One of the engineers sees something, which impinges on the other engineering discipline, but rather than deal with it directly he will talk to his manager. This manager will then talk to the second engineers’ manager the information will then travel by way of the two managers to the second engineer. Obviously this is an extremely wasteful process.
Most of the time, this is done because of a lack of experience and knowledge of the other engineer’s area of work. Mechatronics overcomes this unfamiliarity and breaks down the barriers by allowing people to work in harmony as part of a multidisciplinary engineering team. This saves companies time and money and adds to the job satisfaction of the engineer.