Advances in Mechatronics
Various definitions of mechatronics have been developed over time, each of which emphasizes a slightly different origin and aim. One of the most accurate definition of mechatronics is given by Kyura and Oho. Mechatronics is the synergistic integration of mechanical engineering with electronics and intelligent computer control in the design and manufacturing of industrial products and processes. Mechatronics integrates mechanical systems (mechanical elements, components, machines), electronic systems (microelectronics, sensor and actuator technology) and information technology. In this manner, mechatronic systems are a complex integration of extremely advanced technological components able to perform tasks with high accuracy and flexibility. This special issue is devoted to exploit some advancements in the wide field of mechatronics. It cannot be conclusive or exhaustive but would be a stimulus for further research.
Keywords: Industrial Robots, Manufacturing, Mechanical Systems Controllers,Smart Sensors, Mobile Robots, Actuators
Review from Ringgold Inc., ProtoView: The 11 papers describe recent developments in systems and processes that combine mechanical elements with electronic and computer elements. The topics include a description and preliminary results of a study of a test bench for artificial heart valves, a hardware-in-the-loop tool for designing complex mechanical system controllers, the design and experimental validation of a shape memory alloy actuator for linear motors, optimizing radial cams with translating roller follower through genetic algorithms, a control system for an industrial robot equipped with a tool for advanced tasks in manufacturing, and mechatronics tools for turning.
— Mechanical engineering