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Mechatronics and the Internet of Things: A Winning Combination

August 26, 2016

In the past decade, businesses and consumers have experienced an accelerated transition from analog to digital technologies.

This evolution has contributed to the growth of the Internet of Things in a way that devices can now interact with each other and with humans. These are either remote controlled devices, smart watches or autonomous vehicles. The integration of these technologies has significantly changed and facilitated many spheres of consumer life.

These changes also apply to the industrial sector. Manufacturers are integrating new equipment and connected systems into their factories and products. These new applications are possible mainly because of mechatronics.

For example, in the automotive sector, mechatronic systems have given rise to electronic engine ignition. Over time, new systems have been developed to add technological options such as Lane Guidance or Automated Parallel Parking.

What is mechatronics?

By definition, mechatronics is in itself a synergy of mechanical engineering, electronics and computing.

In practice, the multidisciplinary complexity of mechatronics refers to four key elements:

  1. Mechanics: Essential in mechatronics, it makes possible the handling of machines that is accomplished by traditional mechanical systems.
  2. Electromechanical: This element integrates sensors, actuators and other parts emitting a signal. These are essential to trigger an action.
  3. Electronics: This includes the integrated circuits, resistors, transistors and other components commonly used to process signals and make decisions.
  4. Computer science: The recent integration of IT has created new features managed from a software or application.

Mechatronics also uses the concept of the Internet of Things, which allows for connectivity and data exchange.

Where do we find mechatronics?

The modern role of mechatronics makes it possible to perfect systems, whether in the transport sector, the manufacturing industry, the medical or military field. These systems inevitably enhance the user experience by offering simple and new features.

Here are two examples where these allowed the evolution of gestures of daily life and in industry:

– Intelligent vehicle that recognizes and applies the settings (seat, driving, entertainment system) of each user.

– Autonomous robotic cell where equipment interacts with each other to manufacture, evaluate quality and correct a part.

Thus, the development of mechatronics, in parallel with the Internet of Things, modernizes manufacturing equipment and their products while increasing the productivity of the company.

Engineering and design at Merkur

Engineering and design services are a driving force for many industrial companies that have modernized their processes and systems towards this new era. By supporting the development of customer specific manufacturing technologies, Merkur can improve existing processes and products or reinvent them. With the help of advanced expertise and mechatronics, any engineering project can see its limits pushed back.

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