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MECHATRONICS AN INTRODUCTION by Robert H. Bishop pdf Download
According to the original definition of mechatronics that the Yasakawa Electric Company proposed and
the definitions that have since appeared, many engineering products designed and manufactured in the
last thirty years that integrate mechanical and electrical systems can be classified as
In trademark application documents, Yasakawa defined mechatronics in this way:
is composed of �mecha� from mechanism and the �tronics� from electronics.
In other words, technologies and developed products will be incorporating electronics more and
more intimately and organically into mechanisms, making it impossible to tell where one ends and
the other begins.
Where is mechatronics today? The advent of the microcomputer, embedded computers, and associated
information technologies and software advances have led to important advances in mechatronics. For
example, consider the automobile. In the early stages of automobile design, the radio was the only
significant electronics in it. All other functions were entirely mechanical or electrical. Today, there are
about 30�60 microcontrollers in a car. And with the drive to develop modular systems for plug-n-play
mechatronics subsystems, this is expected to increase.
Mechatronics: An Introduction
provides an introduction to the vibrant field of mechatronics. As the
historical divisions between the various branches of engineering and computer science become less clearly
defined, the mechatronics specialty provides a roadmap for nontraditional engineering students studying
within the traditional structure of most engineering colleges. Evidently, mechatronics laboratories and
classes in the university environment are expanding world-wide. The list of contributors to this book
that includes authors from around the globe reflects this.