Mechatronics-oriented design tools improve machine development by simulating the interaction between mechanical and electrical subsystems throughout the design process. Historically, teams of engineers from different disciplines worked in silos and in sequential development. Design decisions were made independently, resulting in longer development times and higher costs. Now, to streamline development in a mechatronics approach, the teams work in parallel and collaborate on design, prototyping, and deployment. The ability to create virtual prototypes is a critical aspect of the mechatronics approach because it helps engineers and scientists explore machines before they are built.
Learn about essential technologies for the design of smart machines, from common architectures for distributed machine control systems to motion vision integration to advanced control strategies.
View a collection of tutorials, case studies, and webcasts that explore mechatronics fundamentals.
Learn three different ways to add advanced analysis and control functionality to any PLC.