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Introduction to Computers and Logic Systems

In mechatronic systems, computers play a variety of roles. First, computers are used to model, analyze, and simulate mechatronic systems and mechatronic system components and, as such, are useful for control design. Second, computers, as part of measurement systems, are used to measure the performance

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of mechatronic systems, to determine the value of component parameters, and to experimentally validate models. Finally, computers or microcomputers form the central component in digital control systems for mechatronic designs. Thus, computers play an essential role in the two essential characteristics of the mechatronics balance and comprise a key component to mechatronic system designs. This is illustrated by the following example.