Mechatronic Design Approach
In several technical areas the integration of products or processes and electronics can be observed. This is especially true for mechanical systems which developed since about 1980. These systems changed from electro-mechanical systems with discrete electrical and mechanical parts to integrated electronic-mechanical systems with sensors, actuators, and digital microelectronics. These integrated systems, as seen in Table 2.1, are called mechatronic systems, with the connection of MECHAnics and elecTRONICS.