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Mechatronics Disrupted

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The field of mechatronics started in the 1970s when mechanical systems needed more accurate controlled motions. This forced both industry and academia to explore sensors, and electronic assisted feedback, while using mostly electrical drives instead of, for instance, mechanical cam shafts in production facilities. This introduction of feedback-controlled motion formed the basis for the need to enable mechanical engineers and electronic engineers to work better together and to understand each others language. Note that in those days control engineering departments were mostly part of the electrical development or research departments of industry and academia. Various initiatives were also undertaken to develop a common language or methodology. Some institutes pushed mechatronics forward as being a new discipline.

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Steinbuch, M. (2016). Mechatronics Disrupted. In: Hehenberger, P., Bradley, D. (eds) Mechatronic Futures. Springer, Cham.

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