CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

Living Edition
| Editors: The International Academy for Production Engineering, Sami Chatti, Tullio Tolio


  • Michael F. ZaehEmail author
  • Robert Gao
Living reference work entry


Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary engineering science aiming at the synergistic integration of mechanics, electronics, and control theory within product design and manufacturing.

Extended Definition

The term “mechatronics” is a neologism composed of the words mechanics and electronics and was coined by Yaskawa Electric Corp. in 1969 (Habib 2007). In its original meaning, mechatronics was understood as the functional enhancement of mechanical systems by electronic components (Neugebauer et al. 2007). Benefiting from the rapid advancement in computational power and information technology over the past four decades (Neugebauer et al. 2007; Luo and Chang 2010), the scope of coverage by the term “mechatronics” has exceeded its original meaning of “electromechanics” by incorporating more of the “intelligence” aspects.

Numerous definitions of “mechatronics” can be found in literature (VDI 2004). The quintessence of most definitions is the synergetic cooperation of different...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.iwb – Institut fuer Werkzeugmaschinen und BetriebswissenschaftenTechnical University of MuenchenMunichGermany
  2. 2.Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Christian Möhring
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  1. 1.Institut für WerkzeugmaschinenUniversität StuttgartStuttgartGermany