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HBTI, Kanpur April 08, 2008

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Mechatronics

Mechatronics, a blend of mechanics and electronics, has come to mean the synergistic use of precision engineering, control theory, computer science, and sensor and actuator technology to design improved products and processes.

Mechatronics is nothing new; it is simply the application of the latest techniques in precision mechanical engineering, controls theory, computer science, and electronics to the design process to create more functional and adaptable products. This, of course, is something many forward-thinking designers and engineers have been doing for years.

The continued requirement of technology coupled with needs from industry have called for a trend of merging electronic engineering with mechanical engineering into a separate discipline called “Mechatronics”. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary activity dealing with the integration of mechanical devices, actuators, sensors, electronics, “intelligent” controllers, and computers. Mechatronics is essential in the design of intelligent products’ it allows engineers to transform their conceptions into reality. Within the next decades, the trade of intelligent products with improved flexibility, performance, reliability and maintainability will be crucial for the economic vitality of any country. The Mechatronics program of the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Electronics Engineering will involve research and teaching activities that push the frontiers of technology in intelligent product design and development.

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