Jim S. asks…

Q: What exactly is Mechatronics?

A: Wikipedia defines Mechatronics as “Originally, mechatronics just included the combination of mechanics and electronics, hence the word is a combination of mechanics and electronics; however, as technical systems have become more and more complex the word has been broadened to include more technical areas.”  Typically, it is the application of Mechanical, Electronics, and Robotics knowledge in the manufacture of production systems or machinery.  Automated conveyor systems, such as the ones used by UPS and FedEx, are good examples.  These conveyors blend the mechanics of motion components with sensors, solenoids, electrical controls, pneumatics, and hydraulics as well as robotic components in the movement of parcels.

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