The objective of this work was to support the design of mechatronic systems by the use of simulations. This raises the question of what exactly is mechatronics. Current definitions describe mechatronics as an interaction between electronics, mechanics and information technology, see Isermann  or Wallaschek . It makes no difference here whether we are talking about macromechanics or micromechanics.In the former case we speak of mechatronics, in the latter of micromechatronics or microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)....
According to the original definition of mechatronics that the Yasakawa Electric Company proposed and
the definitions that have since appeared, many engineering products designed and manufactured in the
last thirty years that integrate mechanical and electrical systems can be classified as
In trademark application documents, Yasakawa defined mechatronics in this way:
is composed of “mecha” from mechanism and the “tronics” from electronics.
Mechatronics is a design process that includes a combination of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, control engineering and computer engineering. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering, that is to say, it rejects splitting engineering into separate disciplines.
Nowadays most of the systems are computer controlled among them we quote
mechatronic systems where the intelligence is implemented in microcontrollers. The
discipline that deals with such systems is mechatronics that we define as the syner
gistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering, and software
engineering. The purpose of this interdisciplinary engineering field is to control
complex systems by providing hardware and software solutions. The engineers
working in this field must master concepts in electronics, control and programming.
Mechatronics, the synergistic blend of mechanics, electronics, and computer science, has
evolved over the past twenty-five years, leading to a novel stage of engineering design. By
integrating the best design practices with the most advanced technologies, mechatronics aims
at realizing highquality products, guaranteeing, at the same time, a substantial reduction of
time and costs of manufacturing.
This book is intended for both mechanical and electronics engineers (researchers and graduate students) who wish to get some training in smart electronics devices embedded in mechanical systems. The book is partly a textbook and partly a monograph. It is a textbook as it provides a focused interdisciplinary experience for undergraduates that encompass important elements from traditional courses as well as contemporary developments in Mechtronics.