Friday, February 05, 2016
"When the raw materials transform into an Engineered product, the highest engineering value is both in the manufacturing process machinery and the manufactured product; If and only if, that product has mechanical, electrical, electronic and computing elements in its composition." - This was Mechatronics?
In essence it appeared to be a CNC machine, but not exactly, CNC too and much more. Robotics is a pinnacle of this collage. Then an Intelligent Embedded Control System with sensors, switches, tachos, drives and motor a part of Mechatronics. Looks like control engineering, a sub-section of mechatronics too. Control engineering is also an independent science. Can't leave out Intelligent machinery and Complex Gadgets.
Without chemical, component and materials engineering all the above cannot materialize. They create the inputs and technologies to the systems above.
Finally two examples for Mechatronic Marvels - One the Lone Martian called Rover (like Wall-E) and the Ultra Busy HardDisk HDD in your own Computer.
Systems Engineering - Managing and Integrating a Large Engineered System Solution. Includes Process, Project, Time, Work-flow, Co-ordination and Communication. (Means .. many Crimson Ties and a lot of Meetings ;-)
Mems - Micro, Electronic/Electrical, Mechanical Systems. Start Reading in detail about it, but never skip Lunch. -
Saturday, January 03, 2015
Vicacopter - Open Flight Robotics
Vicacopter uses a ground computer for flight control. An 8 bit airborne microcontroller handles rate damping, PWM, & sensor capturing. The ground computer handles navigation & provides a simple instrument panel. This was the cheapest & most flexible way to fly. The system can be converted to a completely airborne autopilot very simply.
- Automated landing & takeoff
- Sonar position sensing for indoor flight
- GPS position sensing for outdoor flight
- Ground station instrument panel
- Untethered communication from pilot to ground station
- Curved or linear paths
The Tri-Roter one used 3 gyros for short term rotation sensing, 2 accelerometers for long term tilt sensing, 3 magnetometers for long term heading sensing, a high quality GPS module for horizontal position, a barometer for altitude sensing. A 3rd accelerometer was too sensitive to vibration & altitude changes to be any good. Because of the long term sensors & the very stable gyros, the orientation was always pretty accurate & didn't drift.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Festo Bionic Learning Network
"Bionic design principles serve as the basis for the development of new gripper technology for flexible adaptive grasping in the mechanical handling industry..."
Here Festo is helping students of Robotics and Automation learn from nature's intricate and sophisticated Nueromuscular Systems. I am using the word Nueromuscular in a different way, here it means Wires (Nerves), Control System (Brain, Spinal cord), Solenoids & Valves (Muscular System).
These Bionic Systems can also be used the other way around, they can be designed for Reinforcing/Replacing Weak or Lost Limbs. Even a person with a handicap, can do most tasks on his own, aided by the Bionic Appendages.
Study These Resources to understand Bionics which is closely related to Robotics and Automation.
- Bionics - Replacing biological parts with artificial parts
- Berkeley Bionics - Lower extremity exoskeletons
- Bionics for the Evil Genius: 25 Build-it-Yourself Projects
- Bionics and Bio-Inspired Technology
- Project Bionics - The History of Artificial Organs
- DLR - Institut für Robotik und Mechatronik - Bionics
- IEEE Spectrum: Bionics
Sunday, April 01, 2012
Quanser - Control Design Solutions
They demonstrate the state of the art for control systems plants for the most demanding applications in control, mechatronics, robotics, etc. Used both in Advanced Education and Research Labs.
Manufacturers of robotic and mechatronic systems including high quality haptic devices. Advanced systems for real-time control design and implementation.
Each device in the Mechatronic Controls Collection is suitable for teaching and research. These robust systems are ideal for teaching fundamentals and advanced enough for complex research.
QNET Mechatronic Sensors Trainer
The QNET Mechatronic Sensors (MECHKIT) Trainer is ideally suited to teach and demonstrate the fundamentals of interfacing with mechatronic sensors.
Active Suspension system
This Active Suspension system consists of three masses, or plates. Each mass slides along stainless steel shafts using linear bearings and is supported by a set of springs.
The Active Suspension comes with the Quanser-developed courseware. A comprehensive Laboratory Guide, together with quick start resources....
119 Spy Court Markham, Ontario, L3R 5H6 Canada.
Friday, August 06, 2010
Mechatronics Demonstration Kit with PIC
The demonstration kit takes a hands-on approach to learning about mechatronics. Jumper wires are provided in the kit which allow the developer to experiment with connecting the PIC microcontroller to various components on the board. These components include sensors, LEDs, human input devices and motor drivers.
- PIC16F917 MCU with 8 MHz
- Displays: 8 LEDs and LCD
- Stepper motor and brushed DC motors
- Analog temperature sensor
- 32.768 kHz crystal for time generation
- Human inputs: 4 tactile switches, 2 potentiometers
- Optical speed sensor for brushed DC motor
- ICSP programming capability - MPLAB ICD
This Mechatronics Control System was a custom design for Sierra College in California. Professor Steven Hunter and Professor Michael Halbern initiated a new mechatronics program to challenge students' problem solving skills and a keen understanding of the system structure and functions as a whole.
Electrical Specifications Include
- Mitsubishi FX 2N-32 MR PLC Controller (Siemens and Allen Bradley PLC's available)
- Main Unit I/O control points: 24 inputs/ 16 outputs
- 8K words memory (extensible to 16K words)
- RS-232/ or RS-422
- 16 Input LED Indication lights, 16 Output LED Indication lights
- 25-pin D-Shaped communication connectors for I/O between PLC and mechanism
From - Sun Equipment Corporation
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Video Demonstrations, Laboratory Exercises and MathCAD Examples make the Book practical and very useful.
This book provides comprehensive and accessible coverage of the evolving field of mechatronics for mechanical, electrical and aerospace engineering majors. The author presents a concise review of electrical circuits, solid-state devices, digital circuits, and motors- all of which are fundamental to understanding mechatronic systems.
This is a publication of McGraw-Hill Higher Education.