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Journal of Robotics
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 932305, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/932305
Research Article

Survey of Mechatronic Techniques in Modern Machine Design

1School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC 20008, USA
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT 06117, USA
3A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI 48188, USA

Received 26 July 2012; Revised 25 October 2012; Accepted 8 November 2012

Academic Editor: Yangmin Li

Copyright © 2012 Devdas Shetty et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Increasing demands on the productivity of complex systems, such as manufacturing machines and their steadily growing technological importance will require the application of new methods in the product development process. A smart machine can make decisions about the process in real-time with plenty of adaptive controls. This paper shows the simulation based mechatronic model of a complex system with a better understanding of the dynamic behavior and interactions of the components. This offers improved possibilities of evaluating and optimizing the dynamic motion performance of the entire automated system in the early stages of the design process. Another effect is the growing influence of interactions between machine components on achievable machine dynamics and precision and quality of components. The examples cited in this paper, demonstrate the distinguishing feature of mechatronic systems through intensive integration. The case studies also show that it will no longer be sufficient to focus solely on the optimization of subsystems. Instead it will be necessary to strive for optimization of the complete system. The interactions between machine components, the influence of the control system and the machining process will have to be considered during the design process and the coordination of feed drives and frame structure components.