Mechatronics: Five Design Challenges and Solutions for Machine Builders
Faster, better, cheaper is the name of the game for machine builders. Intense competition is putting pressure on machine builders to deliver machines with higher throughput, reduced operation cost and increased safety. Todays machine builders have switched from rigid, singlepurpose machines to flexible multipurpose machines. The switch has made machines more adaptable, they have introduced a significant amount of complexity to the machines and the machine design process. This white paper discusses the mechatronics approach, which improves the design process by integrating the best available development practices and technologies to streamline machine design, prototyping and deployment.