IT-tools for Mechatronic System Engineering and Design

Finn Conrad, Torben Sørensen, T. O. Andersen, M. R. Hansen

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Companies are facing the on-going challenge that customers always increase their needs for capability of products and machinery. They want improved productivity and efficiency - if possible to lower prices; value for money. The demands often focus on extensions of functionality, faster response, operation capability, man-machine interface (MMI), robustness, reliability and safety in use. Information Technology (IT) offers both software and hardware for improvement of the engineering design and industrial applications. The latest progress in IT makes integration of an overall design and manufacturing IT- concept feasible and commercially attractive. An IT-tool concept for modelling, simulation and design of mechatronic products and systems is proposed in this paper. It built on results from a Danish mechatronic research program focusing on intelligent motion control as well as results from the Esprit project SWING on IT-tools for rapid prototyping of fluid power components and systems. A mechatronic test facility for a hydraulic robot and a CNC XY-machine table was implemented. The controller applies digital signal processors (DSPs). The DSP controller utilizes the dSPACE System suitable for real-time experimentation, evaluation and validation of control laws and algorithms.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th REM Intl Workshop on Research and Education in Mechatronics 2003
Place of PublicationAachen
PublisherShaker Verlag
Publication date2003
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Event4th REM International Workshop on Research and Education in Mechatronics 2003 - Bochum, Germany
Duration: 9 Oct 200310 Oct 2003
Conference number: 4


Workshop4th REM International Workshop on Research and Education in Mechatronics 2003


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