The purpose of this book is to address the links that need to be bridged between modern electronic and mechanical equipment. In other words, we look at the issue of what a mechanical or manufacturing engineer needs to know in order to sensibly design mechatronic systems. We also introduce the basic concepts that electrical / electronics engineers will need to understand when interfacing computer systems to mechanical devices.
It is difficult to know whether the modern digital computer, and its Von Neumann architecture, were ever intended to interface to the real world. A computer is, by definition, a “reckoning machine” and certainly its original designers went to great lengths to make it into a device that could carry out repetitive computations and provide a limited amount of human reasoning. The analog computer, on the other hand, has always been closely associated with the control of physical systems, but has never been able to provide the reckoning ability that we associate with the digital computer. Analog computers no longer play any significant role in modern engineering, and so, this book is predominantly about digital computers and the problems that we face in connecting them to engineering systems.
Table of Contents
- An Overview of the Computer Interfacing Process
- Computers and Control – Mechatronic Systems
- Fundamental Electrical and Electronic Devices and Circuits
- Fundamentals of Digital Circuits
- Memory Systems and Programmable Logic
- State Machines and Microprocessor Systems
- Interfacing Computers to Mechatronic Systems
- Software Development Issues
- Electromagnetic Actuators & Machines – Basic Mechatronic Units
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