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Title: Aspects of modular MEchatronics in South Africa
Authors: Kumile, CM
Tlale, NS
Bright, G
Keywords: Computer integrated manufacturing
Distributed mechatronics
Synergetic design
Modular design
Issue Date: Jul-2008
Publisher: South African Institite of Mechanical Engineering
Citation: Kumile, CM, Tlale, NS and Bright, G. 2008. Aspects of modular MEchatronics in South Africa. R&D Journal of South African Institite of Mechanical Engineering, Vol 24(2), pp 23-30
Abstract: Manufacturing enterprises are facing critical challenges to reconstruct themselves in order to survive in a more competitive environmnet. Thier sucess depends on thier ability to adopt state-of-the-art manufacturing strategies and technologies. To increase efficiency there is need to minimise the time and cost of development and operation of manufacturing systems. Shorter product life cycles require the manufacturing systems to be able to meet frequent changes. In recent years the mechatronic philosophy has been adopted world-wide in an endeavour to improve speedy product development. The objective of this paper is to present a generic philosophy of mechatronic concepts as utilised in product design. The description and the historical perspectives of mechatronics is articulated through research findings. The role and relevance of mechatronic concepts within the South African economy will alse be highlighted. Several case studies will be discussed to further enhance the understanding of the mechatronic philosophy in product design and development.
Description: Copyright: 2008 South African Institite of Mechanical Engineering
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3023
ISSN: 0257-9669
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