Electrical engineers, mechanical engineers, control systems engineers: how do you work together, really?
June 6, 2010 8:35 AM Subscribe
I’m tasked with writing an article about a new "mechatronics" device. I have an engineering degree and understand the device and its benefits. I’m having trouble with the “mechatronics” part since I have not actually worked as a development engineer. I’m hoping that some practicing engineers can shed some light on how EEs, MEs and control systems engineers work together.
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The device integrates a novel type of motor along with its drive ASIC, a position sensor and a microprocessor, in one package. It’s intended to be embedded in handheld products.
I am told by the inventor that the disciplines of EE, ME and control systems engineering are still largely separate, and that typical product development teams have an ME to define the motor and mechanical interface, an EE to design the driver, and possibly a software engineer or systems engineer to program the system. (The inventor is basing this assertion on experience with large companies who are interested in reselling the motor, but are adamant that end users to want to design their own drivers and control circuits.)
The inventor asserts that mechatronic devices such as this one will change the way product development teams work, because they only need drop the device into the product design and feed it high-level commands to make it move.
Is the assertion true in a broader sense? Is that the way “typical” product development teams work? Or is there a lot more cross-over among disciplines than that?
Thanks in advance for any insights.