By Michael Hoffman on March 17, 2015
In the past, mechanical systems were build and painted, and the controls were added as an afterthought. Design errors and requirement misses all attributed to longer development times and costs.
For a lot of today’s mechatronics products, such as sequential approach, is simply not possible anymore. Certain product performances – be it the driving stability of a modern passenger car, or the energy consumption of an air conditioning system – can only be achieved by digital control systems.
Therefore, development engineers are moving to a model-based design approach where tradeoffs between the system design and the control are evaluated during the system design phase, which enables systems to be produced that are cost, weight, performance, and endurance optimized.