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Design News Launches 'Mechatronics Zone'.

New Microsite at is the First Online Community for New and Growing Engineering Discipline

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Design News, a leading news resource for design engineers, is launching the industry's first online community dedicated to mechatronics (MECHAnics elecTRONICS) The combination of mechanical and electronic systems. Embracing robotics, industrial control systems and human interfaces in numerous disciplines, mechatronics is a major step beyond "electromechanical," in which only electricity is required. , the integration of mechanics, electronics, computers and control systems.

The Mechatronics Zone, found at, provides advice, applications and tools for putting mechatronics to work in innovative product design and development. Editorial content is provided by Design News and sister publications EDN and Control Engineering, accompanied by content from sponsors Microchip Technology Inc., National Instruments and UGS UGS

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"The majority of our readers are applying mechatronics to a growing number of design projects and are seeking a strong community of resources that keeps them up-to-date and connected on the latest innovations in mechatronics," said Design News Publisher Joan Kelly.

The highlights of Mechatronics Zone are:

"Mechatronics: 21st Century Design Engineering" Videocast: Dr. Kevin Craig, professor of mechanical engineering at RPI, discusses system design integration and assessment, as well as mechatronic design case studies.

"Rehab System Targets Spinal Cord Injuries" Application: Design News contributor John Williamson explores how mechatronics principles come together in physical therapy.

Mechatronics Blog: Dr. Craig offers his expert views on topics including mechatronics in 21st Century design, the benefits of modeling, and the need for better partnerships between universities and industry.

Discussion Forum on Mechatronics: Sponsored by Microchip, this forum supports more than 70 topics on the subject.

Mechatronics Webcasts on Demand: Presentations on LabVIEW tools, as well as many design and control applications from National Instruments.

"Secrets to Success in Mechatronics" White Paper: An Aberdeen Group benchmarking report discusses essential steps that top companies take to implement mechatronics (sponsored by UGS Corp.).

A Glimpse of "Mechatronics in Action" Videos: The latest RPI videos on mechatronics, including the development of a human transporter rivaling the Segway.

Design News is also continuing its mechatronics video and audiocast series with three new topics in 2007. This month, Dr. Craig will host the first topic in the series, "Unleashing the Internal Combustion Engine Internal combustion engine

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Within the Mechatronics Zone (accessed at, visitors can also sign up for news feeds and blog postings via Really Simple Syndication (RSS (Really Simple Syndication) A syndication format that was developed by Netscape in 1999 and became very popular for aggregating updates to blogs and the news sites. RSS has also stood for "Rich Site Summary" and "RDF Site Summary. ), as well as subscribe to the mechatronics e-newsletter.

About Design News

Design News, a leading news resource for design engineers, is published by Reed Business Information Reed Business Information is a large business publisher in the United States, United Kingdom, continental Europe, Australia and Asia. It is a division of Reed Elsevier.

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 (, a producer of more than 75 Webzines and portals, 80 market-leading business-to-business publications, directories, plus several market research, email direct marketing, and subscription database businesses. Reed Business Information is part of Reed Elsevier (NYSE NYSE

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