Handling the Complexity of Mechatronic System Design

Two design projects highlight how ABB Group leverages optimization-based development to handle the complexity that automation and control systems entail and to maximize mechatronic product performance, meet reliability demands and ease overall environmental impact.


Figure 1: The evolving complexity of mechatronics design

ABB Group, a global leader in power and automation technologies, covers almost every segment of the power generation and industrial process control market with its products and systems. With $1.4 billion in annual investments, the 8,500 engineers and scientists at ABB Research & Development are committed to meeting the automation industry’s ever-increasing demand for reducing energy consumption and improving reliability and performance.

The design projects illustrated here highlight how ABB Group leverages optimization-based development to handle the complexity that electronic and software components entail. Looking at system interdependencies from the earliest concept phase is crucial for an effective strategy that aims at maximizing product performance, meeting reliability demands and easing the environmental impact of their products. 

Including the following case studies:

  • Optimization-based Development of Ultra High Performance Twin Robot Xbar Press Tending Robot System (by Daniel Wappling | Global R&D Manager at ABB)
  • Multiobjective Optimization of a Medium Voltage Recloser (by Octavian Craciun | Senior Scientist at ABB)