World production of MS is constantly increasing and expands new spheres. Today mechatronic modules and systems find wide application in the following areas:
- Machine-tool construction and equipment for automation of technological processes;
- Robotics (industrial and special);
- Aviation, space and military techniques;
- Motor car construction (for example, ant blocking brake system (ABS), systems of car movement stabilization and automatic parking);
- Non-conventional vehicles (electro bicycles, cargo carriages, electro scooters, invalid carriages);
- Office equipment (for example, copy and fax machines);
- Computer facilities (for example, printers, plotters, disk drives);
- Medical equipment (rehabilitation, clinical, service);
- Home appliances (washing, sewing and other machines);
- Micro machines (for medicine, biotechnology, means of telecommunications);
- Control and measuring devices and machines;
- Photo and video equipment;
- Simulators for training of pilots and operators;
- Show-industry (sound and illumination systems).
Impetuous development of mechatronics as new scientific and technical direction in the 90ies was caused by a lot of factors among which there are the following key factors: trends of global industrial development; development of fundamental basic and mechatronic methodology (the base scientific ideas, essentially new technical and technological decisions), activity of experts in research and educational spheres.
It is possible to distinguish the following tendencies to change and key requirements of the world market in the considered area:
- Necessity for production and service of equipment according to the international system of the quality standards stated in the Standard ISO 9000;
- Internationalization of scientific and technical production market and, as a consequence;
- Necessity for active introduction of forms and methods of international engineering and putting new technologies into practice;
- Increasing role of small and average industrial enterprises in economy owing to their ability to quick and flexible reaction to changing requirements of the market;
- Structural integration of mechanical, electronic and information departments (which as a rule, work independently) into a uniform creative staff.