Electromechanical Devices: An Overview
At HARtech, we use electromechanics every day. This is almost certainly true for you as well—electromechanical devices and equipment are found in everything from industrial machines to consumer products. Almost every device with electrical and mechanical processes can be considered “electromechanical.”
We offer one of the leading electromechanical services in Quebec. We have extensive experience in designing, operating and testing electromechanical devices across various industries. Keep reading to learn more about these products that have become so integral to modern life.
What are electromechanical devices?
Electromechanics combines the electromagnetic sciences of electrical engineering and mechanics.
Countless everyday products rely on these systems, from electrically powered windows and vehicles to your washing and drying machines.
Examples of common electromechanical devices
It is virtually impossible to list every single electromechanical device. You most likely use this equipment every day, both personally and professionally. Some of the most common devices are used in:
- household appliances such as dishwashers, refrigerators or vacuum cleaners
- transportation, such as trains and trams
- the automobile industry, with alternators and electric motors
- CD and DVD players, printers
- motors and other hydraulic presses
How do electromechanical devices work?
To better understand electromechanics, let’s look at how 3 of the most commonly used systems operate:
1. Electric motors
Electric motors essentially convert electrical energy into mechanical energy using a system of gears and magnetic fields.
Electrical systems can be powered by a variety of direct and alternate current sources, including batteries, rectifiers, power grids, inverters and electric generators. Everyday products that use electric motors include fans, blenders and power window regulators.
A solenoid is a cylindrical object that generates a magnetic field when a current flows through its wire to create linear motion. It can also be used as an inductor, instead of an electromagnet, to impede changes in electric current.
A solenoid consists of a coil of corkscrew-shaped wire wrapped around a piston that is typically made of iron. Solenoids use magnets, which can be turned on and off using a computer or by removing the current. This makes them particularly useful as switches or valves, found in common products like car keys, doorbells and a variety of automated industrial systems.
Mechatronics is a field that combines mechanical, electrical, automation and computer science systems. It is often viewed as the future of automated manufacturing. Those who work at the intersection of these disciplines may also have extensive knowledge of robotics, electronics, and telecommunications. Mechatronics engineers aim to create simpler, yet more powerful and intelligent systems.
Many products that were once purely mechanical now rely on mechatronics, including automotive systems like anti-lock brakes, and consumer items such as digital SLR cameras. These types of systems represent the future of the electromechanical field.
Technological advances and the future of electromechanics
Many jobs that were once done by humans are now done by machines thanks to technological advances in automation and machine learning.
But we still need humans with mechanical knowledge to install, maintain and repair these machines.
Working as an electromechanical technician requires technical skills to assemble and disassemble equipment according to manufacturers’ specifications. This is the case for the electromechanical technicians at HARtech Enterprises.
Call HARtech for all your electromechanics needs
Professional industrial maintenance is the main way to prolong the lifespan of your electromechanical devices.
At HARtech, we also have expertise in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of industrial equipment. We have been working with countless companies across Quebec since 1999.
Are you in search of electromechanical solutions? You can call us at (514) 422 – 8282 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!