Emphasis of the presentation is both on the sensor integrating machine element as such as well as on the novel methodology to integrate those components into smart mechatronics systems. The main motivation for integrating sensors into standardized machine elements comes from industrial megatrends such as Industry 4.0, Internet of things and cyber-physical systems. For all these trends the scientific discussion mostly concentrates on generating large amounts of data and on data security, whereas little attention is being paid on how to generate high-quality robust data that require only a minimum usage of mathematical models and hence reduce uncertainty in the overall systems.
For industrial applications such sensor integrating machine elements offer the advantage of being easy to integrate due to the standardized interfaces and the simplicity of dimensioning of the mechanical component being maintained. This turns out to be especially useful in low-volume applications where dedicated computerized models to derive the target quantity are prohibitively expensive, e.g. for measuring the sealing force in pneumatically operated valves for chemical plants. The presentation will cover some first-hand examples of prototype testing and illustrates the complexity of integrating such sensors in mechanical drive systems to allow for instance in-situ measurement of operational torque in automation systems.