News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michael McAllister
(803) 327-8032

York Tech to Host Visit from Festo's Mobile Mechatronics Lab

April 8, 2011

ROCK HILL—York Technical College will host Festo’s Mobile Mechatronics Lab on April 19 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the Baxter Hood Center. The event is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about cutting edge automation technology. Refreshments will be served.

Mechatronics technology explores the potential of combining mechanical, electronic, and computer technologies in innovative ways. It begins with essentially mechanical processes or devices—kitchen appliances for example—then applies electronic and computer technologies to make them work better or more efficiently. It is being used in the development of many of the “smart” devices and systems we use every day. Modern cars, microwave ovens, next-generation ATMs, and any number of other common products are the work of mechatronic engineering.

Staffed with experts in the field of automation, the mobile lab displays energy-efficient automation technology and services, as well as the latest advancements in the field of mechatronics.

As the sophistication of electronics and computing continues to grow, the application of mechatronics to a wide spectrum of industries—including robotics, aerospace, medical, defense, as well as automotive and manufacturing—will also grow. This nearly unlimited potential also means a nearly unlimited potential for those seeking careers in this exciting field.

Festo is a leading world-wide supplier of automation technology and the performance leader in industrial training and education programs.

For more information about the mobile lab, visit For questions about the visit to York Tech, contact Brenda Odom at (803 981-7144 or

York Technical College / 452 South Anderson Road / Rock Hill, SC  29730