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Enabling flexible manufacturing by bringing innovation in automation

09 March 2018

Omron will be at Hannover Messe from 23 to 27 April, supporting the event’s theme of Connect & Collaborate by demonstrating its capability to innovate the future of manufacturing.

Visitors to the Omron stand (Hall 9, F24) will be able to experience Omron technology supporting flexible robotic cells, data acquisition, data intelligence and AI realising agile mass customisation cells that shifts manufacturing from ‘build to sell’ to ‘made for me’. 

A practical demonstration of the future of manufacturing

Omron will show how robots and machines can interact seamlessly to allow production runs to be easily and quickly altered to allow for fluctuating lot sizes. This enables production lines to be quickly adapted to changes in demand or to run specific designs with the highest efficiency.

The demonstration will feature Omron’s mobile robots and fixed robots interacting flexibly to fulfil orders based on instructions entered through the local HMI or from a tablet using secure OPC UA communications. This smart, integrated solution emphasises how machine intelligence, from individual processing stage to complete system level, enables flexible and reconfigurable manufacturing for optimised manufacturing that meets increasingly diversified consumer requirements.

What’s more, flexible manufacturing is achieved whilst still delivering high OEE, maximum safety and excellent quality. This is realised by collecting, processing and visualising data to solve any quality issues by tracing the source of problems in a reliable way at machine level. Omron controllers provide an easy solution for capturing information into a SQL database for local or secure processing in the cloud. This can then be used, for example, to realise predictive maintenance at machine level using the Sysmac controller’s libraries to integrate functionality for monitoring sensors and servos.

“To stay competitive, today’s manufacturers need the ability to produce products down to a lot size of one as simply and cost-efficiently as in mass production,” explains Fernando Colas, General Director EMEA Marketing. “At the Hannover Messe, visitors to our stand will discover how our flexible manufacturing automation systems allows them to adapt easily to meet this challenge.”

Beyond the factory of the future: ‘Sensing & Control + THINK’

In addition to the factory of the future, Omron will also be demonstrating innovations in artificial intelligence systems including the latest generation of its Forpheus table tennis robot and its autonomous vehicle driver monitoring sensor. These exhibits, based on Omron’s core Sensing & Control + THINK technologies will help inspire industry players overcome future production challenges by optimising manufacturing.

The latest version of Forpheus includes additional functions including the ability to serve, predict a smash and even communicate for a more immersive and enjoyable experience. And the driver monitoring sensor for autonomous vehicles, combines AI and sensing technology to determine the driver’s ability to take control of the vehicle.

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