NX1-series controller integrates control and information
09 July 2018
Omron Corporation announced the global release of its new NX1-series Machine Automation Controller that boosts productivity while leveraging information.
Omron will release the NX-HAD4 High-speed Analog Input Unit*1 and NX-SL5 Safety CPU Unit*2 that can be used with the NX1 Series, helping address manufacturing innovation challenges including strengthening of quality control and flexible safety measures.
Improve productivity, utilise information
Manufacturers are now driving visualisation of machine and process status, predictive maintenance to prevent downtime, and other information utilisation approaches to further improve productivity. Although it is necessary to easily and securely share information between manufacturing sites and host IT systems, high-speed processing of a large amount of data by a controller increases control cycle time, discouraging productivity improvements. In addition, on the one hand, high speed and precision are required for industrial networks at production sites. On the other hand, high-level security is required for connection to host IT systems. This results in a significant barrier to interconnectivity of networks.
In these circumstances, the NX1 Series has been designed to collect synchronised data from sensors, servomotors, and units mounted to the controller within the same fixed cycle time thanks to Omron’s multicore technology that provides machine control and at the same time executing high-speed data processing tasks. This controller can send the collected data to the host IT system while maintaining control performance. Three industrial Ethernet ports – EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT ports – and an OPC UA server interface for IIoT for industrial automation and information technology are housed in a compact design with a width of 66mm. This connectivity allows use of IT at production sites and easy and secure connection to host IT systems. The database connection model*3 can directly store production data in databases without using PC or middleware, enabling real-time and reliable traceability of all products and helping improve quality control.
Further improve quality, enhance safety measures
The NX1 Series in combination with the NX-HAD4 High-speed Analogue Input Unit can be used for inspections by high-speed sampling of analogue data, which previously required the use of special inspection machines. Connected with the NX-SL5 Safety CPU Unit, the NX1 Series integrates safety control of production lines and machines. The integrated safety and modularised safety control programs eliminate the need for re-programming when the line layout is changed. Flexible production and safety can be achieved.
*1. The NX-HAD4 High-speed Analogue Input Unit was released in May 2018.
*2. NX-SL5 Safety CPU Unit will be available soon.
*3. The database connection model will be available soon.
*4. Based on Omron investigation in April 2018.
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