Omron to launch new condition-monitoring devices

Omron says it plans to launch a new range of condition-monitoring devices which will enable users to “visualize facility conditions not seen before”.

Omron says the four series of condition-monitoring devices will allow workers to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites.

They are:

  • motor condition-monitoring devices that predict a failure of three-phase induction motors;
  • power supplies equipped with networking capability that can predict the service life and failures of a power supply installed in a control panel;
  • flow sensors and pressure sensors that monitor hydraulic oil and cooling water used for press machines and molding machines; and
  • a smart condition-monitoring amplifier that accelerates IoT of existing analog sensors installed in facilities or machines.

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Omron says its table tennis-playing robot is first of its kind in the world

Omron has made further advancements in its table tennis robot, Forpheus, which the company continues to develop further each year to showcase in an easy-to-understand manner the evolution of its “Sensing & Control + Think” technology and the human-machine harmony that it targets with this. 

Omron says it has now pushed the evolution of Forpheus into becoming a robot with which beginners through to advanced players can enjoy table tennis rallies, adding serve functionality and smash-handling functionality.

Most notably, with two onboard robots at work, Forpheus becomes now the world’s first robot to have the ability to toss the ball and hit a serve.  Continue reading Omron says its table tennis-playing robot is first of its kind in the world

Omron launches new integrated controller

 

Omron has launched its new NJ/NY-series NC Integrated Controller, which the company says “boosts productivity of processing machines”.

The NC Integrated Controller provides G-Code functionality and numerical control functionality, enabling high-precision complex profiling and increasing the production capacity of processing machines.

With changes in consumers’ needs and advancement of technologies, products with more diverse and complicated shapes and materials are now increasing while product lifecycles are becoming shorter.  Continue reading Omron launches new integrated controller

Omron to launch 144 products in two categories for factory automation

 

Omron is preparing to launch 144 models in two categories of factory automation.

The new products will be formally released on October 2, 2017.

The company says this is the fourth wave of factory automation control devices built on a common design platform for unified product specifications, designed for innovation in control panel building.  Continue reading Omron to launch 144 products in two categories for factory automation

Omron to acquire Microscan Systems

Industrial automation company Omron has agreed to acquire Microscan Systems, a provider of code scanning and decoding technology for industrial applications.

Omron says it is planning to further advance the control of manufacturing equipment and production lines, using internet of things to “connect virtually all objects on a manufacturing floor”, including components and machines.

The completion of the acquisition is scheduled for early October of 2017.  Continue reading Omron to acquire Microscan Systems

Omron releases two new barometric sensors for mobile devices

Two new MEMS-based barometric pressure sensors from Omron Electronic Components Europe are specifically designed to support height and pressure measurement in drones, smartphones, pedometers and other battery powered mobile systems.

The new Omron 2SMPB-02B and 2SMPB-02E sensors provide stable and reliable height and pressure measurements, says the company, allowing changes in elevation of as little as 2 metres to be reliably recorded.

Developed as an evolution of the successful blood pressure gauge, the new sensors have been specifically remodelled for mobile applications and are smaller at just 2.0 x 2.5 x 0.85mm in size.  Continue reading Omron releases two new barometric sensors for mobile devices

Omron develops AI-equipped machine automation controller

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Omron says it has developed a machine automation controller equipped with a machine learning artificial intelligence algorithms.

The company claims it is the first of its kind in the industry.

Omron says the AI-equipped controller achieves real-time integration between a programmable logic controller function, which controls production lines and equipment changing in microseconds on factory floors, and an AI processing function.

Using Omron’s extensive range of sensors to monitor the status of equipment and processes, the controller safely regulates them before an irregularity can occur by predicting unusual movements of machinery based on the causal model that the built-in AI has been made to learn.  Continue reading Omron develops AI-equipped machine automation controller

Learning through play: Omron shows off table tennis-playing robot

For some time, practitioners of mind sports have been grappling with artificial intelligence (AI). Computer brains have already beaten the best human players in chess and Go.

The picture is quite different for sports that require both mental and physical skills. Physical interaction with a human is an enormous challenge for developers of intelligent robots.

Omron, one of the world’s leading companies in industrial automation, has successfully taken on this challenge.

The company is currently in Hannover to show how the third generation of Forpheus, a table tennis robot, adds artificial intelligence to its core skills of sensor and control technology.  Continue reading Learning through play: Omron shows off table tennis-playing robot

Omron launches website to promote AI-equipped mobile robots

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Omron has unveiled a promotional website for the artificial intelligence-equipped autonomous vehicles for logistics. 

The Omron Mobile Robot LD Series is a family of what the company calls “autonomous intelligent vehicles”, or AIVs, which it says is a “significant step towards achieving human-machine harmony in manufacturing”.

Since the LD Series was announced in October last year, customers from a number of industries, ranging from automotive and electronics to foods and pharmaceuticals, have begun deploying the mobile robots in their manufacturing facilities.  Continue reading Omron launches website to promote AI-equipped mobile robots

Omron launches ‘AI-equipped’ mobile robot for logistics

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Omron Adept has launched what it says is an artificial intelligence-equipped mobile robot.

The new vehicle was developed for indoor use by the company’s US subsidiary, Omron Adept Technologies.

Omron says it will release two variations of the Mobile Robot LD Platform in 33 countries simultaneously on January 20, 2017, as a “step toward realizing harmony between humans and machines in the field of manufacturing”.  Continue reading Omron launches ‘AI-equipped’ mobile robot for logistics

Omron to showcase 16,000 factory automation products

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One of the world’s leading robotics and automation systems manufacturers, Omron, says it will introduce a total of 15,583 models in seven categories in its second wave of factory automation control devices built on a common design platform for unified product specifications.

Omron says it has been continuing to work for the innovation of making control panels which house and control factory automation devices on the production front line.

The company unified the design and size of factory automation devices, and introduced products in April 2016 which are built with the company’s proprietary wiring technology “Push-In Plus Terminal Block” for device and control panel makers in need of “downsizing and space-saving” of factory automation devices and control panels, “expedited delivery”, and “response to globalization”.  Continue reading Omron to showcase 16,000 factory automation products

Omron develops new industrial computing platform

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Company says will make production sites integrated and intelligent

Omron is planning to release its new Industrial PC (IPC) platform in August. The company says the system will “innovate manufacturing through IoT utilization and high-speed, high-precision automation”.

The IPC is a PC architecture-based platform that meets strict quality standards required for factory automation devices and can be supplied stably on a long-term basis.

Omron assists manufacturers to make production equipment smarter by utilizing IoT and big data through the IPC.  Continue reading Omron develops new industrial computing platform

Omron launches new range of industrial robots

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Japanese electronics company expands product range by making move into robotics

Omron has launched a new series of industrial robots. The release includes 49 robots developed by Omron Adept Technologies. All products are to be made available in 39 countries around the world, says the company.

The robots have been integrated with Omron’s family of sensors, safety components and NX/NJ series machine automation controllers to “simplify the introduction of robots in a production environment”, says the company.

Omron’s combination of software and control architecture is designed to addresses the factory automation challenges arising from producing a high variety mix of products with short product lifecycles that require rapid production line changeovers.  Continue reading Omron launches new range of industrial robots