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.
The company says the common controls, integrated software architecture and development environment will meet current and future needs for ease of process design, flexible operation and predictable maintenance.
“The flexibility and agility of our solutions is ideal for industries such as food and beverage, automotive products and high technology,” says Omron in a statement.
The company adds that the global launch “demonstrates Omron’s ongoing focus on innovative solutions that advance manufacturing and productivity through integration of robots with sensing, control, motion and safety capabilities”.
The release of the three robot families (SCARA, Delta and Articulated), Omron says, “brings both high-speed performance and reliability to the mechanical side of the Omron solutions”.
All the robots are built to be controlled by a common integrated development environment which enables flexible use of robot types in line with required applications.
Omron industrial robot solutions are designed to link all robots with the machine control environment managed by the Sysmac automation platform.
“This approach improves the total throughput of the most demanding production lines overtaking the limitations of the traditional framework that uses conventional robots,” says the company.
The Automation Control Environment (ACE) contains application-oriented wizards that can “significantly minimize the amount of programming codes”, says Omron.
Users have access to a 3D emulation tool that significantly reduces the time to validate new automated processes.
Vision-guided robotics applications are supported by the ACE PackXpert for packaging lines.