Omron Corporation announced at automatica, the automation and robotics exhibition, that it will be introducing a new line of Scara robots, boasting sleek design and enhanced performance.
Named the “i4,” the new generation of Scara robot is claimed to save space during installation and allow easier configuration into existing production lines. The i4 is fast, repeatable, easy to operate and flexible for multiple configurations and applications, says the company.
Manufacturers around the world are facing major challenges in having to produce a high mix low volume of products and shorter product life cycles while dealing with labour shortage issues.
Therefore, manufacturing companies must maintain flexibility in quick changeovers and production line layout changes. They are also challenged by sudden stops, and more than ever need to meet the demands of high accuracy and speed during assembly processes.
To meet these challenges, the i4 line features better communication through EtherCAT, enabling synchronisation between other automation devices. This facilitates advanced assembly, inserting and mounting processes that require high accuracy and demanding throughput, as well as ensured quality control with vision integration.
Also, i4 visualises working data and supervises its status with the world’s first built-in signals for preventive maintenance, allowing users to mitigate unplanned downtime.
The features of the i4 makes it possible for this new Scara line to meet the demands of mass customisation, allowing manufacturers to produce high mixes of products at low volume to offer a wider array of goods to people.
The compact controller (iCS) is fully integrated into a stylised base, minimising footprint and less wiring with no flyover cable, and making the i4 effortless to install, says the company. The i4 also has the world’s first design of EtherCAT module, connected directly on the robot controller and arm, which allows users more flexibility in configuring the equipment, adds Omron.
The i4 series will run on interactive software that will make it easier to users to program and use the robots.
The i4 is the world’s first Scara robot with a built-in display designed to simplify troubleshooting and predictive maintenance. It communicates with users to reduce unscheduled downtime, using a light ring and display embedded into the base that indicates the right operations to perform at the right times.
The light rings serve as the world’s first robot “health” lighting indicator, informing users of its current mode, such as, “warranty update required.”
Omron’s new i4 has EtherCAT connectivity, which allows the i4 robots to communicate with other equipment in the production line.