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Omron delivers a practical illustration of industrial automation

June 2018 News

Omron Electronics South Africa recently hosted an event at its head office in Johannesburg where clients and the media had the opportunity to experience Industrie 4.0 first hand.

On display was the Omron Delta pick-and-place robot as well as the new industrial PC.

Pick-and-place operations are key to assembly line functions at modern industrial manufacturing facilities. With maximum precision and efficiency required to maintain optimal productivity, automated solutions, such as the Omron Delta Robot, is essential in meeting production targets.

Backed by the seamless integration of motion, robotics, vision, and safety, single control of multiple robots, and a wide selection of mechanical options, these industrial robot solutions are designed and equipped with various features that help meet customer needs and support a facility’s operational requirements.

The Delta line of Omron robots integrates into high-speed picking systems. With the combination of the high-performance Sysmac NJ controller and G5 servo motors, combined with the robot’s kinematics, users can easily achieve maximum outputs in pick-and-place applications. The controller allows for optimal precision and control of all associated motion devices through coordinated, independent, and synchronised motion. This is then made possible by easily programmable conveyors, as the system has a powerful command in place to specifically complete pick-and-place applications.

“With our ‘integrated’, ‘intelligent’ and ‘interactive’ concepts, we bring innovation to manufacturing sites through automation,” explained Omron field application engineer, Driaan Coetzer. “The Industrial PC platform (IPC) is a new control platform that delivers integrated and intelligent automation to production sites and equipment around the world. We are working on manufacturing innovation with manufacturers by developing our unique automation using a wide range of products including PLCs, IPCs and open industrial networks such as EtherCAT.”

The current trend is for innovative manufacturing through leveraging the IIoT, Big Data, and robotics. In order to collect data for preventive maintenance, PLCs are connected with a PC for office environments, which requires complex licence management and is supported only for a short time.

“Omron’s IPC has been designed from first principles to be powerful, reliable and scalable, making it ideally suited to visualisation, data handling, measuring and controlling,” noted Coetzer. “We have simplified the design and build to eliminate faults caused by complexity to maximise uptime and reduce costs. The future will be IT driven and Omron’s IPC platform will make users a part of it.”

So, what can customers expect from Omron in the future? “In the coming months Omron will expand its IPC range to include seventh generation Intel processors and move from a three down to a two-layer casing with a single layer option available. Advantages include faster processing speeds, smaller footprint and a reduced heat factor,” concluded Coetzer.



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