Technology

Human-Machine collaboration

Nokia Oulu factory boosts automation thanks to Omron robots and private LTE network

Nokia factory in Oulu, Finland manufactures and designs the production processes for a variety of telecommunication products like base stations that, once optimized, can be transferred and scaled to other production facilities worldwide. With new products flowing in monthly to be tested, including future 5G products, changes to the factory floor layout are constant and
Human-Machine collaboration

Collaborative robots: forging a new future

In today’s ever-changing world, manufacturers are facing increasingly heavy demands. Factories worldwide are having to produce a high mix, low volume of products to meet customer needs, whilst also dealing with shorter product life cycles and shortages of labour.  To remain competitive, manufacturers must be sufficiently agile to cope with rapid changes in lines and
Brand Protection

How to secure FMCG supply chains with traceability?

The traceability of food and drink products throughout the production and distribution process can be a complex issue. For example, alcoholic drink producers need systems that enable them to comply with local regulations regarding food traceability, as well as tax legislation. The need for precise traceability In Russia, vodka producers have to comply with a
Human-Machine collaboration

Autonomous bin picking with a collaborative mobile robot

Our TM collaborative robot provides a unique solution to easily automate applications such as picking and packing that, traditionally performed by humans, have been challenging to automate. As part of the TM series launch, we also released a mobile-compatible model, which seamlessly integrates into Omron’s LD series autonomous mobile robot. Combined with a 3D vision
Artificial Intelligence

Predictive maintenance becomes top priority in manufacturing

Reliable, safe and high-quality manufacturing is the key for operational excellence. Manufacturers need to safely predict problems in their manufacturing processes to prevent production stops or quality losses. In this context, Artificial Intelligence is a key technology offering advanced solutions for predictive maintenance and quality in automotive manufacturing. Large amounts of data need to be
Artificial Intelligence

Edge, Fog and Cloud clarified

What do the terms Edge, Fog and Cloud mean in relation to artificial intelligence in industrial manufacturing? They are actually different layers of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). Here is a quick overview on how we at Omron describe these terms in relation to AI, using an analogy with a nervous system. Edge: Spinal
Artificial Intelligence

FORPHEUS returns to Hannover Messe

For this year’s Hannover Messe, which takes place 1-5 April, we have further developed our “Sensing & Control + THINK” solutions including artificial intelligence for automation – starring the now even smarter FORPHEUS 5.0, the world’s first certified, Guinness-accredited robotic table tennis tutor. FORPHEUS is back in Hannover, equipped with new features that produce a
Artificial Intelligence

Improve OEE with Artificial Intelligence at the Edge in Food Manufacturing

How can food & beverage manufacturers benefit from the latest machine control technology? Implementation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in food manufacturing is picking up speed. Many F&B companies are realizing that AI presents an opportunity to increase not only the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – and therefore combine reduced costs with increased productivity – but
Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 – hot topic or hot air?

Industry 4.0 is defined by Wikipedia as “the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies”. But what does that mean for you and your customers? And it isn’t really a new topic. At Omron, we’ve been working on manufacturing automation and data exchange for years. While Industry 4.0 might still be a
Brand Protection

Legacy of machine vision

Did you know that for more than 40 years, Omron has developed vision sensing technologies for factory automation, surveillance and transport systems, and more recently for facial recognition and image processing for mobile phones, and even driver monitoring for autonomous driving? In addition, through targeted acquisitions and development, we have recently made significant advancements in