Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0

A practical illustration of IoT and Industry 4.0

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a relatively new phenomenon. Prof Dr Thomas Pospiech, a teacher of Production and Process Management at Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences, was interviewed recently about the ‘IoT box’ he’s developed to give his students a practical illustration of this fairly abstract concept. The professor was asked to develop a
Industry 4.0

3 Steps to Optimize Operational Efficiency for the Future of Manufacturing

Operational Excellence is required to maximize capital expenditures. But at the same time manufacturers are challenged to move away from traditional high volume, low mix production runs, to more complex high mix, low volume production with consumer demand linked directly with production. How to optimize operational efficiency to be ready for the future of manufacturing?
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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
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
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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
Artificial Intelligence

Smart machines: laying the golden egg?

Greater manufacturing efficiency: it’s the golden egg we’re all looking for. But it’s getting increasingly hard to find. The solution could be smarter automation, which involves lots and lots of data (‘big data’) and data collection and data-driven modelling. The smart machine then uses the models to automatically adjust its own behaviour (i.e. machine learning).
Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence and the factory of the future

The discussion about ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI) in manufacturing is now gaining momentum. This is mainly due to the availability of greater processing power and increasing volumes of data (the ‘sensorisation’ of the industry). A key factor that will help manufacturers to gain the maximum benefit from these recent advances is the use of adaptive algorithms.
Industry 4.0

LD robots steal the show at Global Industrie Connected Factory

At the Global Industry exhibition in 2018, more than seventy equipment manufacturers have come together to build a 1,000 m2 working demonstration of a connected factory. Omron’s contribution to the production line included a pair of our LD robots which transfer the personalized medals that will be made for each visitor between the different cells