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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
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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).
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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.
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Forpheus and Dimitrij Ovtcharov train together!

At Hannover Messe, Forpheus’ guest opponent, table tennis champion Dimitrij Ovtcharov, put the robot through its paces. Dimitrij became the world’s number one player in 2017, but perhaps even he can learn something from Forpheus! Especially, as Forpheus has some new tricks to its game that can help its ability as a training robot. Ultimate Hannover Messe Experience Our showcase
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The robots are coming

While stationary robots are well-established and important parts of many factories and production plants, mobile platforms and manipulators will become an integral part of your factory of the future. Bruno Adam, our Mobile Business Director Europe, answers how the manufacturing process is evolving and why factories, driven by greater product customisation, will move from traditional
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The future of Autonomous Driving

Next level human-machine harmony Omron’s Driver Monitoring Sensor for autonomous driving has been designed for a future in which a car acts optimally in accordance with the driver’s state – enabling you to move safely and securely. It underlines our vision for a better future society and the role that our advanced technology can play
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Ping Pong Power at Hannover Messe

Our table tennis protégé, Forpheus, is more than just a fun demonstration of some of our current Sensing & Control + THINK technologies. It also illustrates how we are improving the relationship between machines and humans, representing another major step towards our vision of the future. Bringing Sensing & Control + THINK to life Forpheus
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Do you have the right dashboard to steer OEE?

Although we know OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) is a top priority for you, it is often difficult to create the right dashboard to accomplish real intelligent production. Our innovative Sensing & Control +Think solutions explore new approaches and exploit innovative changes for you to optimize performance, availability, and quality. We continuously work on user friendly technologies
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LD robots steal the show at Global Industrie Connected Factory

At this year’s Global Industry exhibition, 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 on
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LinusTechTips visits Omron Factory

In case you don’t know these guys: LinusTechTips provides news, articles, reviews and techguides about everything, err, technical.  Topics vary from SSD’s, videocards, mobile phones, televisions to 3D-printing. These guys are so technical that they don’t have a ‘normal’ website, but they host a pretty large forum. They also create a lot of videos and one
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3D printing redefined

Do you remember Terminator 2, where the shape-shifting robot rises from a pool of liquid? Well, that inspired the researchers from the company Carbon3D to change their perspective on 3D printing. Instead of printing layer for layer, this technology ‘grows’ the parts. Watch the video to get an impression. One of Carbon3D’s co-founders Joseph DeSimone, who