Moore’s Law – the observation that computing power doubles approximately every two years – can be applied in amended form to a whole range of products and technologies. The cars we drove 15 years ago look positively old-fashioned today, while a desktop PC that was the new century’s latest development (remember Windows 2000?) is now
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 includes a pair of our LD robots which will transfer the personalized medals that will be made for each visitor between the different cells on the line.
Visitors will be able to follow their own medals at they are produced and move through the line. French president Emmanuel Macron will open the line and receive the first medal. One wonders what he will choose for his gold medal: best president or as a keen tennis player perhaps Wimbledon champion.
You can see an animation (in French) of the Connected Factory below:
The Connected Factory demonstration gives some insight into the challenges facing manufacturers. Personalization, such as the visitors medals, requires a highly flexible production line capable of delivering the holy grail of manufacturing: ‘Lot size 1’.
Our LD robots are a key enabler of the Connected factory as they enable a more flexible and agile operation, rather than the traditional linear production lines. This allows faster changeovers and support for different products and processes in a single production line.
In addition to the Connected factory demonstration, we will also be demonstrating a complete hardware and software solution together with leading system integrator Capemini at stand 3H19. The complete solution, which combines hardware from Omron with Capgemini’s secure cloud and data mining services, selects only relevant data for analysis, allowing smart equipment monitoring with a goal of zero defects and improved operational efficiency.
And you can also find us at the IO.link collective stand (4S49), and the OPC Foundation Stand (3E28), where we will be demonstrating our commitment to open standards and smart, secure data transfer, respectively.
We look forward to seeing you at the event. And please, do let us know what you choose for your medal!