Robotics

Human-Machine collaboration

Mobile robots speed production at new ‘smart factory’

Showcasing flexible production in real life, a new ‘Smart Factory’ in Norway uses a variety of robots in a system developed and implemented by system integrator Intek Engineering. A dozen Industrial robots, each in individual workstations or cells, perform different steps in the manufacturing process. However, to attain the high efficiency, safety, and convenience of
Human-Machine collaboration

What is the effect of Brexit on automation in the UK?

Automation can increase efficiency and reduce costs, for example in food & beverage manufacturing Currently, workers from the EU have the right to travel and work freely across European borders. However, key statistics of net migration from the Office of National Statistics in the UK, show that net migration to the UK has been significantly
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
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

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
Brand Protection

Late-stage customization in pharmaceutical manufacturing

As a result of serialization legislation, pharmaceutical manufacturers must now ensure that labels printed at a late stage contain all of the data required for compliance. This includes customizing product labels for certain markets, customers or products by adding variable data to labels or packaging. This avoids the need to stock individual packaging materials for
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
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).