Vision

Brand Protection

Barcodes: keeping track of product quality

For many years, barcode technology has proved to be an economical and flexible identification technology. It has continued to develop and as a result, 1D and 2D codes (such as Datamatrix) are now used almost universally. Their versatility have made them a popular choice for streamlining many key supply chain processes, including production, logistics 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

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

Are you ready for inspection?

by Jan Nieswandt, EMEA Product Marketing Manager for Vision & RFID, Omron Quality inspections are a critical requirement for all manufacturing and packaging lines. Being able to identify defective products before they are shipped to customers can bring significant savings in both time and money. It prevents costly product recalls, wasted production and potentially expensive
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).
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.