How can manufacturers increase efficiency with the help of artificial intelligence and robotics? How can companies remain competitive, whilst improving safety and quality? Visitors to Hannover Messe, one of the world's largest trade shows that will take place from April 1-5th 2019, can find the answers at industrial automation expert Omron’s booth F24 in hall 9, where innovative interaction between human and machine is one of the key topics. Omron’s innovative-Automation! concept presents a holistic approach for the flexible production lines of the future. The upgraded AI-equipped Forpheus table tennis tutor robot, Omron’s robotic bin picking solution that combines a collaborative robot, mobile robot and 3D vision, as well as world’s first AI machine controller solution, will also be on show. Flexible solutions for growing industrial challenges “Manufacturers have to ensure the highest quality and comprehensive traceability across the production line and supply chain, in parallel with the need to make production more flexible, faster and more customizable than ever before. On top of this, they are currently facing the challenge of balancing external issues such as skilled labor shortages, sustainability and increased regulatory requirements with their production processes and business objectives. This is where Omron's technology solutions come in: we develop solutions that unleash and augment human potential,” said Dr. Klaus Kluger, General Manager Central Eastern Europe at Omron. “The networking of human and machine in the age of artificial intelligence is a core topic at this year's Hannover Messe. Underlining this approach, Omron will exhibit a portfolio of innovative solutions, including Edge-based AI control, that accelerate data collection, interpretation and intelligence, harmonizing the interaction between humans and machines, and enabling increased production flexibility,” Peter Cusack, Head of Strategic Marketing at Omron concludes. In a flexible manufacturing line demonstration at the booth, visitors can follow an entire production process from order entry to assembly, inspection and delivery. The combination of precision control together with mobile and collaborative robots enables the highest levels of manufacturing line flexibility to address consumer demand for increased customization, without the need to reconfigure a line. Omron’s demonstration comprehensively showcases vertical and horizontal integration of the company’s core technologies in sensing, safety, motion, robotics and control, based on open standards. innovative-Automation! provides synergy between Omron’s proven core competence in Sensing & Control + Think technologies, helping manufacturers optimize personalized products through flexible manufacturing and achieve higher OEE and maximum safety and quality.