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HANNOVER MESSE 2020, 20 - 24 April

Exhibitor Press Releases

OMRON ELECTRONICS

The ideal interaction between man and machine is one of the central themes of the Hannover Messe show which takes place 1-5 April 2019. The automation experts from Omron have put together five tips for companies that are considering the purchase of a mobile robot. The Omron robots, for example, can be found for example in the factory harmony demonstration, which the supplier will be presenting in hall 9 at stand F24 in addition to other innovations in artificial intelligence and human-machine collaboration. Why are powerful and agile robots so important to Industry 4.0? In modern manufacturing, product lifecycles are short and consumers demand customised solutions. To stay competitive, manufacturers need to be able to produce products down to a lot size of one as simply and cost-efficiently as in mass production. To accommodate these modern trends, manufacturing sites must be agile enough to change or update a production line at short notice. Manufacturers such as Omron are developing robots that interact seamlessly with other machines as well as humans. To relieve employees from repetitive tasks, for example the transport of materials can be taken care of by interactive machines, which work safely with people. A typical example is a mobile robot that moves goods within a factory, avoiding people and obstacles autonomously. When choosing such a technology, companies should start by asking themselves these five questions: 1. Can it be rapidly installed and adapted? In today’s faster-paced markets, conveyors have become expensive to install and very difficult, and even impossible, to modify when products or processes change. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) were introduced as an alternative to conveyors in material handling. However, AGVs still need to be given a predefined path, produced either by laying out magnets or lines on the floor or by placing beacons on the walls. One solution you should consider is the latest mobile robots, or Autonomous Intelligent Vehicles (AIVs). These can move about more freely and can also be easily reprogrammed according to the task. 2. Can it operate safely alongside people? In many factories, people and machines already work alongside each other, and even collaborate on tasks. Similarly, it’s essential that your mobile robot can work in the same environment as people. Traditionally, robots were fenced in and kept away from people but now they need to work co-operatively. Manufacturers need to find a mobile robot that has the most advanced and appropriate technology, so that it can move safely around people, as well as comply with domestic and international safety regulations. 3. Can it work collaboratively in a fleet? In most cases, there will be several mobile robots at work within a production facility. They need to be able to work together well, supported by a fleet management system that will automatically allocate tasks to each robot in the most efficient way. A good fleet management system will help to maximise your investment. It minimises the number of robots needed by coordinating them so that they share the tasks. The fleet management system manages two key elements. Firstly, it controls the traffic so that the mobile robots don’t block each other’s paths or wait too long for another robot to pass them. Secondly, it allocates the tasks in the most productive way. An effective system can even plan ahead and predict which nearby robot will be available to work on the next job. It’s also important to manage the time needed for each robot to recharge its battery, to ensure that a good flow is maintained during peak times. 4. Can it be easily adapted to meet specific needs? Just as people need different skills to accomplish different tasks, mobile robots must be able to be adapted for different types of jobs. For example, a mobile robot can be used to move items from a pick-up location to a drop-off location. It might then need to attach itself to a movable cart and transfer that from one place to another. Similarly, if it has a collaborative arm, it can be used to pick up individual items. Or again, it can be deployed so that it can receive items from and load them onto a conveyor belt. Therefore, it’s important that the mobile robot is easily customisable so that it can be modified it to fit differing needs. 5. Can it run reliably worldwide? Once the mobile robot system has been successfully implemented at one of the facilities, a manufacturer might want to duplicate this in other locations around the world. It is important to select a supplier that can provide the robots locally and support the implementation, as well as provide technical support after the installation. Furthermore, the vendor can play an extremely valuable role if they can help combine the mobile robots with other automation equipment – such as arm robots, controllers and switches – to help you to create a total solution. Dr. Klaus Kluger, General Manager Central Eastern Europe at Omron, comments: "Over the years, the face of manufacturing has changed considerably – and it continues to change. Now, we are entering a new phase, where machines are working more interactively with people. Companies such as Omron are looking towards the future of manufacturing by developing solutions that involve greater collaboration between machines and people. The new generation of mobile robots will help to ensure the future of manufacturing by enabling production sites to be much more agile, with flexible production lines that can adjust rapidly to meet changing consumer needs. This in turn will enable manufacturers to be more responsive, more productive and ultimately to enjoy greater profitability." Omron will be showcasing its robotics and AI innovations for a wide variety of industry requirements at the Hannover Messe 2019 (April 1-5) in Hall 9, Booth F24. === END === About "innovative-Automation!" As a leader in industrial automation, OMRON has extensive lines of control components and equipment, ranging from image-processing sensors and other input devices to various controllers and output devices such as servo motors, as well as a range of safety devices and industrial robots. By combining these devices via software, OMRON has developed a variety of unique and highly effective automation solutions for manufacturers worldwide. Based on its reservoir of advanced technologies and comprehensive range of devices, OMRON set forth a strategic concept called "innovative-Automation!" consisting of three innovations or "i's"--"integrated" (control evolution), "intelligent" (development of intelligence by ICT), and "interactive" (new harmonization between people and machines). OMRON is now committed to bringing innovation to manufacturing sites by materializing this concept. About Omron OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation based on its core technology of "Sensing & Control + Think." Established in 1933, OMRON has about 36,000 employees worldwide, working to provide products and services in more than 110 countries and regions. The company's business fields cover a broad spectrum, ranging from industrial automation and electronic components to automotive electronics, social infrastructure systems, healthcare, and environmental solutions. In the field of industrial automation, OMRON supports manufacturing innovation by providing?advanced automation technology and products, as well as through extensive customer support, in order to help create a better society. For more information, visit OMRON's website: http://www.industrial.omron.eu

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