Realizing “automation beyond human abilities” and “advanced collaboration between people and machines” by accelerating DX at manufacturing sites
OMRON Corporation (HQ: Shimogyo-Ku, Kyoto. President and CEO: Yoshihito Yamada) has announced the future course of “innovative-Automation”, OMRON’s manufacturing innovation concept, as the direction of manufacturing evolution for its next decade in light of the diversified and complex changes in the market environment and based on its past achievement of three “i’s” of automation.
OMRON aims for on-site innovation by embodying three goals of renewed automation concept: “Digital engineering transformation”, “Automation beyond human abilities,” and “Advanced collaboration between people and machines.”
Currently, manufacturers around the world are facing the challenge to renew and evolve manufacturing toward the post-COVID world. In addition to responding to technological innovations and changes in products and manufacturing methods, manufacturers’ emphasis is placed on the transformation of manufacturing processes that takes into consideration of the global environment represented by the SDGs, the diversification of people’s values, and the wellbeing of their employees. Since 2016, OMRON has solved the manufacturing issues of many customers through realizing its unique manufacturing innovation concept of innovative-Automation.
For achieving this new course of innovative-Automation, OMRON will enhance its collaboration with the customers to solve the issues of the manufacturing industry, which are becoming more diversified and complicated, with unique automation that realizes coexistence with the global environment and wellbeing of the employees.
According to Mr Takehito Maeda, MD, Industrial Automation Business, OMRON Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, “The concept of ‘innovative-automation’ has helped OMRON a lot in enhancing its presence in the industrial automation segment by solving manufacturing issues of many sectors across Asia Pacific such as automotive, food & beverage, FMCG, infrastructure & digital to name just a few. With this evolution, we are confident to contribute more via advanced technology solutions, better reach and improved service.”
<Three forms of the future manufacturing>
1. Manufacturing site innovation by “Digital engineering transformation”
At OMRON, simulations and remote monitoring using virtual technology played a major role in the development of our products and the maintenance of our manufacturing sites in terms of movement restrictions and access restrictions faced by the COVID-19 pandemic. OMRON believes that such on-site innovation based on Digital Experience (DX) is indispensable for the sophistication of manufacturing even in the post-COVID world and will strengthen the development of technologies and solutions that accelerate the DX evolution of manufacturing sites.
2. “Automation beyond human abilities,” Let the machine do what the machine can do
While manufacturers are faced with the difficulty of securing human resources, they are also under pressure to continuously improve production efficiency in order to fulfill their supply responsibilities and maintain and strengthen their competitiveness. In the concept of the “Automation beyond human abilities”, based on high-speed and high-precision control application technology, OMRON aims to innovate manufacturing sites where people can engage in creative work with feeling at ease by making full use of IoT, AI and robotics technology, and leaving the work that depended on people to the machine. In addition, with the automation that balances productivity and energy efficiency, OMRON will contribute to establish new manufacturing that meets the rapidly changing product needs while considering the global environment.
3. “Advanced collaboration between people and machines” that allows people to maximize their potentials.
Human dexterity and creativity are indispensable for manufacturing that responds to the diversification and personalization of product needs. It is necessary for the evolution of manufacturing to maximize human abilities. OMRON aims to develop new manufacturing that allows people to maximize their potential and experience growth and motivation by making people as a leading role while advancing the substitution from people to machines. Leaving the heavy labor and simple repetitive work to robots, machines support human proficiency, and in the event of a sudden trouble, people and robots shall cover each other. OMRON aims to realize a manufacturing site where workers can enjoy their work and enjoy manufacturing, and at the same time achieve high productivity by embodying the concept of the “Advanced collaboration between people and machines”.