The future when mankind and machines are reconciled

Omron Industrial Automation at Hannover Messe 2017, Hall 9, booth F24

FORPHEUS is State-of-the-art technology that embodies the world of "harmony" where machines can bring out human ability. You can experience the future of mankind and machines that OMRON aims through a rally.

The name FORPHEUS comes from "Future Omron Robotics technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic theoretics". A coined term embodying OMRON's robot technologies based on its unique future prediction theory "SINIC theoretics". It is also a combination of "For" and "ORPHEUS (a bard in Greek mythology as a symbol of human creativity)", representing OMRON's attitude of bringing out human creativity and possibility.

OMRON assumes three stages, from the past to the future, in a relationship between humans and machines. The 1st stage is one of "replacement" by machines of tasks that need not be done by human. The Omron history mirrors this history, as we introduced factory automation, automated ticket gates, and other inventions.

The 2nd stage is "collaboration" between humans and machines, which is currently progressing in the world. An example of this is a production line where humans and robots work together, each performing the most suitable task to increase productivity. Another example is the Omron collision-prevention technology that supports our vision of a collision-free mobile society.

And now, the relationship is reaching to the 3rd stage, "harmony" between humans and machines, that extends human capabilities. As machines become a more integral part of society, humans will enjoy machine support in a number of new and different ways that extend the potential of human capabilities. As with FORPHEUS, machines will emerge in every domain that can bring out human capabilities and possibilities.

FORPHEUS keeps evolving with the state-of-the-art technologies as a symbol of a relationship between mankind and machines in the future.


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About Omron
Omron Corporation is a leading industrial automation company that leverages its core sensing & control technologies to expand into businesses, such as control components, electronic components, automotive electronic components, social infrastructure, healthcare, and the environment. Omron was established in 1933, and has around 38,000 global employees, offering products and services in over 110 nations and regions. In the industrial automation business, Omron is contributing to making an affluent society by offering automation technologies which drive innovation in manufacturing as well as products and customer support. For more detail,

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