18 Oct 2018
Omron to offer “proof of concept” to customers with eight Innovation Labs across Europe
Omron – one of the world´s leading suppliers of industrial automation – is proud to open the doors of eight new Innovation Labs in Europe. These labs enable manufacturers to experience the benefits of having a connected, automated and intelligent factory, optimized with the latest automation and robotics technologies, in addition to proof of concept testing for new environments.
Omron engineers will work together with customers, sharing engineering skills and knowledge to master those new technologies. Each new Innovation Lab will include a range of innovative technologies including fixed and mobile robotics systems. The goal of these labs is to better prepare manufactures for today’s Smart Manufacturing opportunities and explore the use of advanced artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of things (IoT) and robotics for their operation, especially those in the food & commodities, packaging and automotive industries as well as those involved with mechanical and plant engineering.
Customers’ own production needs explored
The new Innovation Labs address the particular needs of an individual customer in local language. They provide concrete evidence that integrated robotics and automation can reduce costs, enhance quality, and increase productivity. The aim is to create a “proof of concept” for the customer, one that can be tangibly implemented in production. In effect the Innovation Labs bridge the gap between theory and practice. Each lab includes several robot cells with SCARA and six-axis robots, which are supported by a mobile robot to demonstrate intralogistics processes.
“Proof of concept” developed together with customers
The European Automation Technology Center (ATC) in Barcelona continues to raise awareness of the benefits of industrial automation. Now the Innovation Labs will show individual customers how their own existing production set-ups can benefit from integrated robotics and automation. This means testing things out together, to see whether the solution actually works in a practical environment. Omron will essentially provide a ‘proof of concept’ that enables customers to see for themselves how to implement integrated robotics and automation. With these new Innovation Labs Omron enables their customer to seize the advantages of Smart Manufacturing as part of its commitment to bringing innovation to manufacturing sites that are integrated" (control evolution), "intelligent" (development of intelligence by ICT), and "interactive" (new harmonization between people and machines)”.
The first five Innovation Labs will be up and running by October 2018 and two more will be opened soon after. Locations include Stuttgart in Germany, Milan in Italy, Madrid in Spain, Milton Keynes in the UK, Tychy in Poland, Istanbul in Turkey, and Annecy in France. These seven new Innovation Labs join the Nordic Automation Center, located in Malmo, Sweden, which has been successfully providing a similar role since October 2017.
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Notes for editors
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 36,000 global employees, offering products and services in over 117 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, industrial.omron.eu.
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.