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Virtual exhibition showcases the factory of the future

We have launched a virtual exhibition allowing customers to experience the latest technologies that can be used to achieve industrial transformation.

The virtual exhibition from OMRON enables visitors to walk through a 360 degree virtual tour, guiding them around ‘the factory of the future’ – one in which different innovations have been introduced to increase flexibility, enhance efficiency and boost productivity.

The solutions that are highlighted in the tour include robotics, vision and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. These are all based around OMRON’s ‘innovative-Automation’ concept, which seeks to revitalise the manufacturing industry by enhancing co-operation and understanding between machines and people, using intelligent, integrated and interactive solutions.

The demonstrations in this exhibition show how people and machines can work together in a new type of harmony, by illustrating how manufacturing innovations can be put to practical use in collaborative production. Innovations such as those shown can be used to improve the lives of both factory workers and consumers, and contribute towards building a better society.

From FORPHEUS to the factory floor

When entering the tour, visitors can meet FORPHEUS, OMRON’s table tennis tutor robot. The robot seamlessly integrates vision, control, robotics and AI technologies. It shows how machines can work collaboratively with people, with both sides learning from each other so that they can achieve their full potential.

This introduction is followed by a demonstration of how the technology used in FORPHEUS can transform the factory floor. Visitors are shown an intelligent cell production line that combines AI with the Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D vision, intelligent sensing and control, and robotics, with the aim of optimising production and minimising errors.

Visitors can then experience 3D bin picking, which is used to automate complex picking operations during assembly. The tour continues with demonstrations of safe machine tending with cobots, AI inspection of potential defects in products, and the high-precision alignment of items. It concludes with a demonstration of laser machining technology, which can improve laser processing times by over 35%.

A peek into the future

Fernando Colas, General Director Marketing at OMRON Europe, comments: “While many trade shows cannot take place in these difficult times, we wanted to bring our latest technology to customers in the virtual exhibition and give them the opportunity to experience the factory of the future online, wherever they are. This underlines the commitment of OMRON to further advancing and promoting the future of productive manufacturing.”

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