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Published on 2019-05-06 15:56:30 UTC in Operational Excellence
Flexible and fast responses to changes in market dynamics improve performance. Made-for-me production flows are the future of manufacturing coherent with Industry 4.0. A reality that Omron already provides today through its cutting edge iAutomation approach. Turning factory floor data into highly valuable information, we realize intelligent automation solutions for manufacturers around the globe.
In our roadmap to intelligent and autonomous production we make a clear distinction between three stages. Stage one being transforming data into information, stage two covering moving from information to action, and stage three concentrating on intelligent production where we actively make use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in control systems to take autonomous decisions. Facilitating efficient, safe and flexible manufacturing, producers avoid machine stops and waste, and maximize performance and product quality.
Highly automated solutions including robotics
Mass customization is a key trend nowadays and acquiring more flexibility in the production line a must. Quick changeovers that enable variations in e.g. colour, flavour, shape, size, or print must be produced with high quality and within reasonable costs. By deploying adaptive and dynamic production a factory tailors current production lines to this new production environment. It can be realized with highly automated solutions including robotics. A unique combination of expertise that makes Omron the premium partner for manufacturers who seek a full solution provider with a proven international track record.
Modular set-up for mass customization
A modular production set-up is key to flexible manufacturing. Traditional linear production depends heavily on human input. Mass customization requires high speed production for efficiency. Speed that can only be realized by allowing humans and collaborative robots to do what they do best in harmony. No more repetitive, heavy or dangerous work for people. And Automation and Robotization open up the way to upskill the workforce. Upskilling the workforce makes their job quality better and saves employers significant costs in related H&S risks. Smart human-machine interaction enables a fully automated and dynamic production environment that takes manufacturing into the future, today.
This article is part of the Omron's series of publications entitled 'OEE & me' and covers 'Go with Adaptive and Dynamic production!'.
How to Maximize the Production Line Flexibility for Food and Beverage Industry?
Have a look at this 2-minute video by Patricia Torres from Hannover Messe and see how the combination of precise control together with mobile robots and collaborative robots can help manufacturers do more with the same space.
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Patricia is Industry Marketing Manager Food and Commodities Solutions at Omron Industrial Automation Europe.
February 11, 2019
Omron's series of 'OEE & me'-publications offers manufacturers, machine builders, and system integrators a convenient, complete and up-to-date guide to state-of-the-art OEE solutions. Practical insights that clearly explain what these new industrial automation solutions can do for your business. We will focus on topics like Staying Competitive (machine condition monitoring, autonomous production flows, and machine stops), Quality Control & Regulations (perfect packaging, managing waste, and avoiding contamination), and Mass Customization (avoiding idle time and production disruptions).
May 06, 2019
Today's market requires an increasingly agile production environment. Traditional industrial automation and robots are often too inflexible to successfully accomplish mass customization. Omron is enabling smart Industry 4.0 scenarios with a rare combination of intelligent automation solutions and robotics. Perfecting seamless human-robot collaboration and making more and more use of AI-driven possibilities, we assist manufacturers in realizing rock solid results with flexible production and robotics.
May 06, 2019
You know the routine. Switching from one product to another on your production line means a costly full stop, making all kinds of changes, starting up again, discarding the materials and packaging already fed into the line together with start-up rejects, and only then can production resume. Well, have we got good news for you: smart sensing for multiple materials!