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Omron automation targets build and programming speed C31, PPMA Show

As well as showing its full range of automation solutions, Omron will debut its FH high-speed compact vision system at PPMA 2014 (stand C31). Experts will also be on hand to demonstrate how seamless integration on the open Sysmac automation platform can cut leadtimes for machine builders, while allowing them and end users to keep their technology options open.

The FH vision system provides the highest image capture and processing speeds in its class – operating 10 times faster than conventional systems – as well as seamless integration with PLCs, motion controllers and robotic control systems. A Delta robot will also be in operation on the Omron stand, illustrating how complementary technologies can be controlled through Sysmac.

“Machine builders, like their customers, are increasingly looking for ‘plug and play’ integration of automation technologies, and Sysmac allows configurations to be easily modified or expanded,” says Product Marketing Manager for Automation Karl Walker. “Sysmac integrates motion, logic sequencing, vision, robotics, safety, data management, networking and machine visualisation, all in the same programming environment – it really makes machine automation a breeze to implement and operate.”

Traditionally, higher flexibility expectations have meant longer software programming times and higher costs. “But Omron’s use of a single Integrated Development Environment for software configuration and greater flexibility in programming languages mean that software development times have been dramatically cut,” says Walker. “Our goal would be to halve them, which would represent a massive cost saving for machine builders.”

All of these elements will be brought together on the stand in Omron’s Sysmac ‘wall’ demonstration. Visitors will be able to see how these integrated, open controls can be used to calculate vitally important metrics such as Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and connected with enterprise-level planning systems.

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