Factory Automation

Launched in fiscal 2017, OMRON’s new medium-term management plan, VG2.0, has defined four focus domains. One of these is Factory Automation (FA), which enrich people’s lives over the world. The Industrial Automation Business (IAB) is the main segment that drives business in this domain. IAB provides innovation in manufacturing by leveraging a unique and extensive product line to provide breakthrough solutions beyond the capabilities of our competitors. Moving forward, IAB’s focus will be on four areas that promise particularly high levels of growth: automobiles, digital, food/commodity, and social infrastructure. IAB will accelerate its strategic concept of innovative-Automation to implement rapid growth.

Social Issues

Labor shortages and diversification in manufacturing

The world of manufacturing is entering a period of transition in terms of technical innovation, serious labor shortages, and other challenges. The world is facing major societal issues: The advanced countries are already dealing with shortages of skilled workers due to advanced aging. In fact, the Japanese labor force is expected to shrink by more than 30 million workers over the next 40 years. At the same time, the emerging economies are dealing with soaring wage increases. Given these changes, initiatives are under way to disperse manufacturing locations, alter production methods, and increase the sophistication of manufacturing technologies. OMRON is deeply engaged in addressing these societal challenges by providing automation to introduce the new future of manufacturing.

OMRON’S Initiatives

Contributing to economic development through social productivity improvements

OMRON introduces innovations in manufacturing that contribute to the improvement of customer productivity. By extension, this leads to productivity improvements in society. To continue these achievements, OMRON is deeply committed to leading-edge technologies in Al, loT, and robotics. In April 2017, OMRON released the industry’s first AI-equipped controller. The controller can learn on its own based on accumulated field data, predicting product defects and facility malfunctions. Sensors monitor the operational status of each piece of equipment on production lines continuously. The AI-equipped controller analyzes this information to prevent unexpected problems before they arise. OMRON has already conducted a series of tests to validate this technology, both at its customers’ factories and its own facilities. OMRON’s plans call for commercializing the technology and providing support services starting in 2018. OMRON is also moving forward with the critical work of making its lineup of nearly 100,000 products loT-capable.

As the frontrunner in the factory automation industry, OMRON will continue contributing to the enrichment of people’s lives around the world by providing the kind of unique value that is beyond the reach of our competitors.

Goals for Fiscal 2020

New products leading to innovative-Automation! in four focus industries
~Create control technologies for manufacturing innovation~

Relevant Sustainable Development Goal

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Social Value