Start supplying the industry's first simulation software innovating equipment development by integrating robots and control equipment- Improving production capacity and short-term introduction of equipment through prior digital verification -

  • March 25, 2020

OMRON Corporation (HQ: Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, President and CEO: Yoshihito Yamada) will be the first in the industry(*1) to provide "Sysmac Studio 3D simulations" from April(*2) that can integrate and verify the movements of robots and peripheral devices that make up the facilities. By utilizing OMRON's extensive knowledge and technology of control equipment including robots, OMRON has succeeded in developing software that can reproduce the entire facility digitally and verify the operation with the same accuracy as that of an actual machine. Through this "Sysmac Studio 3D simulations," we will innovate our customers' work efficiencies and their facilities' production capacity.

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In recent years, in order to respond flexibly to the diversification of products and fluctuations in demand at manufacturing sites, manufacturing must be sophisticated, including rapid changes in production sites, shorter delivery times for equipment development by simultaneous start-up of production lines at multiple sites, and high-precision assembly. Meanwhile, there is a shortage of skilled engineers to realize these, and efforts are being made to facilitate facility design through advance verification using simulations.
However, since conventional simulators are dedicated software, they are expensive and require expertise. Furthermore, since a software differing from the controller controlling the facility is used for the simulation, it is difficult to match the simulation results with the actual machine operation. In addition, it has been difficult for robots which are increasingly being introduced as a solution to worker shortages to make high-precision simulations linked with peripheral equipment since dedicated controllers are needed for them.

"Sysmac Studio 3D Simulation" simplifies operational simulations of manufacturing facilities by simply adding optional licenses for simulation functions to the programming software "Sysmac Studio" of OMRON's flagship automation controller for machines "NJ/NX Series". By becoming the first in the industry to be able to control and verify robots and other peripheral equipment in a single operation, we will innovate the efficiency of facility design and the improvement of facility production capacity. Operational simulation can be performed with high accuracy and real-time since it is based on the emulator method.(*3) In addition, this system makes equipment digitally visible and enables preliminary verification of movements before it is actually started up, thus the time required to confirm the production capacity of the equipment, start-up, and modification is shortened. Furthermore, the operating status of the actual equipment is checked and monitored digitally after facility operation, thereby this system contributes to a shorter time to clarify the cause of abnormalities.

OMRON is working to innovate a variety of manufacturing sites under the strategic concept " 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)." In the future, by enabling robots and peripheral devices to be controlled and simulated with a single controller, we will accelerate the "integrated (control evolution)" and "intelligent (development of intelligence by ICT)" at the manufacturing site, which will be the key to realizing "innovative-Automation" and will dramatically improve productivity at the manufacturing site.

Main Features and Advantages of Integrated Software "Sysmac Studio 3D Simulation Function"

  • Enables the mechanical designer responsible for setting equipment specifications and the electrical designer responsible for facility control programming to discuss and design concurrently at an early stage of facility design. As a result, we will realize high production capacity and prevent errors and turn-back at the time of equipment startup, thus realizing short-term startup.

  • Real-time connections with actual equipment are not required because emulations in Sysmac Studio are used to run simulations. In addition, the facility's production capacity can be grasped digitally.

  • Realizes easy startup of the next facility through the reuse of digital past assets.

(*1)Industry first: Surveyed by OMRON in November 2019

(*2)Start supplying from April: Available for applications excluding robots in April. Response to robot simulations is scheduled shortly. Robots manufactured by OMRON are targeted.

(*3)Emulator method: A method using software to reproduce the motion of the robot of the actual machine or the automation controller for machine itself

About "innovative-Automation"

As a leader in industrial automation, OMRON has extensive lines of control components and equipment, ranging from vision sensors and other input devices to various controllers and output devices such as servomotors, 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.

About OMRON Corporation

As a leading company of automation centered on its proprietary Sensing & Control + Think technologies, OMRON Corporation is engaged in a wide range of businesses, including control equipment, electronic components, social systems, healthcare, and the environment. OMRON, founded in 1933, has approximately 30,000 employees worldwide and provides products and services in approximately 120 countries and regions. Refer to https://www.omron.com for more information.

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