Technological Areas that We Venture into
Creating New Value by Evolving and Expanding Core Technologies
OMRON has evolved its core technologies of “Sensing,” “Control,” and “+Think,” which incorporate human wisdom and knowledge into machines as AI technology does, in our own unique way, as we combine them for social implementation in the forms of products and services.
Going forward, we will continue evolving our core technologies, while utilizing disruptive technologies that may arise along the way, to keep creating new value.
4 Areas of Technological Focus
Existing robots still have a long way to go before we can say they fit into our daily lives.
If we use robots to perform tasks at a certain level, we still need to take safety measures to ensure that no one is hurt by, for example, controlling speed or torque or setting safety fences.
It is not easy to teach movements.
We learn about the way people move based on behavioral observation and human anatomy, and we teach robots to move and function just as we teach people. We are taking on the challenge of creating a new concept robot.
Sensing is a technology employed by sensors which convert force, speed, and other physical quantities into electric signals. It also refers to a procedure of processing electric signals into “meaningful information.”
The “meaningful information” which our sensing technology yields continues to expand to include information for a greater variety of parameters, such as conditions and symptoms, in addition to the detection and recognition of the objects being sensed.
Our challenge now is how to gather such information with ease and without placing any extra burden on users.
As renewable energy and electric vehicles increase in popularity and become more widespread, and product lines become increasingly automated, power electronics assumes even greater importance.
OMRON is among the first to work on advanced technologies that cover a broad spectrum, from reducing the noise of high-speed switching circuits using the GaN power devices, to advancing power control, to innovating the design process through CAE. In pursuit of the highest levels of conversion efficiency and miniaturization in the industry, OMRON has dedicated itself to achieving carbon neutrality through greater use of natural energy and power loss reduction.
AI and Data Analysis
We are working on AI and data analysis technology to advance sensing technology—which is equivalent to a machine’s five senses—and robotics technology that embodies the physicality of machines and realizes the brains of a machine which serve as the control tower for these technologies.
Through the development of AI and data analysis, we seek to realize human-centric automation by way of “efficiently extracting data that humans need to reach a decision,” “discovering clues to extract necessary information from signals that may be buried in noise,” and “predicting the future from diverse data.”