Omron, a leader in global automation, has opened a new automation centre in Tokyo to encourage industry collaboration.
The Automation Technology Centre (ATC) is designed for customers to work with Omron to find solutions to their manufacturing issues.
First established in 2011, there are now 37 ATCs worldwide.
ATC-Tokyo is the world’s largest ATC and will become Omron’s flagship factory automation technology centre.
The facility features state-of-the-art production floors where customers can experience and test the latest factory automation that integrates Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, and other cutting-edge technologies.
At ATC-Tokyo, customers can see first hand manufacturing developments made possible by Innovative-Automation, Omron's unique manufacturing innovation concept that facilitates solutions to issues facing manufacturers around the world.
Customers are invited to test customised solutions to address issues they encounter on production floors.
They can access innovative technologies and applications created by combining more than 200,000 different types of Omron control devices.
A special seminar room is available for technical training.
And adjacent to the centre is the Tokyo POC Lab (POC-Tokyo), where customers can conduct demonstration tests in a simulated usage environment. There they can verify processes using various robots, such as collaborative robots and mobile robots, and other devices they want to test.
Also in the vicinity is a development function working on the latest technology, making ATC-Tokyo a one-stop co-creation solution centre where customers can not only experience cutting-edge manufacturing technologies but also demonstrate, learn skills for, and develop devices that they need.
According to Omron, manufacturing businesses are being challenged by rapid changes in social needs.
This has resulted in a transition toward low-volume, high-mix production, cultivation of skilled workers and simultaneous start-up of multiple locations. At the same time, AI, robotics and other technological innovations are accelerating the advancement of seeds.
Omron says it partners with its customers to come up with innovative solutions to their manufacturing issues and “help them to renovate the way they manufacture, solving social issues and enriching the lives of people the world over”.