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Omron Product Spotlight: Sysmac NJ Machine Automation Controller ad image 2

Sysmac NJ Machine Automation Controller (MAC) integrates logic, motion, vision, and I/O control with exacting system synchronization to deliver high performance throughput on a single controller. One real-time network exchanges data for all the system components, and one software shortens setup time.

Order Omron's New Solution Selection Guide 2011-2012
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Explore Omron Industrial Automation's full line of products in the new 2011-2012 Solution Selection Guide. This 480-page guide will walk you through everything from sensors to full automation solutions, and provide quick links to each product on our website,

Omron's Accurax G5 Servo Drives Available for High-Speed, Precise Motion Control ad image 3

Compact Accurax G5 Servo Drives deliver accurate rotary motion control from 50 W to 15 kW and offer built-in EtherCAT motion network and Safe Torque Off (STO) to reduce hardware costs and simplify installation. G5 servomotors offer a range of shaft options for a complete motion control solution.

PBC Linear's Uni-Guide™ Linear Slides—Self-Lubricating and Maintenance Free ad image 4

Utilizing the FrelonGOLD® bearing material, the Uni-Guide Linear slide systems extend the life of automation projects while eliminating the need for added external lubrication.  These slides can be driven with lead screws, ball screws, or belt drive. 

Omron STI introduces the OS32C to its Safety Laser Scanner lineup ad image 5

Omron STI's OS32C is the world's most compact, lightweight and low-power safety laser scanner. Its 104.5 mm profile, light 1.3 kg weight and low 5 W power consumption combine with innovative features such as highly flexible and easily configurable detection zones to make the OS32C a powerful safety solution.

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Public Access to eLearning is Now Available on Omron247! ad image 5

Get 24/7 access to Omron's eLearning portal ( Featuring 10 introductory courses in eight different languages—on types, functions and general knowledge of factory automation equipment. Online training materials are available so you can study at your own pace.

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Automation World FEBRUARY 23, 2012
Omron Global Support Proves Key to Overseas Success for Circuit Board Manufacturer
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When a major printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturer asked Circuit Automation to redesign a machine for its Chinese operations, Omron technology helped meet production requirements, while Omron global support satisfied the customer on the frontline.

For over three decades, Huntington Beach, Calif.-based Circuit Automation, Inc., has been a leading provider of liquid photoimageable solutions. The company combines integrated design, manufacturing, and technology to provide high-quality, fully automatic coating and drying equipment, services, and support to manufacturing organizations worldwide.

Recently, when a global conglomerate with PCB manufacturing facilities in China made a strategic decision to go after new business in the smartphone sector, they turned to Circuit Automation, a leading provider of liquid photoimageable solutions for the PCB industry.

“The PCB manufacturer's existing process was not providing satisfactory results, so they decided to look into our process, a double-sided fabrication photo mask for printed circuit boards,” says Yuki Kojima, vice president, operations, at Circuit Automation. “We eventually delivered a machine whose original design was done maybe a decade ago, but with redesigned control systems to meet the more demanding requirements of this customer.” The machine employed about 12 axes of servo; in the original design, the sheer volume of wiring, particularly for the safety functions, was problematic...Read More

EtherCAT Motion Control Reduces Machinery Cycle Times by 80 Percent
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A major agricultural equipment manufacturer reduces cycle time from 100 to 17 seconds on a machine that builds hydraulic cylinders, thanks to Omron Industrial Automation's motion control technology.

Rock Island, Ill.-based Hawk Technology has evolved with today's manufacturing requirements by planning, designing, building, and installing state-of-the-art robotic integration and tooling solutions around the world. From a single piece of tooling to an entire manufacturing facility, Hawk exceeds industry standards by providing the best in design, program management, and manufacturing services. A dramatic case-in-point is the company's recent work for a major agricultural equipment manufacturer, in which Hawk's new machine retrofit design for a hydraulic cylinder assembly bench resulted in production increases of 400 percent! That is NOT a typo...Read More

Packaging Machine Builder Meets Cost and Time-to-Market Targets with
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To increase throughput of its single-head plastic bottle leak-testing machine, ALPS dumped a proprietary, embedded circuit board in favor of commercial, off-the-shelf brick PLC from Omron.

Milwaukee, Wis.-based Air Logic Power Systems (ALPS) is a leading manufacturer of systems for non-destructive leak testing of containers and packages. The company currently supplies testing equipment to all the top 10 bottle blow molders in North America.

“We ran into an obsolescence issue on the previous control system that we used for what we call our ‘linear machines’: single station leak testers,” says Scott Heins, director of sales and marketing at ALPS. “We had to decide on a new controls platform very quickly. We chose an Omron PLC to control the entire leak test and the machine’s operation. With the prior design, we had used proprietary circuit boards, an embedded system.”

The goal: Quickly redesign the machine to be low-priced and highly efficient to meet a spike in demand. The result: Before the prototype was even finished, ALPS sold over 40 of the redesigned machines...Read More

Product Image 1 Omron Introduces E3X-HD Fiber-Optic Sensor Amplifiers

Omron Industrial Automation has introduced E3X-HD fiber-optic sensor amplifiers with ultra-stable performance and smart tuning for high-speed, reliable input to open protocol industrial networks, including EtherCAT and CompoNet...

Product Image 2 Omron Launches E5CC Series 1/16 DIN Temperature Controllers

Omron Industrial Automation has incorporated advanced precision and functionality in the general-purpose E5CC (48×48 mm) models to meet the monitoring and control needs of a wider range of processes...

Product Image 3 FQ-M Vision Sensors Offer Built-in Motion Tracking and EtherCAT/
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Omron Industrial Automation has introduced a vision sensor developed specifically to meet the needs of pick-and-place applications...

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