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OMRON to launch TM Series collaborative robot

OMRON Corp has announced the global launch of the TM series collaborative robot family from 26th October 2018 in 40 countries in order to realise an innovative manufacturing environment where humans and machines work in harmony.

With its various vision functionalities and simple, intuitive programming environment, OMRON will further enable safe, flexible, and collaborative manufacturing between human and machine.

As changing consumer trends continue to shorten product life cycles, manufacturers are increasingly looking to quickly and flexibly set up production lines to meet frequent product change-overs. In addition, as labour shortage becomes more “real” manufacturers are striving to automate the simpler and monotonous tasks, making it increasingly necessary to create a workplace where people can contribute with more creative tasks. OMRON's TM series provides a unique solution to easily install a robot to automate applications such as picking, packing, and screwdriving which, although traditionally performed by humans, can be challenging to easily automate.

As part of the TM series launch, OMRON will release a “mobile-compatible” model which will seamlessly integrate into the market leading LD series autonomous mobile robot. By integrating the mobile-ready TM series with the LD series, users can take automate more complex tasks such as pick and place onto a tray / into a container and flexibly automate by connecting processes with autonomous mobile robots.

Three key features of the TM series collaborative robot are the reduced installation and setup times compared to traditional industrial robots. The flowchart-based intuitive programming interface and easy teaching require little to no previous robot programming experience; built-in vision and integrated lighting, allowing the user to capture products with a wide viewing angle. Equipped with image sensing functions such as pattern matching, bar code reading, and colour identification, this robot system makes inspection, measurement and sorting applications extremely easy to set up out of the box; and that it conforms with all safety standards that enable cooperation between humans and machines and can be safely operated around people without industrial safety fencing traditionally required for industrial robots, greatly reducing the installation time.

With the addition of the TM series collaborative robot to the product lineup, OMRON will further enable safe, flexible, and collaborative manufacturing between human and machine and continue to accelerate “innovative-Automation”, an innovative manufacturing concept where humans and machines work in harmony.

Recently, OMRON has developed a manufacturing innovation concept, called “innovative-Automation” With this concept, OMRON is currently committed to bringing innovation to manufacturing sites through three key innovations, or three “I's.” Through these innovations in the area of automation, OMRON aims to enable significant productivity improvements in manufacturing sites in order to achieve high-value-added manufacturing.

With the first “I,” “integrated” (control evolution), OMRON will seek to advance automated control technology so that virtually any operator, even inexperienced operators, can effortlessly perform work that previously required the expert skills of experienced workers. With the second “I,” “intelligent” (development of intelligence by ICT), OMRON seeks to create constantly evolving equipment and production lines. By adopting a wide range of control devices and artificial intelligence (AI), machines can learn through experience and maintain themselves in optimal condition. For the third “ I,” “interactive” (new harmonisation between people and machines), OMRON pursues the development of a new harmonious relationship between human operators and machines. Working together in the same workspace, machines will be able to assist human operators by recognising human thoughts and behaviour.