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Automation World NOVEMBER 2, 2011
TECHNOLOGY BRIEF
Machine Automation Controllers Emerge as Answer to Higher Performance Machinery Requirements
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A look at why the MAC has emerged as a new category of controller, superseding PAC in the evolution of machine control. Packaging machinery to benefit most from MACs.

Manufacturing demands performance in terms of throughput, yield, and uptime: the overall equipment efficiency (OEE) model. Additionally, manufacturers are always pushing for greater accuracy and lower cost while maintaining quality and safety. These are the key drivers for machine builders.

Increasingly, manufacturing also requires moving product automatically during setup or production. This calls for a system that centers on motion and relies on it to be fast and accurate. If a controller has not been designed around motion, it may have inherent architecture barriers to performance when used to increase OEE. Consequently, machine manufacturers are forced to coordinate and synchronize the controllers across technological boundaries such as motion, vision, logic, and safety...Read More

CASE APPLICATION
Omron Helps Major Automotive Supplier Implement New Instrument Panel Assembly Line in Record Time
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To achieve fast, accurate communications, ensure quality, and meet tight demands of major automakers, tier one supplier links Omron CJ2 programmable controllers via an EtherNet/IP network.

For nearly half a century, Vuteq Corporation has been supplying logistics services and automotive assemblies to the world's major automakers. Founded in 1965 in Japan to specifically service Toyota, the company has grown to include 19 bases of operations in the United States, Canada, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Mongolia, and Argentina. Vuteq's global operations are largely involved in engineering-related operations, such as the assembly of automobile glass, the production of plastic-mold inspection gauges, and supplying a range of interior and exterior automobile parts.

Vuteq Canada, based in Woodstock, Ontario, assembles an instrument panel beam for the General Motors' Equinox SUVs. The production line producing these elements was becoming obsolete in the face of change and demand...Read More

CASE APPLICATION
Closure Manufacturer Slashes Downtime with Omron's FZ3 Vision System
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To improve quality control and eliminate waste, a major manufacturer of injection-molded closures upgrades its vision technology. Previous vision systems lacked visual acuity to solve this difficult application.

Phoenix Closures is a full-service manufacturing firm specializing in injection-molded closures. Headquartered in Naperville, Ill., with additional facilities in Davenport, Iowa, and Newport, Tenn., the company serves both domestic and foreign customers. When it became difficult to identify and remedy defects in its closure liners, Phoenix embarked on a major project to address the issue by identifying the most competent industrial automation supplier that could provide them a turn-key vision inspection solution to eventually be integrated into their day-to-day operations.

“We had been working with vision for several years, and we'd tried several manufacturers and vision systems,” says Merle Smith, senior projects engineer at Phoenix. These efforts had met with limited success...Read More

NEW PRODUCTS
Product Image 1 3G3MX2 AC Drives Now Available with EtherNet/IP Interface

Omron has expanded the industrial communication options for its compact Omron 3G3MX2 AC Drives to simplify integration into production lines and work cells. The front panel mounting EtherNet/IP communication interface unit (3G3AX-MX2-EIP-A) imparts network slave capabilities to the AC Drives...

Product Image 2 EtherNet/IP Remote I/O Blocks with Both Short- and Open-Circuit Detection to Reduce Maintenance Down

Omron has introduced EtherNet/IP Remote I/O blocks with both short- and open-circuit detection to reduce troubleshooting time and maintain productivity. The ERT1 series EtherNet/IP slave I/O blocks are available as high-density, 32-point, in-panel IP20 models with removable cage clamp I/O connections and power connections that simplify installation and servicing...

Product Image 3 FZ3 Vision Sensor Uses True Color Sensing for Stable, High-Speed Inspections

Omron has introduced the advanced FZ3 color vision sensor that makes it possible to automate inspection of low-contrast color objects at high speed with reliable results by using true color technology and intelligent cameras...

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