Omron welcomed its first guests to its newly opened European Automation Technology Centre (ATC) in Barcelona, Spain, providing state of the art facilities for customer training on the Sysmac platform, development of software libraries for target markets, discussions with customers about new prototypes, as well as proof of the System technology concept and demonstrations of machines.
Guests were shown around the facility, which includes laboratories for developing driving programming software, testing servo applications, developing robot control software, testing network configurations, and setting up individual customer tests in specific market sectors, such as lift control. The facilities also include a ‘Sysmac wall’, which combines all the product ranges within the Sysmac platform into a working demonstration that customers can use for proof of concept and to test new ideas. Alongside this is a working robotic pick and place line, with four delta robots and a SCARA robot, where customers can again test specific applications.
Guests were also given advance information on key new product launches, in particular looking at new best-of-breed slice I/O products and Omron’s fully integrated safety solution for the Sysmac platform. The Sysmac NX series I/O has been developed to meet machine builders’ requirements for openness and performance, providing a modular I/O solution which integrates into the control system via EtherCAT. The first products will be available in the first quarter of 2013, and the full range will include a broad spread of analogue and digital I/O for
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