Mechatronics Canada

November 26, 2020

In early July of 2020, Omron Automation congratulated Taylor Fluid Systems (TFS) on opening its first proof-of-concept (POC) laboratory in Ontario, Canada. The new lab featured a variety of robotic applications that use advanced technologies from Omron designed to help customers improve accuracy and flexibility while minimizing complexity for common applications like part feeding.

As an authorized Omron distributor, TFS offers a full line of automation products and experienced specialists that work with customers and system integrators to deliver innovative automation solutions. The new lab provides customers verification of proposed part feeding solutions within 2-4 days so they can feel confident the solutions will work in real-life production environments with their actual parts. Thanks to the POC lab, “we can give customers peace of mind and prove out robotic solutions up front, in just days,” says Chris Taylor, Vice President of TFS. “This is a huge benefit for customers who need a guarantee that any solution we propose will meet their specific production line goals.”

One solution that proves its benefits time and time again is the Omron AnyFeeder flexible robotic part feeding system. "Part feeding can be challenging,” says Peter Brouwer, Vice President – Technology Sales Omron Automation. “In today’s fast-paced environment, customers want to know that application investments will help make them more productive. Regularly, we see customers benefitting from our robotic solutions that help them reduce complexity and increase accuracy while keeping up with demanding KPIs. Proofs-of-concept are one way we help mitigate risk for customers, and we’re thrilled that Taylor has extended our capabilities to offer this value-add service.”

Industry professionals seeking to learn more about wide-ranging robotic solutions are encouraged to visit the Integrated Robotics page on the Omron website by clicking here.

For more information, visit www.omron.com.


Featured Article: Decoding the Most Versatile Industrial Connector in the World


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If you were around in 1980’s you will probably remember walkmans, vcrs, mix tapes and big hair bands on MTV, amongst other things. The decade started with the release of PacMan, the Rubiks Cube and a Hollywood actor called Ronald Reagan winning the US Presidential election. It ended with the first episode of the Simpsons, Timothy Berners-Lee inventing the World Wide Web and the Berlin Wall coming down to symbolize the end of the Cold War.

Some notable 1980’s inventions included the first artificial heart, CD players, the Apple MacIntosh computer, Microsoft Windows, the Nintendo Gameboy and the first GPS satellite to be launched into space.

But there was one more invention of the 1980s that wasn’t really noticed by the general public, but ultimately paved the way for fast, easy and reliable electrical connections that we often take for granted in control systems today. We are talking about the M12 circular connector that was launched at the Hannover Fair in 1985 and has since become one of the most popular industrial connectors in the world.

These days, you will be hard-pressed to walk into any manufacturing plant without seeing an M12 connector. They are used to connect sensors to I/O modules, vision systems to Ethernet switches, light curtains to safety controllers and much more. Originally only available in 3-pole and 4-pole versions with an A-Coded keyway for power and I/O signals, the M12 connector is still evolving and has become one of the most versatile circular connectors available.

Now, more than 35 years since it was launched, there are many different types of M12 connectors for signal, data and power connections.

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Featured Product: FLIR A50 and A70 Thermal Cameras Offer Turnkey Solutions for Efficient Data Analysis


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When decision makers seek to integrate new hardware into their automation process, they are often looking at a few key areas – the ease of use, price point, features, and the ability to utilize the hardware at multiple points throughout their system. The new A50 and A70 thermal cameras come in three options – Smart, Streaming, and Research & Development to fit the needs of professionals across a variety of industries – from manufacturing to utilities to science.  The new cameras offer improved accuracy of ±2 °C or ±2% temperature measurement, compared to the previous accuracy of ±5 °C, or ±5% temperature measurement. The cameras all include an IP66 rating, along with a small, compact size with higher resolution options compared to previous versions.

Featuring a thermal resolution of 464 x 348 (A50) or 640 x 480 (A70), professionals can deploy the A50 or A70 cameras in a variety of capacities. These include condition monitoring programs to maximize uptime and minimize cost through planned maintenance, or when used in early fire detection applications to safeguard the lives of workers and secure the profitability of the business by protecting materials and assets. With improved temperature measurement accuracy of ±2 °C, professionals can rely on consistent readings over a period of time, or through varying environmental factors, eliminating any guesswork from data analysis.

The IP66 rating for both the A50 and A70 provides protection from dust, oil, and water, making the cameras ideal for tough, industrial environments. This ruggedness is especially helpful when the camera is being moved from one application to the next. Whether the camera is fix-mounted inspecting a production line or when required for bench testing, professionals benefit from its versatility.

A50/70 Smart

Designed for condition monitoring programs to reduce inspection times, improve production efficiency, and increase product reliability, the A50 and A70 Smart cameras introduce “on camera / on edge” smart functionality.

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