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November 9, 2022

 

MC Omrons New Integrated Controller Capable of Controlling Robots and Entire Automation Systems 1 400x275

Omron has recently introduced its most full-featured machine automation controller to date. Offering control of multiple robots, the choice of 16, 32, or 64 controlled motion axes, and SQL connectivity. It is the ideal control solution for complete robotic cells, high-speed motion systems, material handling and multi-robot systems.

The Robotics Integrated Platform is the next revolutionary step in the SYSMAC ecosystem that seamlessly integrates the full Omron Fixed Robotics product line. Their one controller approach integrates robot control, in addition to sequence and motion control, to a single controller. This enables synchronized control of robots as well as other devices and results in higher performance compared to typical network based configurations. It also enables users to collect information on devices aligned to a common timeline which not only improves overall system response times and accuracy but also greatly aids in troubleshooting activities.

 

Key Benefits

Faster solution evaluation

  • •Early ROI calculation and design validations thanks to simulation software
  • •Changeover improvements of future products can be validated by simulation.
  • •Investment cost can be calculated in advance.
  • •Cycle time estimation

 

Lower commissioning time

  • •Reduced integration time with programming off-line.
  • •Optional "Applicaton Manager" add-in software reduces integration time and learning curve.
  • •Reduced mechanical and electrical design burden by emulating full cells through the Sysmac Platform.

 

Lower cost of ownership

  • •Real time synchronization between robot, PLC and all EtherCAT connected devices improve productivity.
  • •Recipe manager makes modifications easy and minimize the product change over time.

 

Key Features:

  • •Multiple robot control per single CPU
  • •Integration of Robotics, Logic, and Motion in one CPU
  • •Conforms to IEC 61131-3 (JIS B 3503) standard programming and PLCopen function blocks for motion control
  • •Conforms to IEC 61131-3 (JIS B 3503) standard programming and traditional V+ scripting for robot and motion control
  • •Programming with variables allows users to create complex programs efficiently
  • •Models with SQL DB Functionality
  • •Offers speed without compromising on reliability and robustness expected from PLCs.
  • •Linear and circular interpolation.
  • •Electronic gear and cam synchronization.
  • •Fast and accurate control by synchronizing all EtherCAT devices, such as vision, servos, robots, and IO with the controller.

 

To learn more about Omron's new Integrated Controller, click here 

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MC What to Consider When Choosing a New Motion Control Solution 1 400x275

When it’s time to consider a new motion control solution for your application, rule #1 is “Solve the problem, then worry about the design.”

This is easier said than done, but not if you apply a disciplined, time-tested framework. First, you must clearly understand the problem and the local environment. Failure to do so often results in a suboptimal motion control solution or complete failure.

Secondly, the designer should evaluate the application in light of proven existing motion control solutions. The engineer must also take stock of their skills and the expertise of the team in order to effectively choose the right options and to accurately anticipate development time and resources.

Before choosing any motion control products, the design engineer needs a set of principles to guide his or her selection. Long term experience and common sense has taught us seven important, but often overlooked, principles. 

These key learning have been encapsulated in a simple notion known as the SHAIRED paradigm:

  • •Simplicity of design to reduce problem-causing complexity and cost
  • Homework; calculate the required torque, inertia, duty cycle, etc.
  • Analysis of the application and alternatives must be thorough
  • Integration of the system into existing factory automation
  • Redundancy built in to a system to exceed performance expectations and deal with unexpected changed in load and operating parameters
  • Economical solution for the short and long term.
  • Development time must be accurately estimated

Using the above guidelines during motion control system design, evaluation of alternatives, and final product selection will help increase the odds of application success.

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