Integrated data control, motion control and machine vision for next-generation automotive production line
Published on April 24, 2020 in Industry 4.0
The Mexican regional headquarters of a leading manufacturer of premium air brake actuators for global on-highway and specialty markets required a new automated production assembly line. One of the company’s key performance indicators is to deliver a fully assembled product every 30 seconds, and it is with this end goal at the forefront that the team started the process of automating the production line.
The manufacturer was interested in implementing a system that would employ cutting-edge technology in a cost-effective way. In addition, the system needed to be up and running quickly in order to meet growing demand. The company chose Omron as its partner in automation design and installation thanks to Omron’s reputation for offering advanced technology with excellent customer service throughout a project’s span.
The new production line leveraged Omron’s powerful Sysmac platform that brings the entire solution under the umbrella of a single software and a single brand. The fully integrated solution successfully overcame all technical challenges related to design, installation and testing, and the resulting automation technology was able to achieve the desired throughput while significantly reducing the number of operators required at any given time.
Omron developed a solution incorporating NX-I/O, NJ-SQL, NS HMI, axis motion control, MX drives and FH vision in combination with EtherNet infrastructure using W4S1 industrial switching hubs and GX-JC junction slaves for EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT.
The customer achieved their goal of quickly and cost-effectively designing and building a new machine utilizing vanguard technology that manufactures and fully assembles a high-quality brake every 30 seconds.
November 04, 2019
Major German automotive group optimizes efficiency and innovation leadership in material handling with Omron LD mobile robots and a conveyor attachment from cts GmbH.Automobile production and assembly line production have always been closely linked. It was not until Henry Ford began using conveyor belts in his factories in 1913 that the car was able to conquer the world as a mass-produced product. Today, a working day without assembly lines is inconceivable at the BMW factories. The group relies on innovative transport and logistics to increase efficiency and flexibility, to better link work processes, as well as to relieve employees from repetitive and time-consuming tasks. These concepts include Omron LD mobile robots for material transport that deliver a particularly high return on investment (ROI). These autonomous mobile robots are equipped with a conveyor tower - a height-adjustable load handling device, developed by system integrator cts GmbH. The interaction between employees and transport robots at BMW impressively demonstrates how factory harmony can be implemented in the factory of the future.
March 17, 2020
The autonomous robot contributes to the continuous improvement of work safety in Vrchlabí and helps to minimise work risks. It recognises people crossing its path as well as other vehicles and stationary obstacles.