OMRON’s new SYSMAC Studio 3D Simulation software is now available globally.
This new simulation software can digitally reproduce an entire facility using the “Robotic Integrated Controller*” launched earlier this year.
Now you can easily verify its operation with the same accuracy as the actual machine.
SYSMAC Studio 3D simulation allows users to simulate the entire machine, including custom robots developed in-house and equipment of partner companies.
In addition to OMRON’s extensive line-up of control equipment, including robots, OMRON can verify the entire machine. This includes an end user’s custom robots and equipment from partner companies.
This helps to improve manufacturing production capacity and the realisation of equipment start-up to maintenance in a short period.
In recent years, in addition to labour shortages and other issues, there has been a growing demand for automation using robots. This demand has been accelerated by the global pandemic and the urgent need for innovative digital technology in the engineering environment.
In an industry first, OMRON developed the new Robotic Integrated Controller that enables control and verification of robots and other peripheral devices in a batch. This in turn enables simulation with high operating accuracy and real-time performance with actual devices.
OMRON has realised shorter delivery times for machine design and more sophisticated facilities.
Conventional simulation functions, on the other hand, did not support equipment manufactured by other companies used in customers’ automation facilities or self-manufactured robots. Because of this, some parts could not be simulated, which posed a challenge in grasping the entire machine.
Integrating virtual and real
OMRON has developed the unique concept “innovative-Automation” to further innovate manufacturing sites.
The Robotic Integrated Controller takes this innovation to the next level by seamlessly integrating the control equipment needed for the manufacturing process.
At OMRON, we are continuing to challenge the transformation of the manufacturing site by realising a “new engineering style that is free from time and location constraints” that integrates virtual and real.
SYSMAC Studio 3D Simulation makes it possible for companies now using custom robots and installations that are controlled by Robotic Integrated Controller, to easily incorporate into simulations the general-purpose equipment.**
As a result, the operation of the entire machine can be checked, and pre-verification of visualisation and movement can be performed before the machine starts.
This can reduce the time required for machine design and operation verification by 50%***.
Further, after the equipment is put into operation, the operating status of the actual equipment is checked digitally and monitored to shorten the time required to identify the cause of the error, enabling remote program correction. This reduces the time required for remodelling.
OMRON continues to dramatically improve the DX and productivity of the manufacturing site with the Robotic Integrated Controller.
- 3D simulation of custom robot mechanisms (parallel link mechanism and serial link mechanism) operated by motion control can be performed simply by setting the conditions in the setting menu.
- Simply set 3D simulations for other manufacturers’ EtherCAT devices (electric cylinders, electric chucks, etc.) to be operated by I/O control in the setting menu.
*Robotic Integrated Controller: A controller that integrates and controls the robots and control equipment that make up OMRON’s production facilities with One controller
**Generic device of the partner company: provided that it is EtherCAT connected
***50% reduction: OMRON investigation in July 2020 (results of actual machine design conducted by OMRON and verified in comparison with the conventional machine construction process)
Recently, OMRON has developed a manufacturing innovation concept, called “innovative-Automation” With this concept, OMRON is currently committed to bringing innovation to manufacturing sites through three key innovations, or three “i’s.” Through these innovations in the area of automation, OMRON aims to enable significant productivity improvements in manufacturing sites in order to achieve high-value-added manufacturing. With the first “i,” “integrated” (control evolution), OMRON will seek to advance automated control technology so that virtually any operator, even inexperienced operators, can effortlessly perform work that previously required the expert skills of experienced workers. With the second “i,” “intelligent” (development of intelligence by ICT), OMRON seeks to create constantly evolving equipment and production lines. By adopting a wide range of control devices and artificial intelligence (AI), machines can learn through experience and maintain themselves in optimal condition. For the third “i,” “interactive” (new harmonisation between people and machines), OMRON pursues the development of a new harmonious relationship between human operators and machines; as they work together in the same workspace, machines will be able to assist human operators by recognising human thoughts and behaviour in a way that only OMRON, a specialist control equipment manufacturer who knows production floors inside and out, can realise.