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ABB launches new generation robot control platform OmniCore ™

The platform has improved enterprise productivity and flexibility through faster, more precise, and more autonomous automation technologies.
A strategic investment of $170 million has been made in the new generation robot control platform, aimed at accelerating the achievement of more advanced and sustainable automation goals.
The unique single control architecture integrates the complete hardware and software of ABB robots.
Today, ABB Robotics officially released OmniCore ™, This is a faster, more precise, and more sustainable intelligent automation platform aimed at empowering enterprises and improving their future development capabilities.
The OmniCore? Platform is the result of ABB’s investment of over $170 million in next-generation robotics technology, marking a significant shift towards modularity and future control architecture. This architecture will realize the comprehensive integration of artificial intelligence, sensors, cloud computing and edge computing systems, and create the most advanced and autonomous robot applications.
According to An Shiming, President of ABB Robotics and Discrete Automation Division,
For our clients, automation is a strategic requirement as they seek greater flexibility, ease of operation, and efficiency to address global trends such as labor shortages, market instability, and more sustainable operations.

By developing advanced mechatronics, artificial intelligence, and vision systems, our robots are easier to use than ever before, with better performance, higher flexibility, and mobility. But they must also cooperate with each other and ensure seamless and smooth operation, undertaking more tasks in more places. This is how we launched OmniCore ™ The reason is a new milestone in our 50 year history in the field of robotics; A unique single control architecture that integrates our entire set of leading hardware and software through one platform and one language.
OmniCore’s top-notch motion performance enables robots to achieve path accuracy of up to 0.6 millimeters and can run at high speeds of up to 1600 millimeters per second while controlling multiple robots. This brings new automation opportunities for precision fields such as arc welding, mobile phone display screen assembly, gluing, and laser cutting. Overall, compared to previous ABB controllers, OmniCore? Has increased the robot’s operating speed by 25% and reduced energy consumption by 20%.
OmniCore? Is built on a scalable modular control architecture, providing rich functionality to create almost any application that can be imagined, meeting the needs of existing and new segmented markets that introduce automation technology, such as biotechnology and construction enterprises. With over 1000 hardware and software features, customers can easily design, operate, maintain, and optimize operations. Including ABB’s Absolute Accuracy and PickMaster ® Twin software, as well as hardware such as external axes, visual systems, and fieldbus.
Ma Sikang, Global President of ABB Robotics Business Unit, said,

The difference of OmniCore? Is that it can manage motion, sensors, and application devices in a unified system as a whole. OmniCore? Opens the door to the complete set of hardware and software product combinations for ABB robots, allowing for arbitrary combinations under one control platform, providing all possibilities and more conditions for value creation. For example, OmniCore? Enables car manufacturers to increase production speed, provide a huge competitive advantage, and increase stamping production output. With the addition of dedicated functional application modules for stamping automation, the output of the robot stamping production line can be increased from 12 strokes per minute to 15 strokes per minute, producing 900 parts per hour.
On the occasion of celebrating the 50th anniversary of robots, we believe in OmniCore ™ It can promote breakthroughs in more industries and help customers from all walks of life cope with future challenges.
Since the launch of the world’s first microprocessor controlled robot in 1974, ABB Robotics launched RobotStudio in 1998 ® Software, acquired Seven Sense in 2024, brings industry-leading artificial intelligence based navigation technology to mobile robots. OmniCore? Is the latest advancement on ABB’s 50 year innovation journey in robotics. You can learn more about the 50th anniversary celebration of ABB Robot on WeChat, Weibo, Tiktok and Station B, or click “Read the original text” to log on to the official page of the 50th anniversary to learn the latest news and trends.

More Than 500,000 Industrial Robots Shipped in 2023

Overall global industrial robot shipment volumes exceeded 500,000 units in 2023, according to global market research firm Interact Analysis. This was a similar level to that seen in 2022 but the average price of industrial robots decreased last year. After a record high in 2021, 2023 reached a low point in terms of revenues and shipments but the long-term forecast remains positive. The global industrial robot market is expected to grow on average, by 3.7% per year between 2024 and 2028.
Taking a look at the market by industry and region, sales of industrial robots to the automotive industry in the Americas faced significant pressure in 2023, resulting in sluggish growth for this segment of the market – one of the largest downstream industries for industrial robots in the region. Mexico in particular has high dependence on the automotive industry, therefore creating a greater impact on industrial robot sales in the region. On the whole, growth of industrial robots in the Americas plummeted by 17.3% in 2023; compared with APAC, which saw a slight increase in growth, and EMEA, which remained stable.
The American markets accounted for around 17% of global industrial robot revenues compared to 62% for APAC and 22% for EMEA. The industrial robot market enjoyed strong growth in the Americas during the immediate post-COVID period in both the automotive and non-automotive industries, where manufacturers were continually looking for ways to improve their production processes and reduce manufacturing costs by adopting the technology.

The top three most common applications – material handling, welding and assembly – accounted for over 70% of industrial robot market revenues in 2023, with material handling accounting for one third on its own. This common application is particularly dominant in the Americas and Europe. The American market has the highest market concentration globally, where the top 5 suppliers shared nearly 80% of revenues and over 2/3 of unit shipments.
Maya Xiao, research manager at Interact Analysis, commented, “The average price per unit of an industrial robot is on a downward trajectory, following a rise for two consecutive years, and we expect a price decline of around 3% per year between 2024 and 2028. The COVID-19 pandemic coupled with high energy prices and inflation caused an average price increase in 2022. We originally expected robot prices to decrease again in 2023, but ongoing supply chain and inflation issues resulted in prices creeping up to levels close to those seen in 2022. This increased ‘price effect’ was also partially due to the market trend towards heavy payload robots, which are materially a more expensive product.
“It is important to note that our robotics forecasts are underpinned by the Interact Analysis Manufacturing Industry Output (MIO) Tracker. We can see from our data that the growth profile for industrial robots reflects the manufacturing slowdown during the pandemic era and the subsequent downturn in 2023. If we take a look at the manufacturing output figures for China, Europe and the Americas, the historic manufacturing contractions are synonymous with the decline in growth for the industrial robot market that we have observed in recent years.”

Historical Development of Automatic Control Principles

Historical development

The earliest automation control can be traced back to ancient China’s automation timers and leakage guide cars, while the widespread application of automation control technology began during the Industrial Revolution in Europe. Watt, a British inventor, applied the principle of feedback while inventing the steam engine and invented the centrifugal governor in 1788. When the load or steam supply changes, the centrifugal governor can automatically adjust the opening of the intake valve to control the speed of the steam engine. [2]
More than 150 years ago, the first generation of process control systems was based on the pneumatic signal standard of 5-13psi (pneumatic control system PCS), Pneumatic Control System)。 A simple on-site operation mode, control theory has initially formed, and there is no concept of a control room yet.
The second generation process control system (analog or ACS, Analog Control System) is based on current analog signals of 0-10mA or 4-20mA. This significant advancement firmly dominated the entire field of automatic control for a full 25 years. It marks the arrival of the era of electrical automatic control. The control theory has made significant development, and the establishment of the three major control theories has laid the foundation for modern control; The establishment of control rooms and the mode of separating control functions have been used to this day.
The Third Generation Process Control System (CCS) began the application of digital computers in the 1970s, which gave rise to significant technological advantages. People were the first to use it in the fields of measurement, simulation, and logic control, leading to the emergence of the Third Generation Process Control System (CCS), Computer Control System)。 This is known as the third-generation process control system, which is a revolution in the field of automatic control. It fully leverages the strengths of computers, and people generally believe that computers can do everything well. Naturally, a central control computer system called “centralized control” emerged. It should be pointed out that the signal transmission system of the system is still mostly using 4-20mA analog signals. However, soon after, it was discovered that with the concentration and reliability of control, the danger of losing control has also increased, and even a slight mistake can paralyze the entire system. So it quickly developed into Distributed Control Systems (DCS).
The fourth generation process control system (DCS): With the rapid development of semiconductor manufacturing technology, the widespread use of microprocessors, and the significant increase in computer technology reliability, the fourth generation process control system (DCS) is currently widely used. Its main feature is that the entire control system is no longer just a single computer, but a control system composed of several computers, intelligent instruments, and intelligent components. So decentralized control became the most important feature. Another important development is that the signal transmission between them not only relies on 4-20mA analog signals, but also gradually replaces analog signals with digital signals.
The fifth generation process control system (FCS): FCS evolved from DCS, just like DCS evolved from CCS, with a qualitative leap. The development of “decentralized control” to “on-site control”; The transmission of data adopts a “bus” method. But the real difference between FCS and DCS is that FCS has a broader development space. Due to the continuous improvement of traditional DCS technology, the communication network only reaches the level of on-site control station at the lowest end. The connection between on-site control station and on-site detection instruments and actuators still uses one-to-one transmission of 4-20mA analog signals, which is costly, inefficient, and difficult to maintain. It cannot fully realize the potential of on-site instrument intelligence and achieve comprehensive monitoring and deep management of the working status of on-site equipment. The so-called fieldbus is a fully digital, bidirectional transmission, multi node branch structure communication link that connects intelligent measurement and control equipment. Simply put, traditional control is a loop, while FCS technology involves various modules such as controllers, actuators, detectors, etc. hanging on a bus to achieve communication, and of course, transmitting digital signals. The main buses include Profibus, LonWorks, etc.

1. 1940s – early 1960s:
Demand driving force: market competition, resource utilization, reducing labor intensity, improving product quality, and adapting to the needs of mass production. Main features: This stage is mainly a single machine automation stage, characterized by the emergence of various single machine automation processing equipment, and the continuous expansion of applications and development towards depth. Typical achievements and products: CNC machine tools for hardware CNC systems.
2. In the mid-1960s to early 1970s:
Demand driving force: Market competition intensifies, requiring fast product updates, high product quality, and adapting to the needs of large and medium batch production and reducing labor intensity. Main features: This stage is mainly marked by automatic production lines, which are characterized by the emergence of various combination machine tools and combination production lines on the basis of single machine automation. At the same time, software numerical control systems have emerged and been used for machine tools. CAD, CAM and other software have begun to be used in actual engineering design and manufacturing. At this stage, hardware processing equipment is suitable for large and medium batch production and processing. Typical achievements and products: an automatic production line used for drilling, boring, milling and other processing.
3. From the mid-1970s to present: Demand dynamics: Changes in the market environment have made common problems in multi variety, medium and small batch production increasingly severe, requiring automation technology to develop in its breadth and depth, making its related technologies highly integrated and exerting overall optimal efficiency. Main features: Since American scholars first proposed the concept of CIM in the early 1970s, there have been significant changes in the field of automation. Its main characteristics are that CIM has gradually been accepted as a philosophy and method by people; CIM is also a corresponding technology for implementing integration, integrating dispersed and independent unit automation technologies into an optimized whole. The so-called philosophy is that enterprises should analyze and overcome existing “bottlenecks” based on their needs, in order to achieve the ideological strategy of continuously improving their strength and competitiveness; As the corresponding technology for implementing integration, it is generally believed to be: data acquisition, distribution, and sharing; Network and communication; Workshop level equipment controller; The specifications, standards, etc. of computer hardware and software. Meanwhile, parallel engineering, as a business philosophy and work mode, has been applied and active in the field of automation technology since the late 1980s, and will further promote the integration of unit automation technology. Typical achievements and products: CIMS factory, flexible manufacturing system (FMS).
With the introduction of new achievements in modern applied mathematics and the application of electronic computers, in order to adapt to the development of aerospace technology, automatic control theory has entered a new stage – modern control theory. The main research focuses on the optimal control problem of multivariable variable parameters with high performance and precision, using the state space method based on the state. At present, the theory of automatic control is still developing, and intelligent control theory based on control theory, information theory, and bionics is deepening.
In order to achieve various complex control tasks, the controlled object and control device must be connected in a certain way to form an organic whole, which is the automatic control system. In automatic control systems, the output of the controlled object, also known as the controlled quantity, is a physical quantity that requires strict control. It can be required to maintain a constant value, such as temperature, pressure, or flight path; The control device is the overall mechanism that applies control to the controlled object. It can use different principles and methods to control the controlled object, but the most basic one is a feedback control system based on feedback control principles.
In a feedback control system, the control effect exerted by the control device on the controlled device is obtained from the feedback information of the controlled quantity, which is used to continuously correct the deviation between the controlled quantity and the control quantity to achieve the task of controlling the controlled quantity. This is the principle of feedback control.

Clean your beloved car

As an experienced driver who has been driving for 12 years, I have witnessed many car destruction behaviors.
We all know that cars are money burning goods. Buying a car is easy, but maintaining it is difficult. One mistake can cause trouble for your beloved car.
Among them, the most easily overlooked behavior is the seemingly normal one of washing cars.
The other day I chatted with some old irons, and they laughed at me and said, “Your car is too dirty, isn’t it? It’s like a mud monkey, and you don’t know how to wash it?” That’s just a way of discouraging, almost making me unable to resist saying, “It’s none of your business.”.
But when I thought about it, they were also good for me and patiently explained it, which surprised them all.
This has to start with washing the car.
As ordinary people, there are only a few ways to wash cars: either go to a car wash shop, go to a gas station, or wash them at your doorstep.
If you go to a car wash shop, it’s the most worry free. For one or two hundred yuan, the car can be washed just like new, and the engine compartment can be cleaned for you.
However, for us ordinary people, washing it once a month is considered a luxury.
Going to the gas station to wash the car may be convenient, but the car washing machine is called a damaged car.
Some gas station car washing equipment has several rolling wheels jumping up and down, and over time, the car paint is brushed off.
Not to mention those car window seals and wipers, they need to be replaced with new ones after a few uses. This car washing method, breaking the sesame seeds and losing the watermelon, is not cost-effective at all.

So many Laotie choose to wash their cars at home.
Not only does it save money, but it’s also convenient. You can handle it with just a bucket of water and a towel, and it can also show off and enjoy car washing.
Washing the car at this doorstep is mainly time-consuming and laborious, but most people think that washing it at home is better than washing it outside, at least not damaging the car paint.
But the fact is, washing a car at home is the easiest way to ruin it!
Let’s think about it. The car runs outside every day, covered in dust and mud. If you use a dirty towel to wipe it off, isn’t that sandpaper to polish the car paint?
Even if you clean the towel and rub against the car in an unclean area, it will still damage the car paint.
Over time, the car paint has been washed to a dull and dull finish, and to restore its shine, one has to spend money waxing it.
There is also the windshield, which is covered with a layer of expensive insulation film. If you accidentally rub a dirty towel and leave a few scratches, you will be at a great loss. Fix it, ranging from a few hundred to thousands. Think about it, is this washing the car or the money?
We wash the car at home, and the conditions are not professional either.
Without a suitable water gun and insufficient water pressure, the stains on the car paint cannot be cleaned; Without a professional car wash solution, the residual soap and water may corrode the car paint; Even after washing, it cannot be completely dried. As soon as the water droplets evaporate, the stains settle back onto the car.
It’s like renovating a used car, it’s strange if you don’t damage the car after washing it.
In contrast, professional car wash shops are different. The equipment is professional, the personnel are well-trained, and the car wash solution is carefully selected.
Before washing the car, first flush it with a high-pressure water gun, and the sediment will almost fall off. Then apply foam and towel, which is called a safety.
Car wash towels are also specially air dried and disinfected, so they won’t harm your car again.
So old Ties, if you have the habit of washing your car at home, I would advise you to change it as soon as possible. It’s better to keep dust and dust on than to waste it on your own. If you want to wash the car, it’s better to go to a professional store to do it. Don’t think it’s too expensive. Spending that little money would still allow your car to serve for a few more years, what a good deal.
However, on the other hand, even if we don’t wash the car, there are actually many behaviors of damaging it when we use it on a regular basis. For example, driving a car in place for half an hour or driving at low speeds for a long time without being willing to step on the accelerator are all misconceptions about loving a car, and over time, they can also cause harm to the car.
Like the hot car in situ, many old irons think that this is to protect the engine, but in fact, it is totally in practice. Now that it’s not an old-fashioned car, why should it be so hot for so long? Half a minute is enough. The hotter your car is, the more carbon accumulates, and the more fuel is wasted, which is harmful but not beneficial.
When driving at low speeds, I dare not give fuel, thinking that I am taking care of the engine, but little do I know that the gearbox is crying and fainting in the toilet. Long periods of high and low gears not only consume fuel, but also the gearbox cannot afford it. It has learned your driving habits, and with a sudden step, you can activate its “diabetes insipidus mode”.
So there is a way to love a car and a skill to use it. When it’s time to wash, find a professional to do it. When it’s time to heat up the car and speed up, don’t hesitate. This way, your car can live a long and healthy life, and spend more years with you.

PLC detailed introduction

The English name for programmable logic controller is Programmable Logic Controller, which was abbreviated as PC in the 1970s and 1980s. Due to the development of personal computers, also known as PCs, in the 1990s; In addition, the concept of programmable logic covers a wide range, so AB Company in the United States first named programmable logic controllers (PLCs). For convenience, PLC is still referred to as programmable logic controller. Some people refer to a system composed of programmable controllers as a PCS programmable control system, emphasizing that the manufacturer of programmable controllers has already provided people with a complete system.
The Development History of PLC
In 1968, General Motors of the United States proposed a requirement to replace relay control devices. The following year, Digital Corporation of the United States developed the first generation of programmable controllers, which met the requirements of GM’s assembly line. With the development of integrated circuit technology and computer technology, there are already fifth generation PLC products.
In the manufacturing industry characterized by changing geometric shape and mechanical properties, as well as in the process industry characterized by converting raw materials into products through physical and chemical changes, in addition to feedback control mainly based on continuous variables, there are a large number of open-loop sequential control mainly based on switch variables in the manufacturing industry, which operates in sequence according to logical conditions; In addition, there are controls for chain protection actions that are independent of sequence and timing and follow logical relationships; And a large number of state variables such as switch quantity, pulse quantity, timing, counter, analog quantity exceeding limit alarm are mainly collected and monitored for discrete quantity data. Due to these control and monitoring requirements, PLC has developed into a product that mainly replaces relay circuits and performs sequential control. Over the years of production practice, a tripartite balance has gradually emerged between PLC, DCS, and IPC, as shown in Table 1. Other single circuit intelligent regulators also account for a certain percentage in the market.
The period from the 1980s to the mid-1990s was the fastest growing period for PLC, with an annual growth rate of 30-40%. Due to the advancement of simulation capabilities and network functions of PLC machines, they have squeezed out a portion of the DCS market (process control) and gradually monopolized industries such as wastewater treatment. However, with the emergence of industrial PCs (IPC), especially the development of fieldbus technology, IPC and FCS have also squeezed out a portion of the PLC market. Therefore, the growth rate of PLC is generally slowing down. There are over 200 manufacturers worldwide producing over 300 varieties of PLC products, mainly used in industries such as automotive (23%), grain processing (16.4%), chemical/pharmaceutical (14.6%), metal/mining (11.5%), pulp/paper (11.3%), etc.

Market situation of PLC
There are about 30 domestic PLC production plants, but they have not formed a significant production capacity and branded products. Some of them are produced through imitation, incoming assembly, or “OEM” methods. Therefore, it can be said that PLC has not formed a manufacturing industry in China. As a product with no cutting-edge technical difficulties in terms of principles, technology, and processes, with hard work, it can form a manufacturing industry.
In terms of PLC applications, China is very active, with approximately 100000 new sets of PLC products invested each year and an annual sales revenue of 3 billion yuan. The industry is also widely used. However, compared to other countries, there is still a need to increase investment in the application of mechanical processing and production lines.
The market potential of PLC is enormous, not only in China, but also in industrialized Japan. Surveys have shown that the proportion of electromechanical integrated products matched with PLC accounts for 42%, and 24% are controlled by relays and contactors. So, there are still many occasions where PLC needs to be applied, and this is even more so in China.
From the perspective of technological innovation, China’s large and medium-sized enterprises still need to vigorously develop CIMS (Computer Integrated Manufacturing System), and form FMS flexible manufacturing systems in mechanical manufacturing plants. PLC is the foundation, so the PLC market is broad.
PLC has the advantages of stability, reliability, low price, complete functions, flexible and convenient application, and easy operation and maintenance. This is the fundamental reason why it can sustainably occupy the market. Below, we will focus on several issues and study its development trends.

What does the industrial control industry do

Industrial automation control
The industrial control industry, also known as industrial automation control, mainly utilizes electronic and electrical, mechanical, and software combinations to achieve automation, efficiency, precision, and controllability and visibility in factory production and manufacturing processes through computer technology, microelectronics technology, and electrical means. This field is a general term for tools involved in the detection and control of production processes, their electromechanical equipment, and process equipment, which have computer properties and characteristics, such as having a CPU, hard disk, memory, peripherals and connections, and equipped with real-time operating systems, control networks and protocols, computing power, and friendly human-machine interfaces.
The industrial control industry has a wide range of application scenarios, including factory automation (FA) and process automation (PA). Factory automation is mainly applied in discrete industries, such as textile machinery and packaging machinery, with a focus on precise control; And process automation mainly controls continuous variables, focusing on controlling stability, and is applied in industries such as metallurgy and chemical industry.

The functions of industrial control products can be mainly divided into three levels: control layer, driver layer, and execution layer. The control layer realizes the analysis, processing, and allocation of tasks; The driver layer decodes the tasks of the control layer into signals that can be recognized by motors, valves, etc; The execution layer executes the corresponding tasks.
The development of the industrial control industry is closely related to the manufacturing industry and has strong pro cyclical characteristics. With the increase in investment activities in the manufacturing industry, the demand in the industrial control industry has also grown. In addition, the industrial control industry is closely related to the macroeconomic operation, and the market size of industrial control products is greatly affected by economic fluctuations.
In summary, the industrial control industry improves the efficiency and quality of industrial production through automation technology, which is an important upstream industry in the manufacturing industry and plays a key role in promoting industrial modernization and intelligent development.

Omron: The i-Automation of Scholar Technical Experts! Evolutionary theory

In 2015, Omron innovatively proposed a new intelligent manufacturing concept, i-Automation!. As a result, this innovation storm instigated by Omron extends step by step from the “manufacturing site” and leverages the future of innovative automation. Specialization and innovation have become i-Automation! A solid footnote to success.
By 2020, we will be confronted with the COVID-19 that has swept the world. The increasing geopolitical friction will make the global economic atmosphere more tense. Under the superposition of various uncertainties, what made Omron achieve offensive growth in the first half of the year? I-Automation! What new chapters have been added to the theory of evolution?
On August 31, 2020, Omron Automation (China) Co., Ltd. President Hiroshi Ohashi and Gongkong ® President Pan Yingzhang practices the annual agreement between the two parties through cloud based dialogue and reveals the answers to the above puzzles.

According to the Nikkei Chinese website on August 20, the real gross domestic product (GDP) of 24 major countries in the world from April to June 2020 shrank by 9.1% year on year, and the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic is very prominent. These 24 countries account for two-thirds of the world’s GDP, with only China achieving positive growth.
Faced with this sudden stress test, Omron shifted from passive defense to active attack and defense. “According to our investigation, customers were greatly affected after the Spring Festival, and by mid March, their production activities had resumed by 50-70%,” said Da Chang Hezhi.
According to Da Chang Hezhi, Omron’s performance in the second quarter of this year was impressive: a 70% increase compared to the first quarter and a 20% increase compared to the same period last year.
He believes that there are three main reasons: firstly, in the first quarter, due to the impact of the epidemic, everyone was in a wait-and-see state, and project investment was temporarily postponed. After April, the investment direction became clearer; Secondly, medical supplies such as masks, artificial ventilators, and non-contact thermometers have become a “hard currency” in the market, and the demand for such equipment has surged. Omron has achieved considerable success in the essential goods market; Thirdly, after April, the suspended customer demand was rapidly released, and the demand for components increased rapidly. Omron had anticipated this trend and prepared inventory in advance, resulting in an improvement in IAB (Industrial Automation Business) performance.
“In summary, this epidemic means more opportunities for Omron,” said Da Chang Hezhi. For example, the market for essential goods such as medical supplies is an area that Omron (IAB) has not been involved in in the past; For example, more customers are cross-border producers of mask machines and urgently need Omron to provide them with supporting solutions and products.
How to respond quickly and seize opportunities is crucial. On the one hand, Omron timely learns about customer needs, disassembles them into corresponding supply products, prepares in advance, and actively responds; On the other hand, overseas markets such as the United States, Europe, and Japan have been affected by the epidemic and have stopped production, while Omron has already resumed work and production in China, and can actively and timely respond to the needs of overseas customers. At the same time, Omron also organized and analyzed the impact and changes of the epidemic on customer production sites and work itself, actively thinking about i-Automation! How to empower customers and turn challenges into more opportunities.
For the future development of the industrial automation market, Da Chang He Zhi still maintains an optimistic attitude. At present, Omron is optimistic about the secondary battery, food and beverage, semiconductor and other industry markets.
I-Automation! Diexin
Visualization is required at the manufacturing site
The methodologies for intelligent manufacturing in Japan and China are not the same. Da Chang Hezhi stated that “Made in China” promotes practical operations through concepts, anticipates the concepts of informatization, digitization, and intelligence, and then gradually implements them on manufacturing sites. “The Japanese manufacturing industry does not place too much emphasis on the concepts of informatization, digitization, and intelligence, but focuses on optimizing and improving every detail of the manufacturing site.”
From i-Automation! From the birth of concepts to the gradual implementation and upgrading of integrated (control evolution), intelligent (intelligence), and interactive (new human-machine cooperation) in manufacturing sites, Omron is more concerned with how to help customers solve practical problems, innovate manufacturing sites, and innovate the future of automation.

Building a modern factory has become a mainstream demand at present, but Da Chang He Zhi directly points to customers’ “misconceptions”. “Building a modern factory is not just about achieving informatization and intelligence. Omron believes that improving production efficiency and product quality on the manufacturing site, reducing energy consumption, and visualizing is the first step.”
At the upcoming 22nd China International Industrial Expo (CIIE), Omron will showcase intelligent unit production lines featuring human-machine collaboration. This production line integrates advanced technologies unique to Omron such as AI, IoT, MOMA ※, and collaborative robots. Based on big data analysis, it is actually applied in Omron’s own factory’s near future production management system.

By visualizing the management of homework and process status, Omron creates a self disciplined production site, reducing talent training time by half; Through traceability management, the defect outflow rate caused by manual operation errors is reduced to 0; By leveraging the advantages of both humans and robots and improving automation levels, production efficiency can be doubled.

Yaskawa Electric, Motor, E-Learning

YASKAWA takes pride in its sports technology, which serves as a platform in the global industrial sector and contributes to improving the added value of machinery. Since its launch in 1997, the MP series of machine controllers has been continuously improving in order to address issues such as high-speed and precise control of machinery and devices at a higher level, improving production efficiency by shortening interval times, reducing costs by simplifying systems, and solving system visualization.
YASKAWA takes pride in its sports technology, which serves as a platform in the global industrial sector and contributes to improving the added value of machinery. Since its launch in 1997, the MP series of machine controllers has been continuously improving in order to address issues such as high-speed and precise control of machinery and devices at a higher level, improving production efficiency by shortening interval times, reducing costs by simplifying systems, and solving system visualization.

As a successor to the MP2000 series, the Yaskawa Machine Controller MP3300 has a synchronous scanning speed of up to 0.125ms. MP3300 provides a system solution based on the concept of “solving FA device problems, balancing environment and energy conservation”. It can be combined with various network basic units, CPU modules, and optional machine controllers according to the user’s control scale and control cabinet specifications.

Since its launch, YASKAWA’s MP3000 series of machine controllers have been trusted by customers for their high-performance motion control and stable quality.
The MP3200, which is mainly characterized by controlling the number of axes and high data communication, is the core product of this series. In order to meet the needs of high-speed and high-performance equipment, as well as cost reduction and efficiency improvement in industries such as semiconductor production and electronic component assembly, YASKAWA has successively released CPU units CPU-201 and CPU-202 for use with M3200.

In recent years, in addition to high-speed control performance, the market’s demand for high-speed data communication that can control more axes and peripheral device data is still increasing. For this reason, YASKAWA has also launched CPU-203. This CPU unit is equipped with multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports while improving program execution performance, and has been widely praised in the market.
On the basis of CPU-203, YASKAWA has developed a new CPU-203F that supports the next-generation industrial network MECHATROLINK-4 (100Mbps) communication. Compared to the previous MECHATROLINK-III, the newly launched MECHATROLINK-4 has increased its transmission efficiency by four times. Therefore, while CPU-203F achieves high-speed communication, the number of axes that CPU-203F can control increases without optional modules. CPU-203F unit and YASKAWA Σ- The combination of X series drives can significantly improve the performance of customer devices.

Product features of CPU-203F
1. Improved sports processing performance
Equipped with four MECHATROLINK-4 communication processors, MECHATROLINK-4 communication processing can be executed in parallel. Supports a transmission cycle of 62.5 Å and increases the number of axes controlled for each transmission cycle. Without optional modules, up to 256 axis servo can be controlled.
2. Improvement of ladder diagram programming performance
Adopting multi-core high-speed processors. It can optimize the processing capabilities of each core and improve the execution and processing capabilities of ladder programs.
3. Standard with 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports
Two ports can be used as information type data processing (universal Ethernet) ports and control type data processing (EtherNET/IP) ports respectively, achieving high-speed communication through parallel means.

Schneider Electric and Jinrong Tianyu signed a service cooperation agreement

Schneider Electric, a Digital transformation expert in the field of global energy management and automation, and Tianjin Jinrong Tianyu Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Jinrong Tianyu”) officially signed the Service Cooperation Agreement. Both parties agree to further engage in in-depth exchanges around supply chain, digital factories, intelligent manufacturing, sustainable development, and other fields on the basis of providing a one-stop digital solution for smart energy systems, and work together to innovate to create a win-win and sustainable partnership. Zhang Kaipeng, senior vice president of Schneider Electric and head of the global supply chain in China, Li Jimin, vice president of Schneider Electric in China and head of the national sales department’s industrial sales and development department, Sun Xingwen, chairman of Jin Rongtianyu, Zhao Hong, president of Jin Rongtianyu, and Xiao Yunzhi, vice president of Jin Rongtianyu, attended the signing ceremony.
Sun Xingwen, chairman of Jinrong Tianyu, said: “This signing activity marks that Schneider Electric has helped Jinrong Tianyu enter a new stage of zero carbon transformation and sustainable development, and Jinrong Tianyu will usher in new opportunities for green and high-quality development.”

The manufacturing industry is the mainstay of China’s national economy. The green development and transformation and upgrading of manufacturing enterprises are crucial for the realization of China’s economy and the “dual carbon” goals. And digital technology can help manufacturing enterprises more effectively improve energy efficiency and achieve green and low-carbon production goals.
Jinrong Tianyu is a high-tech enterprise focusing on the research, development, production and sales of precision metal parts and energy storage products in the whole industrial chain technology, and has maintained a long-term friendly cooperation relationship with Schneider Electric. Through this signing, Schneider Electric will further promote the development level of informatization and intellectualization of equipment and facilities in Jinrong Tianyu Plant, enrich its energy consumption management means in the plant, improve equipment energy consumption supervision ability, practically meet the demand for safe production guarantee such as prediction, early warning and pretreatment of electrical equipment, and achieve economic benefits and reflect social benefits while ensuring energy conservation and consumption reduction.
In the future cooperation process, both parties promise to continue to cooperate around the application and innovation of Schneider Electric’s medium and low voltage products, as well as equipment energy consumption management, life cycle management, safe operation management, informatization and digital operation and maintenance solutions, and jointly establish digital integrated solutions, improve the convenience, safety, energy efficiency and intelligence of Jinrong Tianyu’s operation and management, and achieve the goal of cost reduction and efficiency increase; And will further expand the field of technical cooperation, exploring the use of EcoStruxure ™ A feasible solution for platform application, analysis, and service level cooperation. In addition, Schneider Electric will also provide one-stop overall solutions for Jinrong Tianyu and other overseas factory subsidiaries nationwide, and continue to track the construction of Jinrong smart energy management system, provide advice and guidance for them, and help the “double carbon” construction.
Zhao Hong, President of Jinrong Tianyu, said, “Based on the cooperation between the two sides in the field of carbon reduction, Jinrong Tianyu has gained new grip on lean digitization, energy conservation and emission reduction, and sustainable development. Both sides will establish a long-term communication mechanism, output tangible carbon reduction results, and assume corporate social responsibility

As one of the first partners to join Schneider Electric’s “Master of Carbon Reduction” project, Jin Rong Tianyu has cooperated with Schneider Electric for more than 20 years. Schneider Electric has helped Jin Rong Tianyu grow all the way from the aspects of training, hand in hand support for key projects and technical support. By the end of 2022, the company’s carbon emission reduction per billion yuan of sales has decreased by 22.2%, Its smart energy system project has also been successfully selected as a successful case of Schneider Electric’s “carbon reduction master” plan, and has worked with Schneider Electric to promote the joint construction of a broader sustainable ecosystem.
Senior Vice President of Schneider Electric Zhang Kaipeng, the head of global supply chain in China, said: “As an active promoter of energy transformation and power system innovation, Schneider Electric looks forward to working hand in hand with Jinrong Tianyu in the future to deepen cooperation and development between the two sides in supply chain cooperation, digital factory, intelligent manufacturing, sustainable development and other fields, enhance strategic mutual trust, seek innovation and win-win, explore a green development path for more manufacturing enterprises, and inject more power into the construction of new smart energy systems.”

The seminar on equipment safety between Pirci and Faurecia was successfully held

As one of the top ten auto parts technology enterprises in the world, Faurecia has always attached great importance to equipment safety, and has long been a partner with Pirci to work together on the road of equipment safety and safe production.

On July 26, Pilci and Faurecia held a “new look” equipment safety seminar in Changzhou, Jiangsu Province. Pilci’s safety experts and Faurecia’s EHS elites had a one-day in-depth exchange. The regular technical exchange in the morning was held in the banquet hall on the third floor of the Fuli Wanda Jiahua Hotel in Changzhou. In the afternoon, we went to Pierce’s production factory in Jintan, Changzhou for a rich and colorful visit experience and practical exercises. With the joint efforts of all personnel, this exchange activity was a complete success.

Profession has always been the “ace” of Pearce Magnetic
As a safety expert from Germany, since entering the Chinese market, Pierce Magnetic has taken on the banner of “preaching and teaching” in the field of mechanical safety, conveying our professional knowledge to users and conquering them with our professional knowledge. If you want to ask, what makes Peel Magnet stand out in the fierce market competition? Actually, it’s very simple, only with the word ‘professional’.
Immersive Experience of the Charm of Security Automation


In the afternoon of this exchange activity, a group of people came to the Jintan factory of Pirci. Here, users can not only closely observe the intelligent factory that conforms to the concept of Industry 4.0, test drive the Six degrees of freedom racing platform, but also manually connect the safety control system, and carry out risk assessment practice on the new PRBT test platform, which focuses on an immersive experience, This is a configuration that has never been seen in any previous technical exchange seminar.
In order to provide users with a good activity experience, we divided the entire activity area into multiple functional areas, grouped people, and assigned different activity lines to each group, so as to avoid gathering too many people in a functional area and affecting the activity effect.
The intelligent factory conforms to the concept of “personalized customization and mass production”. Each user visiting the area can personally operate and customize a pen or business card box for themselves, which can be considered a small accompanying gift for this event. Everyone is very happy when they receive the exclusive customized product from the material collection port. Maybe what excites everyone is not this small gift, but the bright future of manufacturing industry seen in the process of product customization.

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