How Omron Can Help Electronics Manufacturers Prepare for Future Events Similar to COVID-19

August 4, 2020

As the world reels from the immediate and secondary effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic, electronics manufacturers are struggling to enforce social distancing and protect their team members by finding ways to have fewer people in a working area at any given time.

One of Omron’s biggest goals as an automation supplier is to help companies allocate manual labor in the most efficient way while minimizing their team’s exposure to any hazards, including infectious disease. By strategically introducing automation, manufacturers can keep their employees safe and let them focus on less-repetitive tasks while improving productivity.

Here are a few automation technologies that can help ease the stress caused by COVID-19:

1. Remote management technologies

With advanced technologies that let you manage your operations remotely, there’s no need to be present on the factory floor to gather data from sensors and other components or program your PLCs. These things can be done from anywhere in the world, making social distancing concerns irrelevant.

Omron’s powerful Sysmac Studio allows you to remotely configure complete automation systems with subcomponents, including PLCs, sensors, motion control, machine vision and safety. It’s easy to set up and read data via a number of industrial protocols like OPC UA, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT.

2. Predictive maintenance solutions

Many electronics manufacturers rely on regularly scheduled inspections of critical equipment in order to determine maintenance needs. Unfortunately, this strategy can cause any issues that arise between inspection dates to go unnoticed and can lead to unnecessary downtime. Omron’s solution is to bring in technologies that can monitor equipment health on a 24/7 basis.

Omron offers artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for predictive maintenance as well as a variety of sensors and other means of around-the-clock monitoring. One option for continuous electrical panel observation is Omron’s K6PM thermal condition monitor, which reduces component failure-related downtime and makes equipment health visible remotely.

3. Robust traceability systems

To support social distancing during the COVID-19 era, it helps tremendously to have complete visibility into production processes and the location of all works-in-progress. For instance, it’s much more efficient to have an automated method for knowing whether certain PCBs have gone through the testing process than it is to have employees manually keep track.

Omron’s MicroHAWK barcode readers are the perfect tools for traceability with the user-friendly WebLink interface that lets you enter a reader’s IP address on any web-enabled host to start decoding right away. Reader controls can be adjusted remotely whenever you need to make changes to PCB composition, and you can monitor results in real-time.

4. Collaborative and mobile robots

To support social distancing, it’s a good idea to replace drawn-out and tedious tasks with robotics, as this also improves productivity. While it may be impractical to install large-scale industrial robots, collaborative robots like Omron’s TM Series (which can safely work alongside a human operator) can dramatically ease the burden of repetitive tasks.

An excellent example of a common industry task that can be improved by introducing collaborative robots is PCB in-circuit testing. When done manually, employees spend large amounts of time waiting for the test to complete before removing the board from the machine and loading the next one. Automation allows employees to cover more creative tasks.

In a similar vein, mobile robots like Omron’s LD Series can automate repetitive and cumbersome materials transport tasks like moving supplies from the warehouse to the manufacturing station. Mobile robots can also be the foundation for automated disinfecting systems, such as those that use UV light to sterilize the plant floor.

Important Links Bar.jpg


Related Articles

Network Infrastructure Featured Product Spotlight

PBUS 14 Panduit logo 400

This webinar presented by Beth Lessard and Keith Cordero will be highlighting three Panduit solutions that will optimize network equipment and cabling to ensure that your spaces are efficiently and properly managed to support ever-evolving business needs of today and beyond. Products that will be featured include PanZone TrueEdge Wall Mount Enclsoure, Cable Managers, and Adjustable Depth 4-Post Rack.


Editor’s Pick: Featured Product News

Siemens: SIMOVAC Non-Arc-Resistant and SIMOVAC-AR Arc-Resistant Motor Controllers

The Siemens SIMOVAC medium-voltage non-arc-resistant and SIMOVAC-AR arc-resistant controllers have a modular design incorporating up to two 12SVC400 (400 A) controllers, housed in a freestanding sheet steel enclosure. Each controller is UL 347 class E2, equipped with three current-limiting fuses, a non-load-break isolating switch, and a fixed-mounted vacuum contactor (plug-in type optional for 12SVC400). The enclosure is designed for front access, allowing the equipment to be located with the rear of the equipment close to a non-combustible wall.

Read More

Sponsored Content
Electrify Your Enterprise

Power is vital to production, and well-designed control cabinets are key. Allied Electronics & Automation offers a comprehensive collection of control cabinet solutions including PLCs, HMIs, contactors, miniature circuit breakers, terminal block connectors, DIN-rail power supplies, pushbutton switches, motor starters, overloads, power relays, industrial Ethernet switches and AC drives engineered to keep your operations running safely, reliably and efficiently.

Learn more HERE.

Products for Panel Builders

  • Panduit: G6 PDU Series Boosts Panduit PDU Offerings

    Panduit: G6 PDU Series Boosts Panduit PDU Offerings

    Panduit is pleased to announce the global release of its G6 PDU Series. The innovative G6 line marries the best-in-class form factor of the G5 Series with an upgraded intelligence card to bring faster performance along with new functions and cybersecurity improvements to customers. Among the main features of the G6 PDU is its low-profile… Read More…

  • Russelectric, A Siemens Business: ATS Remote Annunciator

    Russelectric, A Siemens Business: ATS Remote Annunciator

    Russelectric, A Siemens Business, introduces its new ATS Remote Annunciator (RTS-RA), a powerful accessory that brings together data from multiple Automatic Transfer Switches into a single display. The remote annunciator is designed to be configured by the customer. It allows monitoring of the position and status of up to eight Russelectric ATS types RTSCD and… Read More…