Vertical integration in automation

April 5th, 2018, Published in Articles: EngineerIT

In the complex production plants of the automotive industry, even the smallest shutdown can result in immense costs. Although these production systems are nowadays equipped with many different emergency strategies, a fault in a single component can in the worst case scenario lead to the shutdown of the whole plant. In addition to the ever increasing production quality demands, the topics of preventative maintenance and elimination of downtime are also becoming more important. Modern automation technology supports this with functions that indicate if a component is likely to fail so that it can be replaced as a preventative measure. This minimises the downtime of machines or entire plants and improves overall availability figures. Omron’s “Vertical Integration in Automation” concept for the automotive industry assumes integrated applications for the company’s new IO-Link products as a part of its total automation platform, which also includes support for EtherCAT and EtherNet/IP. For seamless integration, IO-Link products are included in the Sysmac Studio software environment. The Integrated Development Environment (IDE) provides comprehensive facilities for configuring, programming, simulating and monitoring automation systems.

Contact Laetitia de Jager, Omron, Tel 011 579-2625, laetitia.de.jager@eu.omron.com