Superior Collaboration Between Individuals and Machines

As industries proceed to develop and mature, companies are more and more turning to industrial automation to spice up productiveness within the office and deal with the challenges they face. Most firms have discovered that human-machine collaboration and industrial automation options can successfully translate labour-intensive, repetitive and dangerous duties, maintaining human staff contemporary and wholesome, whereas additionally rushing up the time it takes to perform these duties.

Trade 4.0 remains to be in its nascent stage if we take the industries in India into consideration, nonetheless, the acceptability of automation options is rising virtually each day. Individuals in India additionally realise the worth addition that these industrial automation options supplier to their operations. From decide and place to surgical inspection of the product high quality, Industrial automation is being welcomed by the {industry} with open arms, and when these options are coupled with synthetic intelligence and machine studying software program, the potential of automation grows manifolds.

What follows forward is a particularly insightful dialog with Sameer Gandhi, MD, Omron Automation, and India. Sameer was nicely quipped in efficiently portraying a discernible panorama of Industrial automation eventualities on the earth and India, its key drivers and Omron’s newest expertise providing in regard to the identical. Excerpts:

with Sameer Gandhi, MD, Omron Automation, India

ELE Occasions: Please inform our readers concerning the new applied sciences and options that your organization has displayed just lately on the Automation Expo 2022.

Making an attempt a distinct method to showcase our sturdy intent to deal with the actual challenges & problems with producers on the store flooring, this time we displayed extra options quite than merchandise at our sales space on the Automation Expo.

It ranged from Decide-n-place robotic options displaying the dexterity of selecting up small parts – a really related providing for the digital industry- to Predictive Upkeep options which assist to cut back unscheduled downtime. The predictive upkeep options purpose to reply one of many largest challenges within the {industry} which is the provision of expert and skilled labour for predictive upkeep.

We additionally showcased our Cobots options for palettizing capabilities and likewise highlighted its uniqueness to work together with people safely with out the necessity for fencing or an enclosure.

Traceability was one other resolution, displayed by us on the sales space. This underlined the utility of OMRON laser markers to mark bar codes or textual content on parts, Omron verifiers to learn and confirm the code on parts, in addition to the Flying Set off expertise that permits bar code studying on the fly with out having to cease the part and at last the NX PLCs for sending the info to the cloud for post-despatch verification and information.

ELE Occasions: Is there a big distinction between utilizing a cobot and a conventional robotic for end-of-line packaging or palletizing? If sure, then please elaborate for our readers.

Sure, for duties like palletizing or end-of-line packaging which often must be carried out over a small footprint and the place the format and workflow are such that the human operator/employee should transfer in that space, stopping the incorporation of a fenced robotic, it’s splendid to make use of a Cobot. Cobots have a flexible utility and can be utilized throughout industries and sizes of operations.

ELE Occasions: We at the moment are standing within the midst of the fourth industrial revolution and right this moment’s manufacturing unit manufacturing traces bristle with automated management methods, software program, laptop panels and robots. What are your views and response to the traditional speculation of manpower requirement getting snow beneath Industrial Automation?

The 4th Industrial Automation signifies collaboration and concord between individuals and machines to allow manufacturing to realize world-class requirements. It’s not machines changing people nevertheless it’s all about people and machines working collectively to realize newer, higher and extra inventive methods of doing issues.

OMRON goals to develop new manufacturing that permits individuals to maximise their potential and expertise progress and motivation by making individuals a number one function whereas advancing the substitution from individuals to machines. Leaving the heavy labour and easy repetitive work to robots, machines assist human proficiency and purpose to understand a producing web site the place staff can take pleasure in their work creatively and revel in manufacturing, and on the identical time obtain excessive productiveness by embodying the idea of the “Superior collaboration between individuals and machines.

ELE Occasions: What are your thought on the extent of commercial automation in India in distinction to the remainder of the world?

In India, larger producers within the area of industries like automotive, secondary packaging, FMCG, and client electronics have made appreciable progress in adopting automation nonetheless the trail stays just a little perplexing for the SMEs. They’ve a dire want for higher ranges of flexibility, high quality, and consistency amidst challenges like little or no scope of extension or modification of the store flooring area, scarcity of expert manpower and most significantly meagre capital infusion capabilities.

One of many key requisites for increasing the penetration of automation within the nation’s manufacturing sector is to strengthen the provision of a associate ecosystem. Most automation necessities are distinctive and should be run like a small venture. These require some mechanical additions or modifications to the purchasers’ present setup. Whereas bigger organisations could possibly run a few of these initiatives on their very own, lots of the MSME sector organizations often don’t have the required ability units to execute such initiatives. That is the place the function of system integrators (SIs) comes into the image. They marry the robotic/cobot with the required mechanical design and implement it at buyer areas. Whereas India has many such SIs, we require a considerable enhance of their quantity. Though, given the technological ability set availability and an entrepreneurial mindset, it is just a matter of time earlier than this ecosystem additionally develops quickly.

ELE Occasions: How is OMRON leveraging AI and machine studying to strengthen the Automation providers?

OMRON has been earnestly making an attempt to combine AI and machine studying in its portfolio as a result of we really feel the combination is required to herald the perfect of human-machine concord. The previous few years have been manifesting many notable issues that point out the transformation the manufacturing world is present process. With the idea of glocalization changing globalization, mass customization is giving technique to customized manufacturing mandates. With local weather modifications and unprecedented conditions like Covid, consumption orientation is getting changed with sustenance orientation. Additionally post-pandemic, the makers at the moment are pondering over social wants, greater than ever, quite than solely {industry} and production-based wants. All this calls for the I4.0-based data-driven methods to do extra and fetch extra sustainable outcomes by transitioning to knowledge-driven methods.  Therefore there’s a have to do extra and that may be achieved after we combine AI and machine studying to realize concord in any respect ranges: human-human, human-machine, machine-machine and vice versa.

ELE Occasions: Please inform our readers about Omron’s present and future plans for the packaging automation sector in India. 

There was speedy adoption of extra superior automation within the packaging equipment manufacturing {industry} in India within the final two years as demand for pace and effectivity has grown post-Covid. OMRON works very intently with a few of India’s main packaging machine producers particularly within the vertical type fill seal (VFFS) and horizontal type fill seal (HFFS) segments and can proceed to make deeper and wider progress within the phase.

The acceptance of robotics in machine manufacturing has additionally elevated in the previous few years. Covid made producers notice that persons are not going to be out there each time. This gave a lift to the adoption of actions like zero contact. OMRON has executed initiatives involving high-speed decide and place the place full traces have been automated by a number of robots and this may additionally stay one among our prime focus areas sooner or later too.

the way forward for the {industry} per se, I really feel there was a transfer from making slower machines to quicker ones and likewise from making easier machines to extra complicated machines. This evolution will proceed to happen within the Indian packaging machine manufacturing area.

Mayank Vashisht | Sub Editor | ELE Occasions

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