Omron Automation Americas last announced that it has opened a new Proof-of-Concept Center, or PoCC, in Novi, Michigan, where customers can collaborate with application engineers and have access to the latest technologies to develop innovative automation. The PoCC is a connected lab environment that offers real-world, hands-on application development, testing, and technical training, said the company.
“No matter the diversity of the industries our customers serve, they all understand the importance of advancing automation and integrating smarter technologies to their processes,” said Jeff Hall, senior director for technology and strategic sales at Omron Automation Americas. “It can be difficult for customers to know where to start on their Industry 4.0 journey, so leveraging the expertise of our engineers is crucial.”
“The current severe labor shortage has escalated the demand for automation technologies,” he said. “The Detroit PoCC features technologies like autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), fixed and collaborative robots, and advanced control solutions to support these industry challenges.”
Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Omron Automation Americas creates, sells, and services fully integrated systems for sensing, control, safety, vision, motion, robotics, and more. It is part of OMRON Corp., which was established in 1933 and is currently headed by President Yoshihito Yamada. The Kyoto, Japan-based company said its 30,000 employees help businesses solve problems with creativity in more than 110 countries.
Omron offers to reduce deployment risk
Omron Automation said its new Detroit-area PoCC is a place for customers in various industries ranging from manufacturing to logistics to test and validate applications. The ability to test and prove out systems prior to making a significant capital investment is important and is a valuable asset for risk mitigation, the unit added.
The new 6,000-sq. ft. (557-sq. m) center has an on-site engineering team, as well as the latest industrial automation, said Omron. This includes 3D printers, robots, artificial intelligence, machine control, advanced sensing, and safety innovations.
The PoCC also features a hands-on traceability experience where a guest can walk through a simulated manufacturing process to better understand the benefits of an advanced quality and traceability solution. The ability to detect and correct product design or production flaws can save significant time and money by avoiding future defects, recalls, and start-up delays, said Omron.
New PoCC open to visitors
The newest Omron PoCC is one of nine PoCC locations in the Americas. It is centrally located to serve companies throughout Michigan and the Midwest region and currently serves many industries including automotive, aerospace, food and commodities, infrastructure, life sciences, and logistics, said the company.
“With access to the newest and most innovative technologies in the world, customers have the ability to brainstorm with Omron experts to create innovative solutions using future technologies,” it added.
Automation and manufacturing professionals who would like to tour the facility, meet Omron experts, and learn more about its service can schedule a visit online.