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Omron’s redesigned Automation Center set to fast-track the factory of the future

Omron’s redesigned Automation Center set to fast-track the factory of the future

Following a major redesign to incorporate a brand-new demonstration area, Omron’s Automation Center is helping to ease the transition to automation for manufacturers, putting them on the fast-track to the factory of the future. The Barcelona-based facility enables visitors from across the EMEA region to collaborate with Omron to develop general and application-specific industrial automation solutions, including robotics, vision, quality control, flexible manufacturing and AI, increasing the chance of project success and boosting confidence in the marketplace.

Harnessing Omron’s 88 years of applied knowledge and experience, the newly updated and expanded Automation Center allows customers to experience all the benefits of a connected, intelligent factory – including reduced waste, increased throughput and greater production flexibility – before making an investment.

By facilitating collaboration at the earliest stage of a project between Omron’s specialist engineers, its supply chain partners and the customer, the Automation Center generates a unique pool of intelligence, which can be harnessed to turn preliminary ideas into robust yet simplified automation solutions. Besides unlocking innovation, this proof-of-concept initiative enables any potential issues to be identified and addressed during the design phase before they become real-world problems. Helping manufacturers to avoid taking decisions which could stifle innovation or prove unnecessarily costly or time-consuming, the Automation Center de-risks project investment, reassuring customers that their solution will be fit for purpose from day one.

Antoni Farràs, general manager of the Omron Automation Center Barcelona, comments: “We aim to inspire manufacturers, system integrators and machine builders to adapt their business to meet the changing needs of customers and society. Our goal is to help them realize the possibilities of innovative manufacturing and address current challenges; for example, by creating new solutions to respond to and recover from the global pandemic.”

As well as facilitating the factories of the future, Omron’s Automation Center also has a key part to play in inspiring the next generation of jobs. According to one report, 85% of the roles that will exist in 2030 have not yet been invented; by showing the art of the possible and giving organisations the confidence to embrace the latest technological innovations, the Center will ultimately generate new and exciting roles for the workforce of tomorrow, taking employees away from the production line towards more value-added and creative tasks.


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