The IPC is a PC architecture based platform that meets strict quality standards required for factory automation (FA) devices and can be supplied stably on a long-term basis. Omron assists manufacturers to make production equipment smarter by utilizing IoT and big data through the IPC. They also help boost both equipment productivity and manufacturing quality by applying know-how on advanced fine-tuning control, which they have gained through the Sysmac Automation Platform, to production lines and equipment.
The current trend to aim for is innovative manufacturing by leveraging IoT, big data, and robotics at production sites. In order to collect data for preventive maintenance, a programmable logic controller (PLC) is connected to a PC for office environments, which requires complex license management and is supported only for a short time. Builders of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and machine tools in-house produce dedicated boards equipped with real-time operating systems as main controllers. They are outsourcing development of general control functionality and concentrating resources on development of competitive core technology. These circumstances increase the global needs for PC architecture based controllers, which provide environmental resistance, reliability and allow for flexible development.
Sysmac Automation Platform
Sysmac is the latest machine automation platform from Omron with integration throughout: from controller to software. The guiding principles behind the Sysmac automation platform are:
- One controller for the entire machine or production cell
- Open communication and open programming standards
- Efficient development through an integrated software environment
: a powerful and robust automation platform, that integrates logic, motion, vision, safety, robotics, I/O, networks, and enterprise connectivity all within a single software.
Industrial PC Platform
Omron has captured these needs and developed three types of IPC's. Users can choose the best IPC from box-type PC models and all-in-one PCs with built-in monitors to suit their system configurations and applications. The IPC supports EtherCAT that is an open network used for production lines and equipment all over the world, as well as providing a developed environment that allows users to customize functionalities, which was impossible with previous PLC.
The Industrial PC offers robustness and reliability for applications in FA environments and is suitable for use with both Windows software and programs for machine control and automation. Production data can be collected to ensure stable equipment operation.
Industrial PC: IPC Machine Controller
The IPC Machine Controller combines the precision and speed of the NJ/NX series of Machine Automation Controller with the versatility and range of Windows programs on single platform by using our unique hypervisor function. This achieves both production data handling and advanced fine tuning control using ILOR+S (Input, Logic, Output, Robotics + Safety).
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