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NX Series Safety Controller Honored as a Winner in the 2013 Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards

Omron Industrial Automation - Schaumburg, IL

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NX Series Safety Controller Honored as a Winner in the 2013 Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards

Press release date: February 20, 2014

Controllers promote seamless integration of safety and other automation disciplines

SCHAUMBURG, IL – OMRON Automation and Safety announces that NX Series Safety Controllers have been selected as a Golden Mousetrap Award Winner in the Automation and Controls category. The Omron NX Series represents a breakthrough by combining automation and safety on the same EtherCAT® network in a mixed I/O backplane to promote design flexibility and minimize wiring costs. The Awards celebrate the companies, products, and people who are energizing North American design, engineering, and manufacturing.

The Golden Mousetrap Awards, sponsored by UBM Canon, publisher of Design News, were announced at a special ceremony held during the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, February 11. From the hundreds of entries received, the Design News Content Team and Advisory Board selected 55 finalists in 15 categories. Finalists represent the best products, technologies and services that were brought to market in 2013. The Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards program has been honoring excellence for more than two decades.

"The NX Safety Controller is a particularly exciting introduction because, in combination with our new NX I/O system and Sysmac NJ Controllers, it represents a decisive step towards the complete integration of safety, logic, motion and vision disciplines – and it does so in one software platform (Sysmac Studio), on one network (EtherCAT) and in one control system (Sysmac NJ Controller)," says Matt Dodds, Product Marketing Manager – Safety, OMRON Automation and Safety.

The NX series combines automation and safety on the same EtherCAT® network in a mixed I/O backplane to promote design flexibility and minimize wiring costs. A single intuitive software programming environment reduces machine and safety design time, while an auto configuration restart function eliminates the need for tools or software to exchange I/O hardware. The result is a seamlessly integrated solution that helps maximize machine flexibility, safety and productivity for the total machine lifecycle. 

Their functionality and flexibility make these safety controllers ideally suited for applications such as automotive robotic work cells, larger flexible packaging machines and material handling work cells with multiple access points.

Read about more about the Golden Mousetrap Award Finalists and Winners on, Facebook, or Twitter. Images from the ceremony will be posted to the Design News Facebook page.

About UBM Canon
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About Omron Automation and Safety
At OMRON Automation and Safety our mission is "to keep people safe and highly productive on the factory floor."

We accomplish this by leveraging our world-renowned Omron STI safety products and solutions brought to machine builders and users through an international distribution channel that includes more than 100 factory-trained distributors in the United States and Canada alone. These skilled partners have access to an unmatched family of machine safety solutions and application expertise to solve the toughest automation challenges. In short, OMRON Automation and Safety is the leading global provider of machine safety and automation solutions, with the know-how to recommend and apply unbiased solutions for our customers whenever and wherever they need us.

For more information contact OMRON Automation and Safety, The Americas Headquarters, Schaumburg, IL USA; 847-843-7900; 800-556-6766;

• Sysmac is a trademark or registered trademark of OMRON Corporation in Japan and other countries for OMRON factory automation products.
• EtherCAT® is a registered trademark and patented technology, licensed by Beckhoff Automation GmbH, Germany.
• Other company names and product names in this document are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
• PLCopen is an organization that promotes IEC 61131-3, the global standard for PLC programming and recommends reducing costs for education, operation, maintenance, and engineering by standardization of programming.

Company Contact:
Matt Dodds


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