New I4 SCARA Robot is Designed for Multiple Configurations and Applications

Press Release Summary:

Omron’s I4 SCARA Robot are available in i4-650, i4-750 and i4-850 models with arm reach of 650mm, 750mm and 850mm respectively. Enabling synchronization between automation devices such as controllers, vision sensors and servo motors, unit facilitates advanced assembly, inserting and mounting processes. Robot is integrated with iCS controller and an EtherCAT module directly connected on the robot controller arm. Unit features built-in display and a light ring (health lighting indicator) that simplifies troubleshooting and predictive maintenance.


Original Press Release:

Omron to Introduce New I4 Scara Product Family

Top of the line SCARA in speed and precision is designed for easy integration into the production line with predictive maintenance functions

Omron Corporation (Headquarters: Kyoto, Japan. President and CEO: Yoshihito Yamada), a global leader in automation technology, announced today at Automatica, the leading exhibition for smart automation and robotics, that it will be introducing a new line of SCARA robots, boasting sleek design and enhanced performance. Named the “i4,” the new generation of SCARA robot will save space during installation, and allow easier configuration into existing production lines. The i4 is fast, repeatable, easy to operate and flexible for multiple configurations and applications.

Please stop by at Booth 310 in the B5 Hall at Automatica to see and experience Omron’s new i4 SCARA firsthand.

Manufacturers around the world are facing major challenges in having to produce a high mix low volume of products and shorter product life cycles while dealing with labor shortage issues. Therefore, manufacturing companies must maintain flexibility in quick changeovers and production line layout changes. They are also challenged by sudden stops, and more than ever need to meet the demands of high accuracy and speed during assembly processes.

To meet these challenges, the i4 line features better communication through EtherCAT, enabling synchronization between other automation devices. This facilitates advanced assembly, inserting and mounting processes that require high accuracy and demanding throughput, as well as ensured quality control with vision integration.

Also, i4 visualizes working data and supervises its status with the world’s first built-in signals for preventive maintenance, allowing users to mitigate unplanned downtime. In keeping with Omron’s mission to innovate based on social need like the above, the features of the i4 makes it possible for this new SCARA line to meet the demands of mass customization, allowing manufacturers to produce high mixes of products at low volume to offer a wider array of goods to people.

Main Features

1. Fast and Easy Installation

The compact controller (iCS) is fully integrated into a stylized base, minimizing footprint and less wiring with no flyover cable, and making the i4 effortless to install. The i4 also has the world’s first design of EtherCAT module, connected directly on the robot controller and arm, which allows users more flexibility in configuring the equipment. The i4 series will run on interactive software that will make it easier to users to program and use the robots.

2. No Unpredicted Downtime

The i4 is the world’s first SCARA robot with a built-in display designed to simplify troubleshooting and predictive maintenance. The i4 communicates with users to reduce unscheduled downtime, using a light ring and display embedded into the base that indicates the right operations to perform at the right times. The light rings serve as the world’s first robot “health” lighting indicator, informing users of its current mode, such as, “warranty update required.” With the new i4, manual checks and maintenance plans are no longer necessary, which can save opportunity loss.

3. High-speed and High-accuracy

Omron’s new i4 has EtherCAT connectivity, which allows the i4 robots to easily communicate with other equipment in the production line. By synchronizing the i4 with Omron’s devices such as controllers, vision sensors and servo motors, customers will benefit by establishing the most optimal production line with advanced speed and accuracy. This will enable complex assembly tasks that were not possible before.

4. Satisfying Flexibility Needs

The i4 SCARA family will meet various customer needs, optimizing the machine cost and overall performance and enable more flexible line expansions. In spring 2019, Omron will introduce the first three models: the i4-650, i4-750 and i4-850, which have an arm reach of 650mm, 750mm and 850mm, respectively. The payload can hold up to 15kg, which is three times heavier than before. Customers also have a choice of two different Z-axis strokes (210mm and 410mm) for each robot.

Special models will include the IP65, Clean Room ISO 4 (Class 10), ESD and models that use H1 grease – meeting the specific needs of various industries and applications. The i4 will also come with an inverted model with the same sophisticated design.

The launch of the i4 series is part of a larger Omron strategic concept called the “innovative-Automation!” initiative, which aims to innovate the manufacturing environment. By introducing the new SCARA family, Omron continues to pursue remarkable enhancements in labor-saving and productivity for the manufacturing industry.

About Omron

Omron Corporation is a leading industrial automation company that leverages its core sensing & control technologies to expand into businesses, such as control components, electronic components, automotive electronic components, social infrastructure, healthcare, and the environment. Omron was established in 1933, and has around 36,000 global employees, offering products and services in over 117 nations and regions. In the industrial automation business, Omron is contributing to making an affluent society by offering automation technologies which drive innovation in manufacturing as well as products and customer support. For more detail, industrial.omron.eu.

 About “innovative-Automation!”

As a leader in industrial automation, Omron has extensive lines of control components and equipment, ranging from image-processing sensors and other input devices to various controllers and output devices such as servo motors, as well as a range of safety devices and industrial robots. By combining these devices via software, Omron has developed a variety of unique and highly effective automation solutions for manufacturers worldwide. Based on its reservoir of advanced technologies and comprehensive range of devices, Omron set forth a strategic concept called "innovative-Automation!" consisting of three innovations or “i’s”: “integrated” (control evolution), “intelligent” (development of intelligence by ICT), and “interactive” (new harmonization between people and machines). Omron is now committed to bringing innovation to manufacturing sites by materializing this concept.

About EtherCAT network

EtherCAT is an Ethernet-based, fast, accurate and highly efficient network in terms of data transmission. It is the fastest emerging network for machine automation, and automation leader Omron’s de facto machine network for a wide range of field and motion devices.

For more information please contact:

Omron Europe B.V., Wegalaan 67-69, 2132 JD Hoofddorp, the Netherlands.

Marion Beekhuizen, Tel.: +31 6 1133 7151

Email: marion.beekhuizen@eu.omron.com

EMG, Lelyweg 6, 4612 PS, Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands.

Anouk Luykx, Tel.: +31 164 317 017

Email: aluykx@emg-pr.com

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