Omron Automation introduces the Sysmac AI Controller | Automation.com

Omron Automation introduces the Sysmac AI Controller

February 182019
Omron Automation introduces the Sysmac AI Controller

February 18, 2019– A solution for human-machine collaboration is available from automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas. The Sysmac AI Controller handles several steps in the data-driven decision process for predictive maintenance, thereby freeing up industrial professionals from calculations, analyses and infrastructure upgrades.

This solution can help manufacturers reduce the risk of bad parts or equipment damage by detecting issues early on and prompting immediate action to resolve them. Customers will be able to take advantage of Omron’s technology and its team of data scientists to facilitate predictive maintenance rather than figuring everything out on their own.

The AI functionality – also known as “machine learning” – is able to identify abnormal machine behavior without being explicitly programmed to do so. Since there could be many different factors and measurements that indicate an issue when observed together, automating the feature extraction process saves time.

The process of collecting raw data from machines is completely automated by the AI controller which operates on the “Edge” within the machine, ensuring data fidelity and consistency. In addition, the controller automatically creates data models from correlation analysis and monitor machine status based on that model.

Rather than being a cloud solution, Omron’s approach to artificial intelligence-based control involves hardware, offline software and in-person service. No internet connectivity or IT infrastructure/service is required. The hardware is based on the Sysmac NY5 IPC and the NX7 CPU and includes Omron’s AI Application Components, a library of AI predictive maintenance function blocks. Several additional AI specific utilities are also included.

Because the data collection and analysis is performed within the same hardware as the controls program, the solution provides data processing speed, accuracy and security. For the service component, Omron experts will assist in startup and provide periodic support.

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