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Flexible Manufacturing Roadshow proves a hit

240606_OmronOMRON’s Flexible Manufacturing Roadshow recently concluded its European tour with well-attended invitation-only events held across three days at the RAF Museum in Cosford.

Delegates learned about a wide range of solutions that are redefining flexible, efficient, and sustainable production for the factory of the future. Live demonstrations of technology at work – usually inaccessible beyond the factory due to its size and scale – allowed delegates to experience first-hand how robotics and automation are driving flexible manufacturing approaches across a range of manufacturing sectors.

Solutions on display included: OMRON’s Mobile Manipulator (MoMa), a fusion of its autonomous mobile robot and cobot arm; its strongest HD-1500 mobile robot, ideal for heavy loads of up to 1,500 kg; a collaborative palletising cell; and IoT dashboard technology.

Delegates also heard from OMRON UK Marketing Manager Stuart Coulton on the social, environmental and technology trends that are driving flexible manufacturing. Pointing to the need for customisation and short-run production to meet consumer demands; a shortage of skilled labour; and the need to enhance sustainability, Stuart explained how flexible manufacturing is not only essential, but increasingly acts as a form of competitive differentiation for manufacturers.

The event also featured a number of OMRON technology partners, who had set up live demonstrations of real-world solutions that called on OMRON technology. Experts from Reeco Automation, Gripple Automation, Brillopak, Absolute Robotics, Hepco Automation and Factbird not only demonstrated their solutions but had experts on hand to answer questions about robotics, automation and the role of data in flexible manufacturing.

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