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Innovating production sites to build a sustainable future

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The many dilemmas confronting the manufacturing industry

Market globalization, changing consumer needs, carbon neutrality goals, digitalization and other advances in production technology; birthrate decline and population aging; the evolving values of factory workers— These are just some of the rapid changes bombarding the manufacturing industry. To keep pace with these changes and cater to social needs essential to sustainable development, the manufacturing site must overcome several dilemmas.

Capital Productivity & Flexibility

The increasing risks faced by production sites overly reliant on human workers

With labor shortages intensifying, it is becoming increasingly risky for production sites to overly rely on human labor. In the capital-intensive manufacturing sector, this has accelerated labor-saving through investments in mechanization and automation. This mechanization and automation, however, must also be able to flexibly address diversifying consumer needs.

Rationally Economic & Environmental

Management risks posed by decarbonization

Economic rationality—that is, producing better products at lower costs—is a constant challenge for the manufacturing industry. In view of social materiality, companies are also increasingly required to manufacture their products in ways that contribute to decarbonization and help preserve the global environment.

Tech Evolution & Human Proficiency

Securing talents and training workers faster

To beat competitors in the manufacturing industry, keeping pace with ongoing advances in production technologies is a must. With the declining number of manufacturing workers and shortage of highly-skilled engineers, however, securing and quickly training personnel that can make full use of such advanced technologies is getting more difficult every year.

Productivity & Human Dignity

Work-life balance and work satisfaction

Working environments that are safe and comfortable to work in, and empower workers to unleash their potential are required. Manufacturing sites must grant workers satisfaction and a sense of growth in their work, enabling them to engage in more creative activities.

A manufacturing innovation concept for solving social issues on the manufacturing site

We solve many different challenges related to such social issues the production site faces with the solutions we create by synergizing and advancing three approaches to innovation in automation; integrated (advanced control), intelligent, and interactive (advanced human-machine collaboration) technologies.

That is our i-Automation! concept for manufacturing innovation.

A sustainable future through a new type of manufacturing site

OMRON’s goal is to help create a sustainable society by implementing sustainable automation that can co-exist with the global environment and deliver high worker satisfaction, while also driving the advanced evolution of manufacturing. Central to this endeavor are our state-of-the-art i-Automation! products, built on our three new concepts for manufacturing: "Autonomation Beyond Human Ability," "Advanced Collaboration Between Human and Machines," and "Digital Engineering Innovation."