With this new partnership, Omron and Reeco are developing cobot solutions for markets where interest in the technology is already strong, and both are seeing high levels of growth. “Once the manufacturer has a cobot installed, it becomes the norm,” says Llewelyn.
Further, he believes that the challenges driven by the Covid-19 crisis will only accelerate the take-up of cobots within industry. “New restrictions around worker density within production environments is creating a unique challenge, where numbers of operators would typically be working in close proximity on a given task. But cobots can create space on the line so that people can work further apart without any compromise on productivity.”
With Reeco now in place as its solutions partner for cobots, Omron is now looking to grow the OSP network with integrator partners for other key technology areas, including safety, vision, industrial robots and mobile/autonomous systems. The goal in each case is to find partners who, like reeco, can bring benefits to, and remove risk from, large and complex automation projects, and who can address the needs of customers not just nationally, but internationally, with automation solutions that are applicable across boarders.
As a leading company of automation centered on its proprietary Sensing & Control + Think technologies, OMRON Corporation is engaged in a wide range of businesses, including control equipment, electronic components social systems, health care and the environment. In the field of industrial automation, OMRON supports manufacturing innovation by providing advanced automation technologies and products, as well as through extensive customer support, in order to help create a better society.
Specialising in the design, development and integration of bespoke cobot solutions, Reeco focuses on providing customers with turnkey automation applications that provide real value by reducing production costs, increasing efficiency and enabling flexibility by integrating around existing equipment, operators and processes. Reeco’s offering continues to expand as the market continues to innovate, providing customers with advanced automation equipment, technologies and expert support through the supply of bespoke solutions and specialised automation products.
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