i-BELT Data Management Platform for Data-Driven Solution Service
OMRON Corporation has announced the development of i-DMP(i-BELT Data Management Platform), which is embedded with the i-BELT manufacturing site data utilization service.
This data-driven service streamlines the integrated management of diverse data, which has never before been utilized to bring about improvement on manufacturing floors, thus assisting customers in tackling their issues both effectively and efficiently.
In recent years, high-speed networks and other advanced information technologies have been introduced to manufacturing sites, making it possible to store and analyze a variety of field data. This in turn has turned greater attention to shop-floor initiatives that utilize such data to make positive differences in productivity and product quality. Taking a closer look at the realities on the manufacturing floor, however, there are few instances where efforts have been made to take advantage of various software and devices that support data utilization, with no tangible results. This can also be seen in the push to attain carbon neutrality, one of the prime imperatives for manufacturing businesses. Many of them say, “We’ve visualized the energy data, but we don’t know where to start to seek solutions. We also find it difficult to connect data-gathering software and devices to existing systems.”
To tackle these challenges, OMRON began offering the i-BELT on-site data utilization service in 2017. And now, this innovative service has been updated to better focus on issues unique to each manufacturer. The i-DMP, as it is called, provides manufacturers with quicker access to the i-BELT service and makes it possible for them to continuously advance solutions to their issues. With the i-DMP, for instance, they can integrate energy data and productivity data to produce an indicator for energy productivity, which may be used to drive initiatives to achieve carbon neutrality.
Having been introduced to several of OMRON’s plants, the i-DMP has demonstrated its merits. At OMRON Kyoto Taiyo Co., Ltd., it is catering to the specific needs of a welfare factory that employs persons with disabilities. In response to the growing focus on diversity in corporate management, the factory uses the system to constantly gather data on manual labor, as well as equipment data, with which to monitor the status of each worker in real time. As a result, productivity was successfully increased by 11%. Another benefit of the i-DMP is the time it takes to build a system, which is one-eighth of its predecessor. Currently, the i-DMP is typically offered as an add-on to the i-BELT service, but going ahead OMRON also plans to provide its partner businesses with the i-DMP under a license agreement.
In April 2022, OMRON kicked off its new long-term vision, Shaping the Future 2030 which states the future direction as “We will Continue to Create Innovation Driven by Social Needs Through Automation to Empower People”. As social issues become increasingly multi-layered, OMRON needs to re-envision the way it creates value. For example, in addition to the more conventional way of creating value in the form of goods, OMRON will also be combining goods and services and selecting the implementations which offer the highest value. The i-BELT manufacturing site data utilization service is one such initiative. OMRON will remain committed to further evolving the i-BELT service to visualize the ever-diversifying/complicated issues experienced on manufacturing floors and support the establishment of an improvement cycle on-site to revitalize those on the manufacturing front, thus supporting the acceleration of DX at manufacturing sites and the achievement of carbon-neutral manufacturing in our efforts to continually innovate the art of manufacturing.
The Industrial Automation business unit of OMRON is a global leader providing complete automation solutions for industrial applications. It brings innovation to manufacturing sites through automation with “Integrated”, “Intelligent” and “Interactive” concepts with one of the world’s most sophisticated and wide product range encompassing panel components, smart sensors, Vision technologies, PLCs, Servos, Drives, Robots & Cobots and Machine safety solutions (ILOR+S) technology.
In APAC, the concept of innovative-Automation has made OMRON create immense value for the manufacturing segment by solving varied issues in multifarious sectors such as automotive, food & beverage, FMCG, digital and logistics to name just a few. It strives to support manufacturing innovation with its unique sensing & control technologies and caters to customers situated in 8 countries in the region via its strong and wide network of offices, application capabilities, service and sales engineers supported by Logistics 4.0 solutions development & automation technology centers (for demos and Proof of Concepts), training centers as well as channel partners to address the ever- challenging requirements.