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Discussing innovation for smart factories

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Omron recently hosted its Innovation Conference at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng. The informative event was dedicated to enlightening Omron customers, industry stakeholders, and automation enthusiasts on the advanced technology offerings from the company. Victor Marques, country general manager for Omron Electronics SA, kicked off the proceedings by introducing the company’s extensive team of field applications engineers dedicated to offering advanced customer support. This team ensures that suitable solutions are deployed and operate in line with each individual customer’s needs. “Technology is like an artwork,” said Marques. “You can always add to an artwork, like you can always add more technology to a factory, but what does the customer really need?” Omron’s Driaan Coetzer then presented on the importance of overall equipment efficiency (OEE), which should be integrated, intelligent, and interactive. He said that increased OEE creates flexible production, which enables the production of a customised product with decreased cost, and the option of a one product lot size. The minimising of unplanned stops also leads to improvement of production cycles. Further presentations took place throughout the day on safety and sensing, advanced motion solutions, and innovative Omron products.

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