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    Treading Along The Path of ‘Innovative Automation’

    The global packaging automation market size was estimated at USD 63.84 billion in 2021 and is expected to hit around USD 128.2 billion by 2030, poised to reach at a CAGR of 8.05% from 2022 to 2030. Packaging automation reduces dependency on labor, boosts packaging efficiency and repeatability, lowers the cost of packaging as a whole, and raises package quality. The demand for robust packaging solutions to guarantee the endurance and durability of the items during transit has increased as a result of the rise in disposable incomes along with the development in living standards.

    This is where Omron comes to play. The company strives to be the first choice as an Automation Partner for the packaging industry. It has a wide portfolio of solutions for both OEMs and end users comprising of advanced sensors, compact and powerful motion solutions with battery-free absolute servo motors, machine controllers with AI temperature controlling & cloud connectivity, industrial safety & assessment, and smart vision solutions to cater to all kinds of inspection needs.

    ELE Times had the opportunity to interact with Sameer Gandhi, MD, Omron Automation

    Sameer Gandhi, MD, Omron Automation India

    India. Sameer is well equipped in successfully portraying a discernible landscape of industrial automation scenarios in the world and India. 

    Q). Elaborate your motto, ‘Innovation driven by social needs’. What social needs are you targeting?

    OMRON’s mission is to improve lives and contribute to a better society by developing solutions to answer social needs. As per our recently announced long-term vision – Shaping the Future 2030 (SF 2030), we aim to focus on three social issues & needs as shown below:
    Climate change, aging of society, and increasing wealth gap among individuals.
    The goals for these three issues are achieving carbon neutrality, implementing a digital society, and extending healthy life expectancy. We believe that a society in which these issues are resolved is an ideal society where people can live an enriched life in balance with their environment.

    OMRON’s industrial automation business aims to contribute towards these social needs by improving manufacturing that helps in creating a sustainable society. Technological innovation and respect for the environment are both essential at manufacturing sites, so OMRON has developed “innovative-Automation!” to improve manufacturing sites and build a sustainable future. We aim to do it by pursuing automation to increase productivity and energy efficiency, providing solutions for manufacturing that enables people and machines to grow together and innovation in engineering.

    Q). The industry is evolving rapidly- how do you cater to the everyday growing demands and ensure that you are the first choice as an automation partner for the packaging industry?

    We ensure to be at the top of the list for customers as automation partners by providing them a wide and end-to-end portfolio of solutions and services encompassing all stages of packaging ranging from filling, sealing, and labeling to end-of-the-line palletization and visual inspection solutions delivering speed, precision, flexibility, and robustness. Our wide portfolio of solutions for both machine makers and end users comprises of advanced sensors, compact and powerful motion solutions with battery-free absolute encoder servo motors, machine controllers with AI-based temperature controls & cloud connectivity, machine safety & assessment, and smart vision solutions to cater to all kinds of inspection needs.

    Q). Tell us about your portfolio of solutions for OEMs and end users.

    OMRON is also known for a wide range of standard to food-grade robots, predictive maintenance & energy efficiency solutions, EtherCAT-based unified communication, and software technologies like anti-sloshing, vibration suppression, and perfect sealing – all controlled within a single software platform (Sysmac) indicating more harmonious human-machine collaboration – which is the forte of OMRON Automation worldwide.

    Q). How is OMRON maintaining smooth human-machine collaboration?

    We believe in creating advanced collaboration between people and machines that allows people to maximize their potentials. Human dexterity and creativity are indispensable for manufacturing that responds to the diversification and personalization of product needs. Hence, it is necessary for the evolution of manufacturing to maximize human abilities.

    OMRON aims to develop a new manufacturing ecosystem that allows people to maximize their potential and experience more growth and motivation by making superior harmonies between people and machines. For example, leaving the heavy labor and simple repetitive work to robots, machines support human proficiency & allow them to be more creative to pursue higher and better objectives.

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