OMRON and Techman Robot form strategic alliance on collaborative robots


Alliance will contribute to realising the harmonisation of humans and machines in the manufacturing industry

OMRON Corp. and Taiwan’s collaborative robot company Techman Robot Inc. have signed an agreement to form a strategic alliance in the area of collaborative robots. Through this alliance, OMRON will globally market and sell Techman’s TM series of collaborative robots via OMRON’s worldwide distribution network, starting in the second half of FY2018.

OMRON and Techman will also cooperate in developing the next generation of collaborative robots that will be easier to integrate with OMRON’s other factory automation products in order to realise an innovative manufacturing environment where humans and machines work in harmony.

OMRON’s autonomous mobile robot LD series Co-branded collaborative arm robot TM series

Factories worldwide are facing major challenges in having to manufacture a high mix low volume of products to meet their customer demands and shorter product life cycles while dealing with labour shortage issues. Manufacturing companies must maintain flexibility in quick changeovers and production line layout changes. Collaborative robots that can work safely in the same environment with people have an important role in enabling this kind of “flexible manufacturing.”

In addition to the regular TM series of collaborative robots, OMRON will start selling the new models which are “mobile compatible,” meaning that they can be easily integrated with OMRON’s LD mobile robots. OMRON’s mobile robots, which can move autonomously by avoiding people and obstacles, already work safely with humans by automating material handling operations all over the world. Mounted with a collaborative robot arm on top, they can not only transport material from one location to another, but will also be able to perform tasks, such as the pick and place of parts onto trays, in each of the locations.

Seigo Kinugawa, Executive Officer and Senior General Manager of the Robotics Business Development Project at OMRON’s Industrial Automation Company, said, “The alliance with Techman is aimed to advance the collaboration between humans and robots in manufacturing environments. OMRON’s entry into the collaborative arm robot market, in addition to the mobile robot market, will accelerate OMRON’s ‘innovative-Automation!’ initiative,
the goal of which is to bring innovation to the factories through the collaboration of humans and machines.”

Ho Shi-Chi, Chairman of Techman Robot Inc adds, “TM robots are smart, simple to use and safe. We endeavour to improve the life of humans based on innovation and our alliance with OMRON will help us move a big step toward that goal.”

The TM robots have the following features that stand out in this new field of human-robot collaboration:
Smart: The TM robots have a built-in intelligent vision system that can be used for pattern recognition, object positioning and barcode identification.
Simple: A complete pick and place application using vision can be taught in five minutes with its all-graphic, flow-based user interface, TMflow.
Safe: The TM robots comply with the safety requirements for collaboration of humans and robots as specified in ISO 10218-1 and ISO/TS 15066.

The TM robots include two series: TM5 (with a payload of up to 6 kg) and the new TM12/TM14 (with a payload up to 14 kg). All TM robots have six degrees of freedom and a reach range of 700 mm to 1,300 mm. The robot’s repeatability is (±) 0.05 mm for the TM5 series and (±) 0.1 mm for the TM12/TM14 series.

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