Technology Strategist / Edge devices / Product Innovation

Omron Sysmac AI Controller extends equipment life with AI

Feb 18, 2019


A new solution for human-machine collaboration is now available from Omron Automation Americas. The Sysmac AI Controller handles several steps in the data-driven decision process for predictive maintenance, thereby freeing up industrial professionals from tedious calculations, analyses and infrastructure upgrades.

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Omron's Sysmac AI Controller


This solution can help manufacturers reduce the risk of bad parts or equipment damage by detecting issues early on and prompting immediate action to resolve them, according to its maker. Customers can take advantage of Omron’s team of data scientists to facilitate predictive maintenance rather than figuring everything out on their own.

The AI / machine-learning functionality identifies abnormal machine behavior without being explicitly programmed to do so. Since there could be many different factors and measurements that indicate an issue when observed together, notes Omron, automating the feature-extraction process saves a significant amount of time and resources. Leveraging the machine-learning results during production is key to ensuring end user cost savings.

The process of collecting raw data from machines is completely automated by the new AI controller, which operates on the edge within the machine, ensuring higher data fidelity and consistency, notes Omron. In addition, the controller automatically creates data models from correlation analysis and monitors machine status based on each model. 

Omron’s approach to artificial intelligence-based control involves hardware, offline software and in-person service. No internet connectivity or IT infrastructure/service is required. The hardware is based on the Sysmac NY5 IPC and the NX7 CPU and includes Omron’s AI Application Components, a library of AI predictive-maintenance function blocks. Several additional AI specific utilities are also included.

Because the data collection and analysis is performed within the same hardware as the controls program, the solution provides the utmost data processing speed, accuracy and security. For the service component, Omron experts will assist in startup and provide periodic support.