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Omron’s Delta-3 robots lifting productivity in packaging industry

Omron Electronics announces the release of the new Delta-3 robots designed to increase productivity and significantly reduce operating costs. The Delta-3 was voted Best Robot 2014 at the prestigious Automation Inside Readers’ Choice Awards.

Achieving up to 200 cycles per minute, Delta-3 robots can be synchronised with multiple conveyors to perform on-the-fly pick-and-place operations.

The Delta-3 features the Omron Sysmac NJ Machine Automation Controller (MAC) at the core of its system architecture.

Robots were previously controlled exclusively by dedicated robot controllers. Today, a machine architect can control a robot in exactly the same way as all other parts from one control system by using one programming environment, the new Sysmac Studio software.

The Delta-3 solution integrates machine control, vision, HMI, safety, and robotics using one programming software with one connection.

Using EtherCAT, the fastest motion network in the world, the NJ501 control system calculates Delta-3 kinematics in a few microseconds and achieves top performance regarding the number of robot cycles and repeatability. Based on the high speed EtherCAT network, it can provide the highest motion performance for demanding packaging applications. Up to eight Delta robots can be controlled by one Sysmac NJ controller.

The integration of the NJ-Robotics controller with the G5 servo systems allows maximum throughput to be achieved in pick-and-place applications.

Omron offers three types of Delta robot arms: Washdown, Delta and Mini Delta. The NJ controller offers a response time of 2ms when controlling eight Delta robots or 1ms when controlling four robots.

Mr Harry Mulder (Manager, Engineering Department) explains that Delta-3 robots are ideal for any industry with a need to move lightweight loads quickly and accurately, especially food and beverage.

The Delta-3 robot has three arms and is programmed to pick and place with fast movements of low weight loads. An optional fourth arm is provided for workpiece orientation. The packaging industry typically uses Omron robots for lightweight needs, such as placing biscuits on a tray.

The Delta-3 robot rotates at 360° and can work in an envelope of about 1100mm. Designed by the Omron team in Japan and assembled in Australia, the robots deliver increased productivity and labour cost savings with the ability to operate round-the-clock.

The machines are also low maintenance, with no major parts to be replaced for at least 10-15 years if serviced regularly. Omron provides extensive training for its clients at its branches across Australia or on site.

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