This year on Founder’s Day, OMRON looked back on 90 years of pushing technological boundaries, and looks forward to a future of automation innovation framed by sustainability, digitalisation and human-machine collaboration.
May the 10th be with you…
Every year, 10th May is probably the most important day in OMRON’s calendar. On this day, 30,000 OMRON employees around the world celebrate the life and legacy of the company’s founder, Kazuma Tateishi. They do this by recommitting to Tateishi’s vision of using technology to create a better world and by giving back to society - often by participating in volunteer and charity projects in their communities.
OMRON's journey of innovation began in 1933 with the development of a high-precision timer for X-ray photography. This marked the company's first contribution to addressing societal needs. In 1960, OMRON unveiled the world's first non-contact proximity switch, revolutionizing advanced mass production capabilities. Since then, OMRON has continued to introduce groundbreaking technologies, including the first automatic traffic signal, unmanned train station system, wearable blood pressure controller, ultra-high-speed fuzzy logical controller, and automatic cancer cell diagnostic equipment.
A new dawn: autonomous society
OMRON's commitment to innovation has birthed remarkable solutions that drive data-driven operations and digitalization. AI-powered predictive maintenance solutions and collaborative robots exemplify OMRON's dedication to accelerating productivity through digital transformation, paving the way for the next generation of smart factories. Looking ahead, OMRON firmly believes that automation will continue to play a vital role in achieving sustainability, efficiency, and profitability in the industry. In a world transitioning toward an "autonomous" approach, emphasizing sustainability, individual development, and quality over quantity, harmonized automation solutions hold the key.
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Fernando ColásCEO of OMRON's Industrial Automation Business Unit (IAB) Europe