09月25 Omron acquired Microscan
Microscan, a manufacturer of industrial bar code readers and machine vision specialists, was acquired by ORMON with $ 1.57 billion, which aims to further promote the control of manufacturing equipment and production lines.
Internet of Things to connect almost all objects on the manufacturing layer, including parts, production machine ,packing machines and robots.
Microscan Systems was founded in 1982 and located in Landon, Washington, DC, currently has 192 employees. According to Microscan parent company Spectris claimed that Microscan asset value of 22 million pounds last year, the company produced 7 million pounds operating profit.
Microscan develops barcode reading equipment, including bar code readers and verification programs. Using advanced algorithms, you can read engraving or print bar code, or even printed on rough or curved products on the two-dimensional code. In addition, Microscan also offers machine vision products including smart cameras and tools, brands MicroHawk, AutoVision and Visionscape.
Omron said that all the parts and production equipment of the factory configuration information to help customers make their production operations more flexible, but also help to track the root causes of the problem to avoid quality problems. Omron plans to integrate advanced 2D code recognition technology with its automation system. Using Microscan ‘s sales network to form a broader customer base.
Omron pointed out that more and more manufacturers have begun to focus on the realization of accurate retrospective management, so that they can respond to the growing market demand for product safety, while eliminating quality problems. Now the product becomes more and more personalized, resulting in the need for high-mix, small-volume manufacturing growing. To achieve the ideal of one-on-one custom production, many companies realize that the importance of tracking individual products can be serialized.
As a result of these trends, it is becoming increasingly common to assign ID codes to each product or component, resulting in more stringent requirements for bar code readers used in manufacturing.
For example, the automotive industry needs a powerful bar code reader that can read two-dimensional code engraved on metal parts, such as engine cylinders. But also can withstand the harsh factory environment. In the digital device sector, each component requires id control, which requires a compact, accurate bar code reader. In the pharmaceutical industry, a separate bar code serialization system for each box helps to prevent forgery and can improve product safety.
Scanning bar code reading will help speed up the deployment of Internet of Things technology, Omron said it will strive to create an easy to carry out information collection, analysis and application environment in the production layer. Omron hopes to provide the services and technologies based on portfolio technology include:
1, the robot traceability tracking, allowing easy and stable to read a number of intricate ID code.
2, through the machine’s ID code for effective operation of the forecast maintenance.
3, to achieve “zero defect” manufacturing environment.
The event, Spectris plans to sell Maisiken to reduce its debt burden, is thinking that its focus in the area of an important step. Omron and Microscan development strategy consistent with the acquisition of both sides will open the next stage of the journey.