Eiji Ikeno, general manager of Omron’s Motion Control Division, announced that Omron has selected EtherCat as its next motion bus system at a recent press conference with the EtherCat Technology Group (ETG).
Along with this step, Omron also decided to take an active role in the ETG within the Japanese and Asian markets to help customers there transition to EtherCat smoothly and seamlessly.
Ikeno stated that Omron will pursue the adoption of EtherCat as a national Japanese standard. Omron will also establish an EtherCat conformance and interoperability test lab in Japan. According to Ikeno, Omron intends to develop EtherCat-based servo motors and inverters, as well as motion controllers by this summer. These products will initially aim at the European market as well as at Japanese OEMS exporting machines to Europe.