Omron Hosts ASTM International Committee F45 Summit to Define Global Standards for Mobile Robotics

The first F45 summit in Europe took place at Omron’s new Innovation Lab in France. The event aims to ensure productive deployment of innovative mobile robotics technology.

Annecy, France, December 11, 2018 — Omron Industrial Automation Europe, a global leader in mobile robotics, has hosted the first F45 summit in Europe at the company’s new facility in Annecy, France 11-12 December 2018.

The F45 summit is an ASTM International event dedicated to creating global performance standards for mobile robotics. Traditionally held in the United States, this marks the first such summit to be held outside the United States. The event welcomes experts in automatic-through-autonomous industrial vehicles from across the globe, who convene for the purpose of defining a comprehensive set of standards that help govern the production and performance of mobile robotics.

The event marks the eighth F45 summit, which is held semi-annually to continue defining performance standards for industrial mobile robots, as well as standardized measurement techniques to characterize system performance and to compare different systems to tasks at hand. Tapping top leaders in the field, the group also determines industry essentials such as standard terminology and testing methodology.

Bruno Adam, Mobile Robot Business Director Europe said, “We are honored to host this summit in the new Omron Innovation Lab in France. We recognize the critical need to develop a common set of standards to move the field of mobile robotics forward, so we can deploy innovative technology in a safe and productive way. We welcome our peers in the industry and look forward to sharing our collective experience to develop a set of standards with ASTM International that serves our customers.”

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About Omron

Omron Corporation is a leading industrial automation company that leverages its core sensing & control technologies to expand into businesses, such as control components, electronic components, automotive electronic components, social infrastructure, healthcare, and the environment. Omron was established in 1933, and has around 36,000 global employees, offering products and services in over 117 nations and regions. In the industrial automation business, Omron is contributing to making an affluent society by offering automation technologies which drive innovation in manufacturing as well as products and customer support. For more detail,

About ASTM International

Over 12,000 ASTM standards operate globally. Defined and set by ASTM International, they improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use.

About "innovative-Automation!"

As a leader in industrial automation, Omron has extensive lines of control components and equipment, ranging from image-processing sensors and other input devices to various controllers and output devices such as servo motors, as well as a range of safety devices and industrial robots. By combining these devices via software, Omron has developed a variety of unique and highly effective automation solutions for manufacturers worldwide. Based on its reservoir of advanced technologies and comprehensive range of devices, Omron set forth a strategic concept called "innovative-Automation!" consisting of three innovations or "i's"--"integrated" (control evolution), "intelligent" (development of intelligence by ICT), and "interactive" (new harmonization between people and machines). Omron is now committed to bringing innovation to manufacturing sites by materializing this concept.

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