New OMRON next generation high performance NX502 controller.


OMRON Automation claims their new generation of NX502 controller offers the world’s highest precision data collection and large-scale transfer capabilities. This results in improved processes as well as a reduction in waste.


Alongside the controllers, Omron also launched their next generation NX-EIP201 EtherNet/IP modules. These use revolutionary information processing and communication technologies in conjunction with large-capacity memories. This powerful combination enables the controllers to achieve world-class precision data collection with a jitter of under 1 μs.

Moreover, their data transfer capacity is approximately four times that of other controllers in the same class. This allows real-time analysis of production-related data, like temperature, pressure, and flow rate, which can otherwise impact on processing conditions. This feature enables rapid process improvement and reduces loss of waste and resources at production sites.

They boost OMRON’s advanced information processing and communication technologies, combined with a large-capacity memory for real-time analysis and process modularisation. Modularisation allows the division of production processes into functional units, adding a new dimension of flexibility when making changes. This approach contributes to improving sustainability and minimising waste at production sites and shortening lead times when changing lines.

NX502 controller combining flexibility and efficiency

For manufacturers, the ability to make fast efficient changes to production lines is invaluable. The NX502 and NX-EIP201 feature integrated control technologies allowing control of large-scale production lines with module division through up to eight network system separations and up to 254 safety connections. This means that even on large production lines, adjustments and checks on partial processes have a minimal impact on overall operations.

Furthermore, due to their separate network systems and safety features, engineers can immediately respond to more detailed changes in manufacturing, such as the addition of new processes. The advanced flexibility also means only halting relevant parts of the process, contributing to improved production efficiency.

For example, the production of solar cell crystals requires real-time monitoring to respond to fluctuating conditions. Yet, communication performance limitations were a bottleneck to stable manufacturing quality. The high-performance processing capability of the NX502 controller enabled fast identification of the causes of process issues. This allowed engineers to make adjustments to ensure stable mass production of high-quality crystals.

Production lines for rapidly evolving high-tech products such as electric vehicles with extended range and digital devices need equipment that can adapt to sudden changes in demand. The NX502 and NX-EIP201 meet this need.



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