Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Omron’s NX1 machine automation controller collects data and maintains control performance

August 22, 2018
By Kristina Urquhart

August 22, 2018 – Omron‘s new palm-sized NX1 machine automation controller allows manufacturers to collect and use information to improve productivity.

The NX1, part of the NJ/NX machine automation controller family, collects synchronized data from sensors, servomotors and other devices within the same fixed cycle time using multi-core technology that executes high-speed data processing tasks and machine control tasks simultaneously. The controller then sends all collected data to the host IT system while keeping control performance at the ideal level.

Three industrial Ethernet ports – EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT – along with an OPC UA server interface for industrial automation and information technology are housed in a compact design at 66 mm wide. This connectivity enables data usage at production sites and provides a secure connection to host IT systems. The database connection model can directly store production information in databases without using PCs or middleware, ensuring traceability of all products in real time.

The NX1 provides synchronized control of I/O and motion within a 1-ms cycle time and motion control of up to 12 axes to enable high-speed, high-precision control. The built-in EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, OPC UA and database connection functionality allows information usage within and between machines as well as visualization of production status with MES/SCADA, traceability using a SQL database and other applications.


When connected with the NX-HAD4 high-speed analog input unit, the NX1 simultaneously obtains analog data from four insulated channels at a sampling speed of 5 µs.

With the NX1 and the NX-SL5, CIP Safety and EtherCAT Safety can be realized together on the same control system, giving robotics and factory automation users the option to integrate with varied safety networks. Safety control systems can be built within and between machines, and control and safety can be managed as a module.

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