Omron Releases NX1 Controller for IIoT Applications with OPC UA and SQL Connectivity

Industry-leading industrial automation solutions provider Omron Automation Americas recently announced
the release of its latest NX1 series machine automation controller. This compact device builds upon previous
iterations by integrating machine control with information utilization, quality management and safety. The
NX1 enables smart factories at all levels by providing the link between compact machines and the Industrial
Internet of Things.omron NX1 Image
Hoffmann Estates, IL., July 31, 2018 –
The newest iteration of Omron’s NX1 
machine automation controller series is
designed to improve productivity through
integration with information utilization,
quality management and safety. The high
degree of integration helps manufacturers
collect and utilize data more effectively and
improve overall productivity. Its compact design
helps bring the control of compact machines
to a whole new level.

High-Speed Data Processing That Won’t Hamper

Control Performance

Manufacturers need to visualize data on machine
and process status, predictive maintenance and
other things that impact productivity, but high-speed
processing of large amounts of data tends to 
increase control cycle time. The NX1 collects 
synchronized data from sensors, servomotors, and other devices within the same fixed cycle time thanks to a unique
multicore 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 just 66 mm wide. This connectivity enables data usage at
production sites and provides an intuitive, 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 and improving quality control.

Integration of Control and Information

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.

Integration of Control and Quality Management

When connected with the NX-HAD4 High-speed Analog Input Unit, the NX1 simultaneously obtains analog data from four
insulated channels at the industry's fastest sampling speed of 5 µs. Rather than requiring special inspection machines with
a built-in PC, this standard controller can be used for inspections such as vibration inspection of high-speed rotators.
The inspection process can therefore be seamlessly incorporated into production lines.

Integration of Control and Safety

The NX1 Series alongside the NX-SL5 Safety CPU integrates control and safety features previously unavailable in the market. 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, simplifying the creation of flexible production lines.With improved communication between advanced machine control functionality and vital tasks related to information utilization, quality management and safety, the new NX1 helps manufacturers stay on top of predictive maintenance and productivity monitoring without slowing down production. Better integration provides the foundation for implementing process improvements and creating a more efficient production line.About Omron Automation 
Omron Automation is an industrial automation partner that creates, sells and services fully integrated automation solutions that include robotics, sensing, motion, logic, safety, and more. Established in 1933 and currently headed by President Yoshihito Yamada, Omron’s 36,000 employees help businesses solve problems with creativity in more than 110 countries. Learn more at

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