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Automation tech company Omron has announced a new line of SCARA robots with enhanced performance.

Named the i4, the new robot will save space during installation and allow easier configuration into existing production lines, according to the company.

The i4 is reportedly fast, repeatable, easy to operate and flexible for multiple configurations and applications.

To meet the challenge of having to produce a high-mix, low volume of products and shorter product life cycles while dealing with labor shortage issues, the i4 line features better communication through EtherCAT, enabling synchronization between other automation devices.

This facilitates advanced assembly, inserting and mounting processes that require high accuracy and demanding throughput, as well as quality control with vision integration.

Also, i4 visualizes working data and supervises its status with built-in signals for preventive maintenance, allowing users to mitigate unplanned downtime.

The SCARA line meets the demands of mass customisation, allowing manufacturers to produce high mixes of products at low volume to offer a wider array of goods to people, says Omron.