OMRON Corp. history, profile and history video

 OMRON Corp. engages in the manufacture and sale of automation components, equipment and systems. It operates through the following segments: Industrial Automation, Electronic and Mechanical Components, Automotive Electronic Components, Social Systems, Solutions and Service, Healthcare, and Other. The Industrial Automation segment manufactures and sells control components and equipment for factory automation and production machinery. The Electronic and Mechanical Components segment produces and merchandises relays, switches, components, and units for amusement devices, connectors, and combination jogs. The Automotive Electronic Components segment supplies passive entry devices, power window switches, and electric power steering. The Social Systems, Solutions and Service segment involves railway infrastructure, traffic control, road control, security, and payment systems. The Healthcare segment sells digital blood pressure monitors, digital thermometers, body composition monitors, pedometers, biological information monitors, and nebulizers. The Other segment includes solar power conditioner and computer peripheral equipment, micro-electro-mechanical systems microphone chips, and liquid crystal display backlight. The company was founded by Kazuma Tateishi on May 10, 1933 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan.

“Omron History

May 1933 Tateisi Electric Manufacturing Co. established in Osaka.
Production of X-ray timers begins.
June 1945 Production moved to Kyoto after main factory in Osaka is destroyed by fire during WWII.
May 1948 Company name changed to Tateisi Electronics Co.; Kazuma Tateisi assumes role of president.
January 1959 Company motto and “OMRON” trademark established.
February 1960 World’s first non-contact (solid state) switch developed.
October 1960 Central R&D Laboratory completed in Nagaokakyo, Kyoto.
April 1964 World’s first automated traffic signal developed.
March 1967 World’s first unmanned train station developed.
November 1968 OMRON Tateisi Electronics Co. established as company’s official English name.
March 1969 World’s smallest desk-top electronic calculator “CALCULET-1200” launched.
June 1971 World’s first online automated cash dispenser developed.
February 1972 OMRON Taiyo Electronics Co., Japan’s first factory for workers with disabilities, jointly established with Japan Sun Industries.
1983 “Ken-on-Kun” electronic thermometer goes on sale.
1986 Ayabe Factory established in Ayabe, Kyoto.
July 1987 World’s first ultra-high-speed fuzzy logic controller developed.
September 1988 European regional management center established in The Netherlands (OMRON Europe B.V.)
October 1988 Asia Pacific regional management center established in Singapore (OMRON Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.)
April 1989 North American regional management center established in the United States (OMRON Management Center of America, Inc.)
January 1990 Company name changed to OMRON Corporation.
1991 In-line inspection system developed.
May 1994 Greater China regional management center established in Beijing, China (OMRON (China) Co., Ltd.)
Achieved complete phase out of CFCs (freon).
1995 Distance warning system for motor vehicles developed.
1996 “VT-WIN” PCB solder inspection system developed.
1998 Machine capable of identifying counterfeit notes in various currencies developed.
April 1999 Internal company system established to separate management oversight and business operations. Mishima Factory achieves zero emissions.
April 2002 Status of Greater China regional management center upgraded to regional head office for promoting expansion of business in China.
May 2003 Global R&D hub ” Keihanna Innovation Center ” established in Soraku-gun, Kyoto.
June 2003 Yoshio Tateisi becomes Chairman, Hisao Sakuta named President & CEO.
May 2004 Face recognition technology for mobile phones developed.
May 2006 OMRON Principles established.
May 2006 Global design/production center for control devices begins operations in Shanghai, China.
March 2007 OMRON ramps up development of safety business (machine safeguarding).
June 2007 New R&D center opened in China.
September 2007 OMRON 3D image sensing technology put to practical use through world’s first real-color 3D Vision Sensor.
December 2009 “ene-brain” CO2 visualization system launched, world’s first system capable of automatically analyzing areas for potential energy conservation based on the knowledge of an expert consultant.
November 2010 The “WellnessLink” health management web service launched.
June 2011 OMRON Group has developed a new long-term management strategy for the decade up to 2020, called “Value Generation 2020,” or “VG2020.”
July 2011 The Sysmac NJ series of comprehensive machine automation controllers launched. Automation Technology Centers established in Japan (August) and China (September) to provide automation support to customers.
January 2012 OMRON Management Centre of India established in Gurgaon, Haryana State.
June 2012 OMRON Management Center of Latin America established in Sao Paulo, Brazil.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Omron.com

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