OMRON to Release Newest Addition of Communications Type Amplifier Unit to Contact-Type Smart Sensors

Jun 27, 2014, 05:00 ET from OMRON Corporation

KYOTO, Japan, June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

- Easily Transmits, at High-speed, High-precision Inspection Data Obtained at Manufacturing Sites -

OMRON Corporation (TSE:6645, ADR: OMRNY) will release a Communications Type Amplifier Unit E9NC-TA0 on July 1, which easily transmits data to a programmable logic controller and the like at high speed, as a new addition to E9NC-T series Contact-type Smart Sensors.

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The E9NC-T series Contact-type Smart Sensors, released in April 2013, are high-precision contact sensors that consist of Sensor Heads and Amplifier Units, which can be used for a wide variety of applications; for example, shape inspection and verification of tolerance and press in force performed at manufacturing sites.

At manufacturing sites mainly in automotive and electronics industries, utilizing a large amount of data obtained by multiple sensors and improving traceability are required. Under such circumstances, there are compelling needs to obtain digitalized inspection data and offline measurement data and to simplify processing of those data in addition to performing a usual "ON" or "OFF" determination.

In supporting those needs, the E9NC-TA0 makes it possible to obtain measurement data easily at high speed (at 1 ms max.) by connecting it to an OMRON's Sysmac NJ-series Machine Automation Controller, which is a key part of the Sysmac automation platform, via an industrial network protocol EtherCAT. It can also transmit data directly to a Microsoft SQL Server by using a Sysmac NJ-series Database Connection CPU Unit and provide an environment that allows for analyzing high-precision inspection data collected at a manufacturing site in real time. In addition, use of a sample screen of OMRON NS-series Touch Screen can facilitate systems of setting change, process changeover, and predictive maintenance. Moreover, use of function blocks which are provided for Automation Software Sysmac Studio easily realizes complicated calculations such as measurement of warp, twist, and thickness without programming.

Sysmac automation platform: Complete machine control through one software and one seamless connection with a variety of I/O devices. Machine and motion programming is fully compliant with IEC61131-3, and the dedicated software suite features functions such as programming, motion designing, and network setting allowing easy control of all connected devices and freeing users to engage in further production innovation.

Main Features
1. The Amplifier Unit connectable to field networks realizes high-precision
   data transmission.
   High-precision data measured at a resolution of 0.1 micrometer are 
   transmitted as digital data via EtherCAT.

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2. Function Blocks (FBs) for easy, eight types of calculations
   Just add Sysmac NJ-series FBs to the host controller to easily perform  
   various calculations such as maximum/minimum value, warp, and thickness 

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3. Multiple Amplifier Units can be connected easily with reduced wiring work.
   You can quickly and easily connect E9NC-TA0 Amplifier Units to an E3NW-ECT 
   Sensor Communications Unit, and you can reduce wiring work in comparison 
   with the traditional analog output sensors.

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 *The maximum connectable units are 30 when you use the E3NW-ECT and NJ-series

Main Specifications

Communications type  E9NC-TA0

Power supply voltage:

Supplied from the connector through the Sensor
Communications Unit

Display resolution:

 0.1 micrometer min.

Power consumption:

At power supply voltage of 24 VDC
Normal mode: 2,040 mW max. (Current consumption:
85 mA max.)


7-segment displays (white)

Threshold setting:

Smart Tuning or manual adjustment


Output mode selection, preset, eco mode, bank
switching, origin point use setting, direction,
output, and display digits

Connectable Sensor
Communications Units:

E3NW-ECT (for EtherCAT) / E3NW-CCL (for CC-Link) /
E3NW-DS (Distributed Sensor Units)

Maximum Units
connectable to Sensor
Communications Units (*1):

30 units

Ambient temperature range

Operating: 0 to 55C
Storage: -30 to 70C (with no icing or condensation)

Ambient humidity range:

Operating and storage: 35% to 85% (with no

Weight (packed state/  

Approx. 65 g/approx. 25 g

Amplifier Unit only):


Case: Polycarbonate (PC)
Cover: Polycarbonate (PC)


Instruction manual

(*1) When the Sensors are connected to an OMRON NJ-series Machine Controller
via a Sensor Communications Unit E3NW-ECT

(*2) Ambient temperature range for operating varies depending on the number
of Communications type Amplifier Units connected. The above range is for
a group of one or two Amplifier Units.


OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation based on its core technology of sensing and control. OMRON's business fields cover a broad spectrum, ranging from industrial automation and electronic components to automotive electronic components, social infrastructure systems, healthcare, and environmental solutions. Established in 1933, OMRON has over 36,000 employees worldwide, working to provide products and services in more than 110 countries and regions. 

In the field of industrial automation, OMRON supports manufacturing innovation by providing advanced automation technologies and products, as well as through extensive customer support, in order to help create a better society. For more information, visit OMRON's website at:

Sysmac(R) is a trademark or registered trademark of OMRON Corporation in Japan and other countries for OMRON factory automation products.
EtherCAT(R) is a registered trademark and patented technology, licensed by Beckhoff Automation GmbH, Germany. Microsoft SQL Server is a trademark or registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States of America, Japan, and other countries.

Yuki Date
Industrial Components Div. HQ
Industrial Automation Company
OMRON Corporation
Tel: +81-75-344-7022


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