Interview

90 years of sensing and control – and now machine learning

Collin Arocho
Leestijd: 5 minuten

Driven by the needs of society, Omron has spent nearly 90 years developing innovative technologies to enhance people’s daily lives. According to the company’s European R&D manager Tim Foreman, this takes a commitment to keeping employees challenged and motivated by helping them enhance their skillsets with training.

Perhaps you’re not familiar with Omron, but one thing for certain, you’ve benefitted from its technology. From its first innovation of accurate x-ray control timers, to the magnetic strips on credit cards, early ATMs and digital blood pressure monitors used at doctor’s offices – the company has been at it for more than eight decades. “Our philosophy has always been, to create value based on the needs of society,” describes Omron’s European R&D manager, Tim Foreman. “Society changes, and we’re continuously adapting to find innovative solutions to newfound issues. That’s what keeps us at the leading edge.”

Employing some 40,000 people around the world, Omron has received numerous recognitions, including a spot on the Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators by Clarivate Analytics and a top ranking on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, which uses several indices to track sustainability efforts by publicly traded companies. “To make it on these lists is a great honor for us at Omron,” expresses Foreman. “It shows that not only are we among the innovation leaders in our field, but as a company, we keep our focus on the environment and do it in a smart way.”

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