Milestones

OMRON's story began in 1933 with founder Kazuma Tateisi's development of a high-precision X-Ray Timer. Over the years, we have faced many challenges, often taking the trial-and-error approach to problem solving. This section briefly traces our history and notable innovations, beginning with the high-precision X-Ray Timer.

Besides innovating and developing new management techniques, Mr Tateisi was deeply committed to the arts and societal issues . It was his strong desire to serve society that inspired and paved the way forward for him. Together, his interests in the wider world informed his corporate philosophy. His knowledge, experiences, and beliefs drove him on to make new – even unimaginable – ideas a reality.

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1933

The Origins of Innovations

High Precision Timer for X-Ray Machines

This induction-type protective relay timer operated at a high-precision speed of 1/20 of a second to give clear X-Ray pictures.

1935

Establishing a Relay Factory

General-Purpose Relay for Switchboards

An induction-type protective relay was developed for use in power switchboards. It was based on the voltage relay used in X-ray timers.

1943

Expansion of Automation Devices

Successful Production of Japan-Made Precision Switches

OMRON perfected the precision switch and produced it domestically. The switch , first-of-its-kind in Japan, had an impressive lifespan of more than 100,000 operations.

1960

Advancement of Automated Systems Through Technological Innovation

The "Dream Switch"

OMRON’s new contactless, solid state switch was unveiled at the Osaka International Trade Fair. The “dream switch” could withstand more than 100 million cycles in its lifetime.

1963

First Steps Toward Cybernation

The Automatic Ticket Vending Machine

We made the world’s first vending machine that could issue three different types of meal tickets. It first appeared in Daimaru department store, Kyoto.

1964

Tackling Motorisation Issues

The Automated Traffic Signal

OMRON developed the world's first automatic traffic signal that detected and responded to vehicles for better traffic control. It was effectively executed at a Tokyo intersection.

1967

The Unmanned Train Station System

The Automated Ticket Gate System

OMRON completed and installed the world’s first fully automated and unmanned train station system for Kitasenri station, Hankyu Railway.

1970

Insights into the Future of Society, Science and Technology

The SINIC Theory

OMRON’s “Seed Innovation to Need Impetus Cyclic Evolution” (SINIC) theory showed how technology and society engaged in a cyclical relationship of mutual impact and influence.

1971

Start of a Cashless Age

The Automated Cash Dispenser

The world’s first online automated cash dispenser that used a magnetic card. This marked the beginning of today’s magnetic card systems.

1972

Factory Automation in Japan

The SYSMAC PLC

OMRON developed “SYSMAC” – a programmable sequence controller for machine tools – to fulfil industry needs for programmable controllers with fast processing speeds.

1974

Popularising Desktop Calculators

The OMRON-8 Desktop Calculator

The low-cost OMRON 800 (aka OMRON-8) was introduced to the market. This contributed to the widespread adoption of calculators in the world.

1978

Electronic Equipment to Manage Health

Digital Thermometers and Blood Pressure Monitors

Our focus on biometric data collection, essential for good health management, led to healthcare innovations such as the digital blood pressure monitor and digital thermometer.

1987

Grasping the Intangible

Fuzzy Logic Technology

OMRON produced the world’s fastest fuzzy controller, a multi-task fuzzy controller, and the world’s first fuzzy microcomputer chip. They were later adopted in our control components.

1991

Automating In-line Inspection

Sensing Technology Advancements

OMRON combined sensing and information processing technologies to automate final stage inspection with the F300 Vision System and VT-WIN for different systems.

2002

"The Second Omron" in China

Regional head office and production bases in China

OMRON’s regional management centre for Greater China became its regional head office. A core production electronic components production facility was also set up in Shenzhen.

2009

Addressing Environmental Issues through OMRON Sensing and Control Technology

Launching the Environmental Business

Rising environmental awareness drove production of OMRON’s energy-saving product line. This led to the first of its kind “ene-brain” CO2 visualisation system that automatically analyses production areas to reduce energy consumption.