Initiatives that contribute to addressing social issues

Factory Automation Systems Group

Message from the Group President

Delivering Devices, Equipment, and Solutions that Help Reduce Energy Usage in Our Customers Manufacturing Processes Around the World

photo: Yoshikazu Miyata

Yoshikazu Miyata
Senior Vice President, Group President,
Factory Automation Systems

Devices and equipment used in industrial mechatronics by customers from the manufacturing industry are essential to adding value and enhancing the competitiveness of business through quality and productivity improvements. Mitsubishi Electric's Factory Automation Systems Group provides devices and systems possessing high energy-saving capabilities that are ideal for production facilities in factories, where the bulk of energy is consumed.

By optimizing the utilization of FA technologies cultivated by Mitsubishi Electric and cooperative technologies that connect FA and IT, we help customers reduce the total cost of development, production and maintenance, and continuously support their improvement activities. We are committed to proposing manufacturing solutions that keep our customers one step ahead of the competition, and strongly support manufacturing and management optimization.

In addition, we verify productivity and facility utilization ratios through the operation of an "e-F@ctory model plant" at our Nagoya Works. In the factory, a large number of activities have indicated the benefits of reducing CO2 from production, including improved productivity, shorter lead times, and less product quality loss.

We will continue to contribute to improving the efficiency of our customers' manufacturing activities and reducing energy consumption by providing highly energy efficient FA products and cutting-edge e-F@ctory solutions that integrate them.

Major social issues for which risks and opportunities have been recognized and evaluated Focusing on the SDGs
  • Sustainable use and development of resources
  • Proper management of chemical substances
  • Addressing climate change
  • Measures against air, water, and soil pollution
  • Addressing the declining labor force population
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Initiatives that Contribute to Addressing Social Issues

Developing FA Equipment, Industrial Robots, and Mechatronics Products that Achieve Automation of Customer Production Facilities and Improve Productivity and Product Quality

・MELSEC iQ-R Series Programmable Controllers

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photo: MELSEC iQ-R Series programmable controller

MELSEC iQ-R Series programmable controller

A newly developed high-speed system bus enables products of the MELSEC iQ-R Series to achieve a processing capacity 40 times greater than the MELSEC-Q Series. Furthermore, variation in control cycles has been minimized to ensure maximum stability in manufacturing quality by utilizing the synchronized operation of controllers connected via networks. This contributes to further improving the efficiency of production facilities and optimizing factory operations. In recent years, the application of programmable controllers has expanded to water treatment facilities, photovoltaic power generation systems, and electric power monitoring systems, thereby contributing to energy savings and environmental improvements for customers outside of the FA field.

・MELSERVO-J5 Series AC Servo System

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MELSERVO-J5 Series AC servo system

The MELSERVO-J5 Series, which was the world's first servo system to support CC-Link IE TSN next-generation industrial open network, contribute to increasing the speed and precision of factory equipment. It utilizes regenerative electric power from the motor by using a multi-axis integrated amplifier and simple converter to achieve energy savings of up to 30%. The MELSERVO-J5 Series, which contributes to improved productivity of equipment and energy savings, was awarded the Good Design Award 2020.

・SF-PR Superline Premium Series Energy-Saving Motors

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SF-PR Superline Premium Series energy-saving motor

If all of the approximately 100 million standard motors in Japan were replaced with highly efficient Top Runner*1-compliant motors (equivalent to IE3*2), calculations show that some 15.5 billion kWh of power usage could be saved annually. The same holds true for other countries as well, indicating the important role that IE3-compliant industrial motors will play in improving the natural environment in Japan and abroad. The Top Runner-compliant SF-PR Series was awarded the Japan Machinery Federation Chairman's Award at the fiscal 2015 (35th) Excellence in Energy-Conservation Equipment Awards as an induction motor applying cutting-edge, high-efficiency design technology. With the lineup of many models compliant with high efficiency regulations, which deployment is ongoing in countries, and advanced high efficiency technologies, we contribute to energy savings around the world.

  1. *1 Top Runner is a Japanese energy efficiency improvement program introduced in 1999.
  2. *2 IE3: Premium efficiency class under IEC60034-30, which classifies single-speed, three-phase, cage-induction motors into energy-efficiency classes.

・MELFA FR Series Industrial Robots

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photo: MELFAR Series industrial robot

MELFAR Series industrial robot

In response to the need for an efficient parts supply network, shorter startup times, and the flexibility to handle a variety of parts, we have developed intelligent technologies that use force sensors, 3D vision sensors, multifunctional electric hands, and more. Compared to conventional mass-production lines producing a single part, it is now possible to produce small lots of multiple items with improved productivity while simultaneously reducing the production area footprint, production efficiency and product quality have been improved even as system startup time has been reduced. We are continuously helping our customers reduce energy consumption through the optimization of their production systems.

・GX-F Series Fiber 2D Laser Processing Machines

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GX-F Series fiber 2D laser processing machine

GX-F Series incorporate Mitsubishi Electric's new proprietary fiber laser oscillator and the AI Assist technology for automatically adjusting machining conditions by AI to contribute to improved productivity and maintenance of sheet metal processing. High affinity between the new proprietary fiber laser oscillator and a laser processing machine enables optimal control according to the increase in the acceleration of the processing machine, improving productivity by 20%. In addition, the AI Assist technology incorporated into this laser processing machine has improved the processing stability during continuous automatic operation. Energy-saving operation is further supported by the visualization of power and gas consumption via a monitor that displays energy use.

Providing e-F@ctory Solutions that Help Streamline Manufacturing and Reduce Energy Consumption

・e-F@ctory – Mitsubishi Electric Integrated FA Solution

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The primary goal of Mitsubishi Electric’s integrated FA solution, e-F@ctory, is to reduce the total cost of development, manufacturing, and maintenance processes. e-F@ctory utilizes sophisticated technologies and information management to optimize factory operations by improving productivity and quality and reducing energy consumption, thus shaping the factory model of the future. The e-F@ctory concept received the "2015 Frost & Sullivan Southeast Asia Enabling Technology Leadership Award."

diagram: e-F@ctory – Mitsubishi Electric’s Integrated FA Solution

e-F@ctory – Mitsubishi Electric’s Integrated FA Solution

Developing Instruments that Measure Energy and Control Power Distribution to Help Promote Energy Savings

・Eco Monitor Series Energy Measuring Units

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Eco Monitor Plus energy measuring unit

By installing our energy measuring units in switchboards and distribution boards, it is possible to measure various data such as energy consumption, voltage, and current. These units not only measure and analyze the overall energy consumption of factories and buildings, but also the individual energy consumption of departments, sections, lines, and equipment, and achieve efficient energy usage by managing the basic unit. This product won the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Prize at the 55th product contest held during the JECA FAIR 2016 organized by the Japan Electrical Construction Association.

・EX-α Series Transformer Using Super High Efficiency Oil

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photo: EX-α Series Transformer using super high efficiency oil

EX-α Series Transformer using super high efficiency oil

Distribution transformers are designated as specified equipment under the Energy Saving Law, and the enforcement of the Second Top Runner Standards in fiscal 2015 requires further improvement in their environmental performance. Mitsubishi Electric's EX-α Series transformer using super high efficiency oil achieves approximately 140%* in energy savings based on the Second Top Runner Standards thanks to the use of the amorphous iron core and design optimization for the winding and internal structure. With the highest energy savings performance among our products, the EX-α Series transformer significantly contributes to the reduction of annual electricity consumed and CO2 emissions.

  1. * The figure varies depending on the specification of the transformer.