The Factory Automation Systems Group provides customers in the manufacturing industry with a wide range of products and solutions in the field of industrial mechatronics, including factory automation controllers, drive products, energy-saving support products, equipment in the field of electric power distribution control and processing machines.
The Factory Automation Systems Group has domestic manufacturing bases in Nagoya and Fukuyama, and overseas bases in China, Southeast Asia, and India. We are expanding overseas procurement and production as part of efforts to strengthen our global business network. At the same time, we are intensifying chemical substances control in the parts and materials procurement process and environmental management at factories. In addition, we are helping the businesses of our customers in Japan and overseas to improve their added value and competitiveness through products and services with better energy-saving performance. These activities are underway at our sales and service bases in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, India, the US, Europe, and South America.
In Charge of Factory Automation Systems Group
Devices and equipment used in industrial mechatronics are essential to adding value and enhancing the competitiveness of a business through quality and productivity improvements for customers in the manufacturing industry. Mitsubishi Electric's Factory Automation Systems Group provides devices and systems that possess high energy-saving capability for production facilities in factories, where the bulk of energy is consumed.
By optimizing the utilization of factory automation technologies cultivated by Mitsubishi Electric and cooperative technologies that connect factory automation 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, and strongly support manufacturing and management optimization. Connecting devices and facilities by the Internet of Things (IoT) to analyze and utilize data, we will provide e-F@ctory solutions that optimize overall manufacturing. We also contribute to energy savings, one of our goals, by making ongoing improvements using e-F@ctory solutions.
In addition, we verify productivity and facility utilization ratios through the operation of an "e-F@ctory model plant" at the 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 our customers' manufacturing activities by providing highly energy-efficient factory automation products and cutting-edge e-F@ctory solutions that integrate factory automation products.
The primary goal of the 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 through improved productivity, quality, and energy consumption, thus shaping the factory model of the future. The e-F@ctory received the "2015 Frost & Sullivan Southeast Asia Enabling Technology Leadership Award."
Mitsubishi integrated FA solution, e-F@ctory
Programmable controller MELSEC iQ-R series
A newly developed high-speed system bus enables 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 controllers has expanded to water treatment facilities, photovoltaic power generation systems, and electric power monitoring systems, also contributing to energy savings and environmental improvements for customers outside of the FA field.
Fiber 2D laser processing machines eX-F series
The eX-F Series incorporates fiber laser technology into our Fiber 2D Laser Processing Machines eX Series to achieve superior oscillation efficiency. It includes various advanced features, such as Mitsubishi Electric's original high-efficiency servomotor, servo amplifier, and inverter-control cooling unit. This has achieved a 60% reduction in power consumption*1. In addition, the Eco Mode setting, which stops machine functions in stages, reduces power consumption by as much as 70% during standby*2. Energy-saving operation is further supported by the visualization of power and gas consumption via a monitor that displays energy use.
Industrial robot MELFA FR series
In response to the need for an efficient parts supply network, shorter startup time, 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, productivity has been improved, the production area footprint has been reduced, and production efficiency and product quality have been improved even as system startup time has been reduced. We contribute to reducing energy consumption through the optimization of customers' production systems.
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-compliant motors (equivalent to IE3*), 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 natural environments 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.
Energy measuring units
By installing our energy measuring unit in switchboards and distribution boards, it is possible to measure various data such as energy consumption, voltage, and current. This unit not only measures and analyzes the overall energy consumption of factories and buildings, but also the individual energy consumption of departments, sections, lines, and equipment, and achieves efficient energy usage by managing the basic unit. The 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.
Molded case circuit breakers for DC circuit (up to 1000VDC)
With the growth in construction of photovoltaic power generation systems, particularly mega solar generators, direct current power delivery systems are being developed to increase power generation efficiency and reduce power costs. Mitsubishi Electric's HDVA Series direct-current high-voltage fuseless circuit breakers contribute to the wider implementation of systems and facilities that are useful in the achievement of an eco-conscious society. These include photovoltaic power generation systems and high-capacity storage batteries.
In 2013, we completed construction of a main production building making use of the latest equipment. We in constant pursuit of cutting-edge energy-savings.
(The results below are comparisons with energy-saving equipment introduced in 2008.)
The Fukuyama Works Smart Meter Production Building is in charge of producing smart meters, which are essential to building next-generation energy networks. This facility has implemented the following measures in order to reduce CO2 emissions from production.
We are in the process of systematically replacing aging utility equipment with more efficient models.
We have achieved zero emissions at both Nagoya Works and Fukuyama Works.
In addition to expanding design and parts procurement overseas with a focus on emerging countries, we are promoting local production for local consumption. We are also intensifying chemical substance control measures in parts procurement and reducing environmental risk at overseas factories.
Regarding the management of chemical substances, we obtain a written guarantee that harmful chemical substances have not been used, and conduct analyses to determine if parts contain harmful substances as necessary.