Industry 4.0 and digital manufacturing are now popular terms being discussed in the manufacturing industry, but when companies start their journey in digital manufacturing, many of them look for best practices and how they could reference such practices in their factories.
Mitsubishi Electric has a 100-year history of supporting manufacturers, plus a prolific track record for achieving factory automation at its own and other manufacturers´ facilities. The approach embodies the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen that is now recognised worldwide. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitsubishi Electric´s factories in Nagoya and Fukuyama, Japan, attracted thousands of visitors from around the world interested to learn how the factory automation manufacturer leverages digital manufacturing and its e-F@ctory approach to make their own products.
Although it may still be difficult to travel across borders easily, Mitsubishi Electric´s Virtual Factory Tour, now available through online videos, overcomes these restrictions allowing visitors to walk through the various technologies and solutions behind the manufacture of its FA products. What´s more, the online factory tour can be accessed from a PC or smartphone at any time, from anywhere.
Mitsubishi Electric has also renewed its Online Mechatronics Solution Center, where visitors can learn about Mitsubishi Electric´s range of processing machines, computerised numerical controllers (CNCs) and other machine tools in a virtual showroom.
Virtual Factory Tours available online:
1. Programmable Controller (PLC) production
The first tour will show how Mitsubishi Electric´s factory automation (FA) controller products are made at its Nagoya Works – a factory that has experience and know-how in manufacturing for nearly 100 years. Programmable controllers (PLCs) are devices that automatically control machines and processes in factories, and the MELSEC brand PLC is so extremely popular that it has become an industry standard in Japan.
The tour will provide examples of some of the actual work processes in the factory, demonstrating how Mitsubishi Electric FA products provide the latest manufacturing technologies.
2. Production of power monitoring/distribution products
The second factory tour will introduce the production lines at Mitsubishi Electric´s Fukuyama Works, which utilise the integrated FA-IT solution “e-F@ctory” to achieve digital manufacturing. Fukuyama Works develops and manufactures a variety of devices surrounding electricity, from power distribution and protection devices to measurement and control devices, which are essential to industries, society and people’s lives.
The tour of Fukuyama Works will walk you through its office building, the circuit breaker line and the printed circuit board line. The tour highlights how processes were improved using artificial intelligence (AI) and other cutting-edge technologies in digital manufacturing.
For more, visit Mitsubishi Electric´s Virtual Factory Tour at: www.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/cxcenter/factory
Learn more about Mitsubishi Electric´s Online Mechatronics Solution Center (English) at: www.mitsubishielectric.co.jp/fa/digipark/online_exhibition/mecha/en/index.html
Image 1: Mitsubishi Electric’s Virtual Factory Tour, now available through online videos, will walk you through the various technologies and solutions behind the manufacture of its FA products. [Source: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan]
Image 2: At Mitsubishi Electric’s Online Mechatronics Solution Center, visitors can learn about Mitsubishi Electric’s range of processing machines, computerized numerical controllers (CNCs) and other machine tools in a virtual showroom.
Image 3: The first tour will show how Mitsubishi Electric’s factory automation (FA) controller products are made at its Nagoya Works. [Source: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan]
Image 4: The second factory tour will introduce the production lines at Mitsubishi Electric’s Fukuyama Works, which utilize the integrated FA-IT solution “e-F@ctory” to achieve digital manufacturing.
With more than 100 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment used in information processing and communications, space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment. Mitsubishi Electric enriches society with technology in the spirit of its “Changes for the Better.” The company recorded a revenue of 4,476.7 billion yen (U.S.$ 36.7 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2022.
Mitsubishi Electric Europe, Industrial Automation – UK Branch is located in Hatfield, United Kingdom. It is a part of the European Factory Automation Business Group based in Ratingen, Germany which in turn is part of Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Japan.
The role of Industrial Automation – UK Branch is to manage sales, service and support across its network of local branches and distributors throughout the United Kingdom.
*U.S. dollar amounts are translated from yen at the rate of ¥221=U.S.$1, the approximate rate on the Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2022.
Tel: +44 (0)1905 917477
Address: Progress House, Midland Road, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5 1AQ, United KingdomReader Contact:
Mitsubishi Electric UK: Victoria Dringer
Tel: +44 (0) 1707 288769
Address: Hatfield Headquarters, Mitsubishi Electric Europe B.V., Automation Systems Divisions, Travellers Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 8XB