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Mitsubishi boosts factory automation production with digital twin

Mitsubishi boosts factory automation production with digital twin

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By Nick Flaherty



Mitsubishi Electric is to expand its production of factory automation (FA) control systems with a second factory in Japan and digital twin.

The ¥42.5bn (€275m) construction of a second five storey production building of 6,000m2 in Owariasahi City, Aichi Prefecture, is part of its Nagoya Works campus.

An initial investment announced in March last year was for a single, three storey production building of 11.200m2 due to start operations in April 2025. This plan is now being expanded to add a second production building with a planned start of operations slated for April 2027.

Overall, this increases the total investment to ¥55.5bn or €360m to strengthen the response to demand fluctuations by improving logistic efficiency through the use of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) and synchronised production. It will also use digital twins to ensure customers can receive a stable supply of products. 

The global demand for FA control-system products is expected to grow over the medium to long term due to increasing capital investment in the manufacturing sector, particularly in electric vehicles (EVs) and lithium-ion batteries and digital-related fields such as semiconductors and electronic components.

The two production buildings will be closely integrated with the digital twin to streamline the operations. As next-generation factories, both 5G communications and AI will be used throughout as well as advanced supply chain management (SCM) and engineering chain management (ECM) based on Mitsubishi’s e-F@ctory concept.

The expected benefits include accelerated productivity and quality-improvement cycles, shortened delivery times, and high-quality, high-efficiency production.

www.mitsubishi.com

 

 

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