SMART FACTORY Expo Conference


Smart manufacturing technology conference. AI, IoT and other technologies for smart factory will be addressed.

Keynote Session Pre-registration Required

SFE-K January, 16 (Wed) 13:00  -  14:30

Smart Factories of World's Leading Manufacturers

  • English / Korean /
    Chinese / Japanese

Utilization of Big Data for Innovation in Semiconductor Manufacturing

Hiroshi Akahori Deputy General Manager, Yokkaichi Operations, Toshiba Memory Corp.

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Toshiba Memory Corp, Yokkaichi Operations has been utilizing big data for the radical productivity improvement. In this keynote speech, I will explain the practical utilization of big data and the newest topics such as machine learning implementation.

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Dr. Hiroshi Akahori has served as deputy general manager of Toshiba Memory Corp., Yokkaichi Operations. He is involved in utilizing big data for yield and productivity improvement. Since joining Toshiba Corp., he has been in the advanced semiconductor industry for more than 25 years with contributions to development of the unit process, process integration, devices, electrical reliability of memory cells, physical chemical analysis, inspection and metrology technologies.

MONOZUKURI Competitiveness Enhancement by Realization of SMART Production Plant

Mitsunori Kitao Vice President, Plant General Manager, Mizushima Plant, Mitsubishi Motors Corp.

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Issues surrounding automotive industries are the challenges we have to overcome by our MONOZUKURI competitiveness. Here is the introduction of IoT utilization at our Mizushima plant aiming at value addition to QCT (Quality, Cost, Time), foreseeing operation troubles and technology transfer as MONOZUKURI competitiveness enhancement.

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In March 1983, joined Mitsubishi Motors Corp., after graduating from Kyoto University Faculty of Engineering Dept. of Metallurgy. Enrolled in Production Engineering, Stamping and Plastic Engineering. Oversea working career;
1998 - 2003 working at MMNA (Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.), 2013 - 2018 Executive Vice President and COO of MMTh(Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Co., Ltd.). In April 2018, appointed as Mitsubishi Motors Mizushima Plant General Manager.

Special Session Pre-registration Required

SFE-S1 January, 17 (Thu) 10:00  -  11:30

Practical Plan for Smart Factories -- The Latest Case Studies

  • English / Japanese

Evolution of Robotics and Revolution of Industrial Automation through the Use of i3 Mechatronics

Masahiro Ogawa Executive Officer, General Manager, Robotics Div., Yaskawa Electric Corp.

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Yaskawa Electric has pursued the automation of production sites by adopting mechatronics devices, such as industrial robots, servos, and AC drives. With the recent growth of the concept of "transforming MONOZUKURI" through the use of IoT and AI, Yaskawa created a solution called "i3 Mechatronics" to revolutionize industrial automation.
Yaskawa sets goals to provide solutions to help customers enhance sustainable productivity by connecting and integrating mechatronics devices in production sites using data.
Yaskawa will introduce the current status of and future prospects in the evolution of production automation including robots using examples of applications.

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Innovation in Manufacturing Site of Monozukuri by "i-Automation!"

Junta Tsujinaga Executive Officer, Senior General Manager, Product Business Div. HQ, Industrial Automation Company, OMRON Corp.

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While management problems faced by Japanese manufacturers such as shortage of workers at production sites, aging of experienced engineers and difficulties in successors become a social issue, Japanese manufacturing is undergoing a major turning point accelerated by the progress of technological innovation such as AI, IoT and robotics. Introducing manufacturing innovation initiatives which have been materialized the concept of i-Automation through development at Omron's own factories and through co-creation with customers, propose the direction of manufacturing innovation in the near future. The Omron's concept of manufacturing innovation, i-Automation, is the following three "i's" of automations:
1)"integrated" automation which improves productivity through fine tuning of control devices 2)"intelligent" automation which let people and machine learn and evolve through usage of data at production floor 3)"interactive" automation which provides flexible manufacturing with harmonizing people and machine

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SFE-S2 January, 17 (Thu) 12:30  -  14:00

For the Realisation of "Connected Industries"

  • English / Japanese

Challenges and Next Steps in Japan's "Smart Manufacturing"

Koji Inoue Director-General, Manufacturing Industries Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

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Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has been promoting the Connected Industries, a future industrial vision to create new added value or overcome societal challenges through a variety of connection among social elements.
In this lecture, I talk on policies toward smart manufacturing.

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Mr.Koji Inoue has served as the Director-General of METI's Manufacturing Industries Bureau since July 2018.
He leads business promotion policy for Japan's manufacturing industries, covering industrial sectors including steel, chemicals, machinery, automotive, aerospace, textiles and paper.

Why Digital Matters for Connected Industries?

Soichiro Murata Director, Internet of Things/Fourth Industrial Revolution, SAP Japan Co., Ltd.

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Among many Connected Industries use cases involving IoT and AI, there are some "good digital practices" that improve productivity and reduce over-hour labor, and some "bad practices". Through various real customer examples, understand how to properly implement Industry 4.0.

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SFE-S3 January, 17 (Thu) 15:00  -  17:00

How Will Smart Technologies Change the Future of Logistics?

  • English / Japanese

Smart Logistics on TOYOTA L&F

Hisashi Ichijo Managing Officer, Chief Technology Officer, TOYOTA Material Handling Group, Toyota Industries Corp.

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While the logistics environment is drastically changing, Toyota L&F is working towards smart logistics with overseas partners "Vanderlande, Bastian Solutions". We will introduce the logistics solution realized with "Robotized/Intelligent logistics equipment", and furthermore "connected" logistics solution.

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Intelligent Logistics Leading the Future of Logistics Industry

Hiratomo Miyata Co-founder & CEO, GROUND Inc.

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A global logistics distribution model has dramatically changed in the last decade due to the rapid growth of E-commerce markets. The retailers have to introduce state-of-the-art technologies including robots and AI to keep up with this change because their conventional logistics models, like a speed delivery and dealing with the long tail, cannot take care of the new wave. In this speech, I will show you the latest trends and initiatives in logistics industry leaders all over the world and figure out how we handle and adapt the new logistics.

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NEC Supply Chain Innovation and Digital Transformation in Logistics

Yutaka Matsushita Senior Vice President, NEC Corp.

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NEC experienced Supply Chain Innovation integrating Manufacturing and Logistics as a manufacturer. Connecting this knowledge and cutting-edge AI/IoT/Robotics technology, we create new value as an integrator. In this session, we introduce Digital Transformation in Logistics initiative with cases.

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SFE-S4 January, 18 (Fri) 14:30  -  16:00

New Trend in Industrial Platforms

  • English / Japanese

A Vision for New Business Model of Manufacturing in the Digital Age

Tomonori Yako Chief Innovation Officer, Director, IoT Innovation Center, Executive Consultant, Uhuru Corp.

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Various companies are beginning to tackle IoT/AI, but few companies are able to see the aims. I propose how to secure the competitiveness of manufacturing in the digital age, and what smart manufacturing and factories are aiming for.

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"The Future of the Job Site" Created by Smart Construction

Chikashi Shike Executive Officer, President, Smart Construction Promotion Div., Komatsu Ltd.

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Improvement in labor productivity is urgently needed in the domestic construction industry, which will suffer serious labor shortage in the future. Komatsu launched a service of Smart Construction that connects the construction production process with three-dimensional data in 2015. Introduced to about 6,000 jobsites, we are working on solving various problems.

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SFE-S5 January, 17 (Thu) 13:00  -  14:00

Development & Planning of CSOT Smart Manufacturing

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    Chinese / Japanese
Martin Chen Vice President, CSOT, Ltd. / Executive Director, TCL Corp.

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Status quo of csot manufacturing intelligence, and development of intelligent production technologies such as automatic image defect classification, AI judgment code, intelligent quality control and so on.

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Mr. Chen Shengzhong, he has rich experience in the research and development, production and intelligent manufacturing of LCD panels. He has taken the lead in developing a series of internationally leading LCD panel technologies.
He adhering to the concept of intelligent manufacturing to promote technological change and optimization and upgrading of LCD panel industry, has developed leading intelligent production technologies such as automatic image defect classification, AI judgment code, intelligent quality control and so on.

Technical Session Pre-registration Required

SFE-1 January, 16 (Wed) 9:30  -  11:00

Factory Innovation with IoT/AI Changes Small & Medium Sized Manufacturers' "Monozukuri"(manufacturing)

  • English / Japanese

A Small Local Manufacture, IBUKI's Challenge for Smart Factory with IoT/AI
-- Success, Failure and Lessons

Shinkazu Matsumoto CEO, IBUKI Inc. / Chief Executive Officer, O2 Inc.

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We can now say that "IoT and AI can make good chemistry". At the beginning stage, we could only make trial and error in the dark. We had no established skills to write macros in Excel. Also, we had only limited budget and time. However, now our IoT and AI project at IBUKI has now successfully entered its third generation and we received a prize at the Monodzukuri (Manufacturing) Nippon Grand Award. Looking back the history of our modest-sized company's challenging efforts, I will talk about lessons we have learned, such as tips for managing new projects and important points to be heeded when introducing IoT and AI.

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Remote Painting Factory by IoT/AI Technology

Hisami Odakura The President, Representative Director, Hibara Co., Ltd.

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An example of the management technique of remote paint factory using the IoT/AI, an illustration of tradition system of the painting skill, etc.

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SFE-2 January, 17 (Thu) 9:30  -  11:00

The Impact of Additive Manufacturing

  • English / Japanese

Innovation for Additive Manufacturing

Takahiro Maruyama Senior Sales Manager, Portfolio Development Div., Siemens K.K.

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Siemens announced a new collaboration platform that provides customers with the on-demand environment for on-demand design and engineering know-how, knowledge, digital tools, and manufacturing service. This AMN is the platform for creating new business opportunities, connecting end users with service bureaus which are spread out around the world.

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Digital Light Synthesis™ to Drive Additive Manufacturing
-- Convergence of Hardware, Software and Molecular Science

Joseph M. DeSimone Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Carbon, Inc.

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This lecture will describe a new advance in additive manufacturing, referred to as Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS), which is rapid, uses materials that have the requisite properties to yield final parts, and is economically competitive. Our approach promises to advance industry beyond basic prototyping, which is what 3D printing has primarily been limited to, to truly enable 3D manufacturing.

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Dr. Joseph M. DeSimone is the CEO/Co-founder of Carbon, Inc. located in Silicon Valley. Prior to this, DeSimone was the Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and of Chemistry at UNC. DeSimone is one of fewer than twenty individuals who have been elected to all three branches of the U.S. National Academies: the National Academy of Medicine (2014), the National Academy of Sciences (2012), and the National Academy of Engineering (2005). In June 2016, DeSimone was recognized by President Barack Obama with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

SFE-3 January, 17 (Thu) 9:30  -  11:00

Latest Trends of Edge Computing in Smart Factories

  • English / Japanese

Smart Manufacturing with e-F@ctory Solution

Haruyuki Otani General Manager, Solution Systems Dept., Factory Automation Systems Group, Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

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Mitsubishi Electric has advanced reinforcement of edge immediately to cooperate with a match of IoT and cloud of the world. The case for which edge was utilized is included, and the smart manufacturing and the "e-F@ctory solution" which achieves that are introduced.

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The New Industrial Controller Achieves an Edge Computing

Fumihiko Okaniwa Chief Executive Instrumentation Components Business Unit, Industrial Systems Div., Toshiba Infrastructure Systems & Solutions Corp. / Director, Toshiba IT & Control Systems Corp.

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To achieve a smart factory, information of equipment has been requested to utilize cloud computing system. However, since the information has become too large, the edge processing draws more attention recently.
This seminar introduces the scheme and the realization method to achieve the edge computing by a new controller.

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SFE-4 January, 18 (Fri) 9:30  -  11:00

Making a Smart Factory with Existing Equipment

  • English / Japanese

Mining the Buried Manufacturing Data with IoT and Visualization!

Mitsuaki Ebara Unit Manager, Manufacturing Strategic Business Unit, Sales & Solution Div., WingArc1st Inc.

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Only 20% of data is utilized in manufacturing operation. Machine logs, handwritten paper, Excel, etc. - a lot of data is buried in manufacturing scene. This session shows the examples of the projects which mines the 80% of the data with IoT and utilizes it for Kaizen.

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General manager at solution planning dept. for manufacturing industry sector in WingArc1st. Joined the predecessor company of WingArc1st - Tsubasa system in 2003. Was responsible for sales head at Nagoya office in 2007 and general manager at BI consulting dept.

Smart Factory Solution that Realize IoT Easily by Retrofit to Existing Facilities

Yasuhiro Yanagi General Manager, System Engineering Dept., R&D Center, AIS Co., Panasonic Corp.

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AIS Co., Panasonic Corp. aims at making proposals to realize IoT of legacy facilities, which realization of IoT is difficult, in the factory.
Realize IoT system easily by retrofit to existing facilities, and contribute to making the factory respond to high quality requirements with collecting and analyzing information for process improvement.

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Joined Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. in 1989.
Moved to Electromechanical Control Business Div., AIS Co., Panasonic Corp. in 2017.
Engaged in system technology development for factory's IoT.

SFE-5 January, 18 (Fri) 9:30  -  11:00

Challenges for "Zero Downtime"

  • English / Japanese

Efforts and Activities for Industry 4.0 by KDDI

Keigo Harada General Manager, IoT Business Planning Dept., IoT Business Development Div., KDDI Corp.

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How to detect system failures with reasonable cost by leveraging on IoT & AI technology based on IoT Packaging Service for factories by KDDI that have been launched since August, 2018.
What's more, introduce feedback & reaction from customers who have already deployed these packages & Services.

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Procedure of "Operation Analysis" and "Predictive Maintenance" Making Full Use of Existing Facility Data

Yoshikazu Kida CEO, FA Products Inc.

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How do we start and achieve "IoT of existing facilities" which is an important theme to realize "Smart Factory"?
The lecturer who has experiences involved in many Smart Factory projects will explain the steps to be taken
focusing on two major issues (operation analysis and predictive maintenance).

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In March 1995, graduated from Nihon University College of Economics. Joined KEYENCE Corp.
Experienced consulting, sales and management of sensors, measuring instruments, controllers, etc.
which are utilized for automated equipment and improvement of manufacturing sites.
Broaden the knowledge on the trend of manufacturing of various industries such as automobiles, electronic components, semiconductors and foods.
In September 2009, he took part in a project under the direct control of the president, was assigned as a major company's strategy manager,
involved in many projects on automation, and led them to success.
Since he had established FA Products Inc. in 2011,
he has proposed various FA control devices and supported sales and introduction of software in the design domain.
He has also presented at many seminars and lectures on smart factories,
utilizing the knowledge cultivated on the field and experiences accumulated by discussions with many managers.

Exhibitors' Presentation Free / No Registration Required

Exhibitors will give presentations about the latest products/technologies.

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Concurrent Conferences Pre-registration Required

ROBO-K1 January, 17 (Thu) 10:00  -  11:30
  • Fully Booked

Industrial Robots Innovate Manufacturing

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    Chinese / Japanese

KUKA is Leading a New Era -- Human Robot Collaboration

Yasuhiro Hoshino Representative Director & CEO, KUKA Japan K.K.

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In a new era in which human and robots collaborate, KUKA introduces its idea how KUKA is challenging the product development and looking ahead to the future, and introduces the latest robot technology and practical examples that are key among them. Furthermore we propose a model case where people and robots coexist

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NVIDIA's Robot AI Strategy

Masataka Osaki Japan Country Manager, Vice President, Worldwide Field Operations, NVIDIA

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NVIDIA's Robot AI Strategy will be discussed in this session.

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ROBO-S3 January, 18 (Fri) 12:00  -  13:00

Speech by Chairman of Top Robotic Company

  • English / Japanese

FANUC's Challenge -- Robot and IoT Pave the Way to Smart Manufacturing

Yoshiharu Inaba Representative Director, Chairman and CEO, FANUC Corp.

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FANUC is aiming to realize Smart Manufacturing that solves several manufacturing issues. We introduce some of its key components like intelligent robot, collaborative robot and FIELD system as an open platform for IoT and AI and explain several examples of them.

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ROBO-5 January, 18 (Fri) 13:30  -  15:00

Collaborative Robots in Manufacturing

  • Available only in Japanese

Collaboration in Japan

Shuichiro Nakajima Local Business Unit Manager, Robotics, Robotics and Motion Div., ABB K.K.

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As a pioneering technology leader, ABB is leading digitalization of industries. In Robotics, one of our main fields, we aim to realize "Factory of the Future" with comprehensive solutions. In this seminar, we introduce overview of our robotics business and the latest technology of collaborative robots.

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Hints and Challenges When Introducing Cooperative Robots

Hirokazu Ichihara Representative Director, Chemi-Con Nagaoka Corp.

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We will show you the opportunity when we introduced robot.
In addition, we report on effective method of introducing robot.

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WEA-2 January, 16 (Wed) 9:30  -  11:00

Case Study -- Wearable Applications in Manufacturing & Logistics Sites

  • Available only in Japanese

Digitization of Factory and Utilization of Data by Wearable Terminal

Hiroaki Matsui General Manager, Sales Div.1 & Marketing Div. (concurrent), Digital Industry Business Group, Computer Engineering & Consulting, Ltd.

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There are various facilities in the factory, it is important to decide what kind of data to collect from them, there are many points to consider such as facilities, IoT tools, how to hold data. Wearable terminals are gaining attention as information distribution terminals to users due to technological innovation and explain concrete utilization methods with examples.

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In March 1997, graduated from Senshu University law school. In April 1997 he joined CEC Corp. He belongs to the Automotive Industry Systems Div. and engages in IT business for factory. In April 2016, he took office as Director of Industry Automation Business Group's First Sales Div. and has reached the present.
In external activities, in April 2015, participated in WG as a support member at IVI (Industrial Value Chain Initiative). In April 2016, participated in IVI's WG "Improvement of productivity through visualization of facilities and people".

Successful Case Studies for Smartglasses Technology and IoT in the Enterprise Markets

Keiichiro Fujii Director of Operations Japan, Vuzix Corp.

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Smartglasses solutions are not only remote support but also scanning bar code in warehouse. And introduce our latest products line up that we showcase at CES 2019.

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ROBO-S1 January, 16 (Wed) 10:30  -  12:00
  • Fully Booked
  • FREE

Next-generation Logistics Brought by Robotics & IoT Technology

  • English / Japanese

MUJIN's Latest Example of Automation Both for Manufacturing Process and Factory Logistics

Issei Takino CEO & Co-Founder, MUJIN Inc.

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Even though MUJIN's intelligent robot solution for logistics has been often featured by medias, FA solutions which automate manufacturing process and factory logistics are not known very much. In this presentation, MUJIN's latest example will be presented with movies describing actual case studies.

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NITORI GROUP's Efforts to Revolutionize Logistics

Akio Igarashi President, Home Logistics Co., Ltd. / Senior Executive Officer, Nitori Holdings Co., Ltd.

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Home Logistics is responsible for NITORI GROUP's logistics. By introducing latest IT and robotics such as "Autostore",which was the first to be installed in Japan,Home Logistics have been striving to reform our environment.

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Akio Igarashi was employed by NITORI Furniture in 1986. After working in 7 stores and in the HR Department, he was elected as a member of Logistics Reconstruction Project, and was involved in the foundation of Home Logistics in 2010. In 2018, he was appointed to be the President and representative director of Home Logistics.

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