RoboDEX NAGOYA Conference


Robotics technology conference. Various case studies and latest technology development will be explained at the seminars.

Keynote Session Pre-registration Required

ROBO-K
September, 18 (Wed) 15:30  -  17:00

Future Manufacturing with Robots

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Lean Automation and Robotics Challenge in DENSO

Katsuhiko Sugito CEO, Denso Wave Inc. / Executive Officer, Production Innovation Center, DENSO Corp.

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Introduction about heritage of Denso's unique concept "Lean Automation" and its key technology "Robotics", and recent new challenges of "AI" and "IoT".

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NVIDIA's AI Platform for Powering Japanese Technologies

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

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From development of autonomous vehicles to efficient manufacturing, NVIDIA's AI computing platform is currently accelerating MONOZUKURI in Japan. In this session, we will introduce NVIDIA's latest technology as well as domestic and international case studies.

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Special Session Pre-registration Required

ROBO-S1 September, 18 (Wed) 10:30  -  12:00

Robots in Space -- Latest Development Status and Practical Use Case

  • Available only in Japanese

Space Exploration by Intelligent Robots

Takashi Kubota Research Director, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

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Lunar or planetary missions have received a lot of attention all over the world. Robotics makes an important role to realize those missions. This seminar introduces the outline of future missions and the recent exploration robotics technology.

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Dr. Kubota is a professor at Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan.
He was a visiting scientist in Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1997 and 1998.
He engages in Hayabusa missions and his research interests include exploration robots, AI in space, Robotics, Image based navigation etc.

Possibility of an Avatar Robot with the World's Most Powerful and Dexterous Robotic Hand

Masahiro Kasuya CEO, MELTIN MMI

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MELTIN's avatar robot has powerful and dexterous robotic hand while maintaining human-sized shape, it can provide not only a solution for various labor issues like worker shortage and work environment, but also a possibility to explore new frontier for the human race, such as space.

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In 1991, he began to discover that humans have "limitations". In 1998, he pondered on the possibility of combining medicine and engineering to overcome these limitations and began his research on cyborg technology in 2002. He received the Young Investigation Excellence Award from the Robotic Society of Japan in 2011 then founded MELTIN in 2013. After working as a research fellow at the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, he received a Ph.D. degree in robotics and artificial intelligence in 2016. He is responsible for a wide variety of developmental activities, such as circuit and mechanical designing, firmware development, and network system construction.

ROBO-S2 September, 18 (Wed) 13:00  -  14:30

How to Deploy Robots in Manufacturing -- Hints and Challenges

  • Available only in Japanese

Manufacturing Using Robots That Are Japanese Traditional Arts

Tadashi Takamaru Representative Director, Takamaru Engineers Co., Ltd.

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From the robot system integrator's point of view, how to proceed with successful robotization, such as robot utilization methods corresponding to high-mix low-volume production, actual introduction cases at manufacturing companies across the country, investment effects, and robot characteristics of each robot manufacturer We introduce point and development example.

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Hints and Challenges When Introducing Collaborative 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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ROBO-S3 September, 19 (Thu) 12:00  -  13:30

Robots in Logistics Change the Future

  • Available only in Japanese

Utilization of Advanced Technology in Postal and Logistics Services

Takashi Ueda Specialist, Operational Reforms Planning Div., JAPAN POST Co., Ltd.

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To address the declining birthrate and the aging population, and the concurrent fall in the working age population, Japan Post is studying possibilities to ensure secure and sustainable postal and logistics services, including the use of drones and robots.

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He joined the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications in 1991. He has been engaged in promoting drones and autonomous driving since 2015.

How Robots Play Important Role in Intelligent Logistics®

Hiratomo Miyata Founder & CEO, GROUND Inc.

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A global logistics distribution has dramatically changed in the last decade due to the rapid growth of E-commerce markets. Now E-commerce has grown to social infrastructures, which leads diversifying and sophisticating demands of customers.
The retailers have to introduce state-of-the-art technologies including robots and AI to keep up with and take care of the new wave.
In this speech, I will show you the latest trends and initiatives of "robots" in logistics industry leaders all over the world and figure out how we adapt to "Intelligent Logistics®" GROUND Inc. has been advocating and promoting globally.

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ROBO-S4 September, 20 (Fri) 12:00  -  13:00

Production Innovation and Passion for Product Development

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Mazda's Monotsukuri Aspirations and Challenges -- Take Production Reform
at Plant for Example

Hironori Okano General Manager, Hofu Plant, Mazda Motor Corp.

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As a small player in the automobile industry, Mazda's way to winning out in the face of severe global competition is a series of never stop challenges.
We will introduce Mazda's Monotsukuri aspirations and challenging history, which basis of this, and current efforts of global flexible production.

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ROBO-S5 September, 20 (Fri) 14:30  -  16:00

Speech by Leaders of Next-generation Robot Development

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To the Machine the Work of Machines, to Man the Thrill of Further Creation

Tom Mathias President & CEO, Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies, Inc.

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OMRON has been improving lives and contributing to a better society through our business, innovating manufacturing with strategic concept "innovative-Automation!"
Advances in our core technology which is sensing, control, and "thinking" are revolutionizing human and machine collaboration in manufacturing.

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Tom Mathias is President & CEO of Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies, Inc., a global leader in intelligent, vision-guided robotics systems and services based in San Ramon, California (SF Bay Area). Tom has over 20 years of global experience in the automation industry, having worked in the US, Europe, and Japan, and speaks fluent English, German, and Japanese. Omron Robotics and Safety Technologies, Inc. is a division of Omron Corp. (6645 : Tokyo Stock Exchange).

Commercialization of Mobile Robot "RoBoHoN" and Future Prospects

Miho Kagei Div. Manager, Market Development Div., loT Products Business Unit, loT Health and Environment Systems BU, Sharp Corp.

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Mobile robot "RoBoHoN" launched in May 2016 is portable and that can walk on two legs. The second generation series launched in February this year. We will talk about the aim of commercializing this robot and the future prospects.

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Technical Session Pre-registration Required

ROBO-1 September, 18 (Wed) 10:30  -  12:00

Next-generation Sensors Innovate Robots and Factories

  • Available only in Japanese

Three-dimensional Vision Sensor Technology
as Eye of an Intelligent Picking Robot

Gang Xu CEO, Kyoto Robotics Corp.

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The intelligent picking robot consists of a three-dimensional eye which recognizes objects to be picked, a brain which plans the robot's motion based on the results it recognized, an arm and a hand which execute the task of picking and placing. In this lecture, I explain three-dimensional eye technology, the core technology and product of an intelligent picking robot that makes use of these four elements.

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High-speed Image Processing and Its Applications to Robot Control

Masatoshi Ishikawa Professor, Dept. of Information Physics and Computing, Graduate School of Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo

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Architectures, devices, and systems of high-speed image processing will be shown. Its applications and recent trend will be explained as well. In addition, architecture and design concept of high-speed smart system and its applications to robot control will be shown by using videos.

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ROBO-2 September, 19 (Thu) 9:30  -  11:00

Collaborative Robots in Manufacturing

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New Integrated Control World by Collaborative Robot "COBOTTA"

Yosuke Sawada General Manager, FA Robot Business Unit, Product Planning Dept., Denso Wave Inc.

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Introduce case studies with featuring "safety design", "portable body", "easy to use" & "open platform" and extended products by our integrated development environment.

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Joined DENSO Corp. formerly known as Nippon Denso Co. Ltd. in 1985, and started working on a development, sales and technical supports for a commercialization of an industrial robot in 1992.
From 2004, was sent to DENSO EUROPE B.V in Germany for 7 years to establish the sales expanding systems of DENSO robotics in Europe.
Since 2011 has been in charge of planning new products at the product planning dept. at DENSO WAVE Inc.

Case Study: Human Cooperative Robots in the Production Process

Miyako Shiraishi Expert, Engine Sec., Manufacturing Dept No.1, Yokohama Plant, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

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At the Yokohama plant, more streamlined production processes are required. Nissan designed, produced, and programmed their first human-coordinated robot that identifies issues in the field of Monozukuri Genba. Nissan's production lines by utilizing this human-coordinated robot contribute to significant improvement of productivity in Nissan's "Monozukuri Genba".

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ROBO-3 September, 19 (Thu) 14:30  -  16:00

Collaborative Robots in Food, Cosmetics and Pharmaceutical Industries

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Development of Collaborative Humanoid Robot "NEXTAGE"

Takakatsu Isozumi Director, Kawada Robotics Corp.

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As a solution to the labor shortage problem, Kawada has been proposing Collaborative Humanoid Robot NEXTAGE to the market 10 years ago. Currently NEXTAGE are used in various manufacturing sites in Japan. In this presentation, the development and future prospects of NEXTAGE are introduced.

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Introduction to Robot Coexistence in the Food Industry

Hiroyuki Furumoto Deputy General Manager, Plant Technology Div., Mazda Ace Co., Ltd.

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In recent years, ensuring a workforce in the food industry is extremely difficult and the application of automated devices using robots has been delayed. Our company has developed cartoning devices which can be easily deployed at a unit level in existing factories with the aim of fully automating existing factories in conjunction with automatic sorters. This time, we will introduce our activities from the developmental features of these products to the present adding some actual examples.

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After joining the present Mazda Ace Co., Ltd. in 1982, I engaged in the development of high speed conveyance devices in 2002 by way of manufacturing system construction work using robots, machine tools, and electronic devices. In 2014, the development division was established and, at the same time, I began to conduct marketing. Development of the cartoning devices targeted for the food industry took 2 years and their exhibitions at trade shows received high marks. Currently, I have integrated a conveyance solution centering on the automation of the complete process from cartoning to sorting and automation using co-existing robots.

ROBO-4 September, 20 (Fri) 9:30  -  11:00

Forefront of Robot Development -- Requests to Component Suppliers from Robot Manufacturers

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View for Components Technology to Realize Automation Solution
by e-F@ctory and Intelligent Robot

Junji Takehara General Manager, Robot Manufacturing Dept., Nagoya Works, Mitsubishi Electric Corp.

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Mitsubishi Electric's intelligent robots are expanding their applications to the world, connecting with people and facilities by e-F@ctory, concept of IoT, and AI. In this session, we will introduce applications of increasingly computerized intelligent robots and give a prospect for components technologies that are required creating those solutions.

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About Yaskawa Electric Corporation's Next Generation Robot Development
and Required Materials

Hidenori Matsuura Dept. Manager, New Generation Robot Development Dept., Corporate Research & Development Center, Corporate Technology Div., Yaskawa Electric Corp.

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Introduction of Yaskawa Electric Corp., and further, our thinking of next-generation robot development. For this, we will introduce the necessary materials and components.

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Concurrent Conferences Pre-registration Required

SFE-K
September, 18 (Wed) 13:00  -  14:30

AI & Big Data Innovate Manufacturing: Case Study & the Benefit

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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.

Engineering Innovation of Vehicle Production and Future of Monozukuri in Automobile Industry

Haruhiko Yoshimura Alliance Global VP, Corporate Vice President, Vehicle Production Engineering and Development Div., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

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Automotive industry has been required to challenge the issue of environment, safety, and improvement of attractive quality. Technologies for Weight reduction, electrification, autonomous driving, and connected cars are expected to expand rapidly in the future. Nissan Motor has been developing new production technology in line with vehicle structure innovation. In this session, we will introduce the changes in vehicle structure through the weight reduction, electrification, autonomous driving, and connected cars and Nissan's efforts in production technology innovation.

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1983 - Joined Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
1998 - Manager, Vehicle Production Engineering Dept.
2005 - Transferred to Nissan Europe S.A.S.
2009 - GM, Vehicle Assembly Engineering Dept., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
2011 - Plant Manager, Oppama Plant
2014 - Alliance Global Director, Vehicle Process Engineering No.2/VP,
Vehicle Production Engineering
2015 - Alliance Global VP, Vehicle Production Engineering
2016 - Corporate Vice President, Alliance Global VP
Vehicle Production Engineering

SFE-S1 September, 18 (Wed) 15:30  -  17:00

Small & Medium Sized Manufacturers Can Achieve Smart Factories

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Concrete Example of Ricoh-style Industrie 4.0

Kazuo Nishinomiya Corporate Senior Vice President, Responsible for Production & Procurement, Executive General Manager, Production Div., Ricoh Co., Ltd.

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Ricoh has promoted digitalization having applied original tools derived from our own Gemba to achieve ideal "Smart Factory". Here is the introduction of IoT and Digital Manufacturing Ricoh with Image processing technology has practiced.

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Productivity Improvement by Factory Digitalization

Naoki Tani Senior Vice President, Managing Director, IoT Business Dept., Corporate Sales and Marketing Div., NTT DOCOMO, Inc.

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DOCOMO provides IoT solutions to improve productivity and address issues related to labor shortage in manufacturing industry. This presentation will introduce examples of the IoT solutions that were tested via multiple PoCs with SMEs; in particular, IoT platform, failure sign detection for factory equipment, and bottleneck process detection solution for product manufacturing lines.

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SFE-S3 September, 19 (Thu) 14:30  -  16:00

Automation of Inspection Process for Smart Factories

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Smart Factory Test: Automated Process & Product Control

John J. Arena Product Line Director, System Test Group, Teradyne Inc.

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The Internet of Things is the core of the "Smart Factory", interconnecting computing sense and control devices in testers. Discover how to utilize existing test data and intelligence from the factory floor, bringing it to the enterprise by merging tester data, status and health.

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John Arena is a Product Line Director for Teradyne's System Test Group. He has held multiple technical, business and strategy development roles in his 30 years with the company. He holds a BSEE from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and a Master in Business Administration from Boston University.

Smart Inspection Process in the Manufacturing Line
-- Report Based on Proof Experiments from IVI WG

Hidenori Ichimoto Staff Manager, Production Planning Dept., Production Engineering Div., Mazda Motor Corp. / IVI Leader, Industrial Value Chain Initiative

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I will report the proof experiments of Deep Learning and AI in our engine assembly line, camshaft machining line, and camshaft foundry line. These are based on the IVI business working scenario from 2017. (Improving quality, productivity of production lines with Artificial Intelligence)

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In 1982 joined Mazda Motor Corp., in 2000 was appointed as Staff Manager, Powertrain Production Engineering Dept..
Served in Engine Engineering Gr., Foundry Production Engineering Gr. NO.2, and served as Manager, Tool Engineering Gr..
Since 2015 has been an IVI member. Since 2017 has been served as Staff Manager, Production Planning Dept..

AUTO-K
September, 18 (Wed) 10:30  -  11:30

Mobility Evolution and Challenge for the Future

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Shigeki Terashi Member of the Board of Directors, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Corp.

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Automotive Industry is now in a period of drastic change, as technologies like electrification, automated driving, connected, and car-sharing are making significant progress. Presentation introduces Toyota's challenge on transformation from traditional car company to a mobility company by evolving mobility to create the future.

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Shigeki Terashi joined Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in 1980. In 2005, he was appointed executive chief engineer. He became a senior managing officer at TMC in 2013, and an executive vice president, and a member of the board of directors in 2015. He organizes planning and development of powertrains and electrified vehicles, as well as R&D of advanced technologies which leads to future mobility society.

NEPCON-K
September, 19 (Thu) 12:00  -  13:00

DENSO's Monozukuri(manufacturing) Spirits & Development of Engineers

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Development of Human Resources and Organization for DENSO Engineers -Crafting the Core-

Yasushi Yamanaka Executive Vice President, Member of the Board, DENSO Corp.

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The automobile industry is facing a once-in-a-century period of profound transformation. The environment has been rapidly changing such as technologies have been innovated dramatically and the domain has been enlarged. This presentation describes DENSO's efforts to develop human resources and organization for engineers which pass down, evolve and deepen its strengths proven by the unique history.

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NEPCON-S1 September, 18 (Wed) 10:30  -  12:00

Leading EMS Providers' Technologies

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Navigate the Future, Pegatron's DMS Business

Jason Cheng Vice Chairman, Pegatron Corp.

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Pegatron has become one of leading companies in DMS (Design and Manufacturing Service) industry through the years. What opportunities did they grab? How did the company overcome difficulties? Its Vice Chairman Mr. Cheng will deliver the speech to elaborate the key to the company's growth, offer his perspectives on the trend of development and bring up what Pegatron has enhanced to reach next era.

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Jason Cheng has served as Vice Chairman of Pegatron Corp. since 2016. He is also Chairman of some subsidiaries of Pegatron Group. Cheng has been dedicated to the business area of Design and Manufacturing Services (DMS) for electronic products since 1994 with ASUSTeK. He takes an active role in driving excellence of operation for large scale, high quality, and competitive cost. In 2008 ASUSTeK decided to refocus on the brand business and Pegatron was spun off as an independent company pursuing DMS business. Cheng was pointed to be CEO of Pegatron and the company was listed on Taiwan Stock Exchange on June 24, 2010.

"EMS+" Business by "General Purpose Robot Platform"

Shinji Kojima Senior Architect, General Manager, New Business Design Dept., New Business Div., VAIO Corp.

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Already "Robots" aren't products that only companies which are familiar with IT technology can develop.
Aim for the day when people and "Robots" can coexist coming soon, now VAIO offer "General Purpose Robot Platform" which provide necessary technology and solutions for development of "Communication Robot".
It will make all companies can develop "Robots".
In this talk, introduce a new EMS business "EMS+" utilizing this platform.

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