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Mitsubishi Electric Launches MELFA ASSISTA Series of Collaborative Robots

Mitsubishi Electric Launches MELFA ASSISTA Series of Collaborative Robots

May 20, 2020
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that on May 21 it will launch its MELFA ASSISTA series of robots that work collaboratively with humans based on safety features such as collision detection and strict compliance with the international safety and robotic standards ISO 10218-1 and ISO/TS15066. The series also will introduce an intuitive engineering software, RT VisualBox, for quick, easy system deployment. Customers will use MELFA ASSISTA and RT VisualBox to realize more efficient production, reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of robotic manufacturing systems, and meet new needs for adequate distancing of workers in manufacturing sites.
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Mitsubishi Electric Releases FR-E800 General Purpose Inverter Series

Mitsubishi Electric Begins Demonstrating Local 5G System in Japan

May 18, 2020
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation today announced that its Nagoya Works in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture has begun a demonstration test of a local 5G system, which Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) has licensed for use in a limited area and operating with a different frequency band, 28.2GHz-28.3GHz, than those deployed by mobile operators. In the coming future, the company expects to deploy local 5G systems to deliver new services and businesses incorporating a wide range of Factory Automation (FA) and other products.
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Mitsubishi Electric Releases FR-E800 General Purpose Inverter Series

Mitsubishi Electric Releases FR-E800 General Purpose Inverter Series

Sept 10, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will release the FR-E800 series power inverters, with a range of 44 new models, from December 9. The new series, with safety functionality meeting IEC 61508 standards, supports various networks such as CC-Link IE TSN, a next-generation open industrial network, and make manufacturing smarter in various fields by integrating the world's first corrosive gas environment detection circuit and the industry's first AI-based diagnostic functions. From April 2020, Mitsubishi Electric will release successive new models with safety communication features such as safely-limited speed, similarly conforming to relevant IEC standards. The product range will be further expanded to a total of 120 models.
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Mitsubishi Electric Develops AI-based Diagnostic Technology

Mitsubishi Electric Develops AI-based Diagnostic Technology

Jul 08, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has developed what is believed to be the world's first diagnostic technology based on the company's proprietary Maisart®* artificial intelligence (AI) technology that uses machine learning to analyze sensor data and then generate a model of a production machine's transition between various operational states, thereby enabling the technology to detect machine abnormalities rapidly and accurately for improved productivity in factories and plants.
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Mitsubishi Electric Invests in Akribis Systems Pte Ltd

Mitsubishi Electric Invests in Akribis Systems Pte Ltd

Jun 18, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has taken an equity stake in Akribis Systems Pte Ltd (Akribis), a Singapore based manufacturer of linear servo motors1 and linear stages, 2 to strengthen its industrial automation solutions for the global market. Mitsubishi Electric, by integrating its servo systems and other industrial automation products with Akribis' product lineup, aims to meet increasing needs for high specification, high precision manufacturing of products utilizing critical new technologies such as 5G to meet the demand generated by IoT related business.
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Mitsubishi Electric to Acquire ICONICS, Inc. in United States

Mitsubishi Electric to Acquire ICONICS, Inc. in United States

May 13, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will acquire the remaining shares of ICONICS, Inc., a U.S. software company focused on SCADA,1 IoT, mobile, analytics and cloud software products for the manufacturing, industrial and building-automation markets, to make the company a 100% subsidiary within the Mitsubishi Electric Group. Mitsubishi Electric aims to enhance its software product lineup to realize e-F@ctory,2 including edge-computing, by combining ICONICS' software-developing capabilities and Mitsubishi Electric's factory-automation technology.
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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Invests in Realtime Robotics, Inc.

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Invests in Realtime Robotics, Inc.

May 08, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has taken an equity stake in Realtime Robotics, Inc. a U.S. technology startup that develops and commercializes motion-planning* technologies. Funding by Mitsubishi Electric is expected to accelerate the development of industrial robot systems offering enhanced safety and performance.
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Mitsubishi Electric Adds New Functions to "MELFA Smart Plus Card"

Apr 23, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will release the "MELFA Smart Plus Card Pack" and the "MELFA Smart Plus Card" with upgraded predictive-maintenance and enhanced force-sensor functions for upgraded functionality in MELFA-FR series industrial robots on April 26, 2019. The new functions incorporate Mitsubishi Electric's original compact AI technology, Maisart®,1 to realize 60% reductions in both takt time and system startup time to contribute to increased productivity at manufacturing sites.
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Mitsubishi Electric Asia’s Factory Automation Division Partners with Emerging IoT Players in First e-F@ctory Alliance in Singapore

Mitsubishi Electric Asia’s Factory Automation Division Partners with Emerging IoT Players in First e-F@ctory Alliance in Singapore

Apr 18, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Asia announced today its collaboration with leading partners and experts to form the first strategic partnership in Singapore, e-F@ctory Alliance, which aims to help companies embark on a journey towards developing the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital transformation. Hosted by the Factory Automation division of Mitsubishi Electric Asia, the Alliance saw more than 20 companies present at the inaugural ceremony held at Shangri-La Hotel this afternoon, including Advantech, Hitachi Asia, Oracle and SATO Asia Pacific, among others.
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Mitsubishi Electric to Release CC-Link IE TSN Compatible Factory Automation Products

Mitsubishi Electric to Release CC-Link IE TSN Compatible Factory Automation Products

Mar 07, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will release the industry's first1 102 factory automation products, including programmable controllers, servo amplifiers, robots, GOTs (HMIs), inverters and CNCs that are compatible with the CC-Link IE TSN2 next-generation industrial open network, starting from May 73. Integration of machine control and information communication required for next-generation smart factories will be realized on one network, further enhancing Mitsubishi Electric's e-F@ctory4 integrated factory automation solution. In addition, high-speed, high-precision communication will improve machine performance and thereby contribute to productivity and quality improvement.
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Mitsubishi Electric to Launch New General Purpose AC Servo and Motion Control Unit

Mitsubishi Electric to Launch New General Purpose AC Servo and Motion Control Unit

Mar 07, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will launch a new series of servo systems─the General Purpose AC Servo MELSERVO J5 series (65 models) and the iQ-R Series Motion Control Unit (7 models)─starting from May 7. These will be the world's-first1 servo system products on the market to support the CC-Link IE TSN2 next-generation industrial open network. Offering industry-leading performance (servo amplifier frequency response3, etc.) and compatibility with CC-Link IE TSN, these new products will contribute to enhanced machine performance and accelerate the advancement of smart factory solutions.
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Mitsubishi Electric Launches MI3000 Model Industrial Computers,Extending its MELIPC Series

Mitsubishi Electric Launches MI3000 Model Industrial Computers,Extending its MELIPC Series

Feb 18, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will extend its MELIPC series of industrial PCs for edge computing and control applications in the field of factory automation (FA) by introducing two new MI3000 units on February 28. The new units will facilitate the visualization of various data at production sites for improved productivity.
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Mitsubishi Electric's Fast Stepwise-learning AI Shortens Motion Learning

Mitsubishi Electric's Fast Stepwise-learning AI Shortens Motion Learning

Feb 13, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) technology capable of fast stepwise learning using a simulator to efficiently complete motion learning in a relatively short time. The new technology combines the company's latest proprietary Maisart®1 compact AI technology and reinforcement learning, which enables machines to explore optimal actions through highly efficient trial and error. Supported with the company's smart-control AI technology that adapts rapidly and nimbly to changing conditions2, the new AI technology learns and responds to changes in actual environments in real time to enable smooth machine operation. Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric will continue developing the technology for improved equipment startup efficiency and autonomous operation.
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AI Technology Developed for Rapid FA Equipment Setup in Factories

AI Technology Developed for Rapid FA Equipment Setup in Factories

Feb 05, 2019
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) announced today that they have developed an artificialintelligence (AI) technology that can reduce time for setting up factory-automation (FA) equipment. The new technology, which combines AIST’s AI technologies and Mitsubishi Electric’s FA technologies for highly effective application in the FA field, will be implemented in Mitsubishi Electric's Maisart®1 products for greatly increased factory productivity.
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Mitsubishi Electric to Launch CC-Link IE TSN Compatible Factory Automation Products

Mitsubishi Electric to Launch CC-Link IE TSN Compatible Factory Automation Products

Nov 27, 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will launch factory automation products, such as programmable controllers, industrial PCs, servo amplifiers, GOT human-machine interfaces, inverters, and robots that are compatible with CC-Link IE TSN, the world's first industrial open network to utilize time sensitive networking (TSN)* technology. CC-Link IE TSN supports TSN technology that ensures real-time control communication on the manufacturing communications layer, even when integrated with the upper level IT system and mixed with other open networks. The launch of these new product will further enhance the integrated factory automation solution e-F@ctory** by utilizing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and edge-computing, accelerating the realization of a smart factory solution.
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Mitsubishi Electric's New Dot Forming Technology Achieves High-precision Three-dimensional Metal Shaping

Mitsubishi Electric's New Dot Forming Technology Achieves High-precision Three-dimensional Metal Shaping

October 23, 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has developed a unique dot forming technology that realizes high-precision shaping by combining laser, computer numerical control (CNC) and computer aided manufacturing CAM technologies in 3D printers. The technology produces high-quality three-dimensional (3D) parts with few voids at high speed, employing a laser wire directed-energy deposition (DED) method, which is an additive-manufacturing process that uses focused thermal energy to fuse materials as they are deposited. Mitsubishi Electric believes that its new technology will raise productivity in a wide range of applications, such as the "near-net" (near-final) shaping of aircraft and automobile parts and build-up repairs.
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Mitsubishi Electric to Acquire ASTES4 SA in Switzerland

Mitsubishi Electric to Acquire ASTES4 SA in Switzerland

August 6, 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced the acquisition of ASTES4 SA (ASTES4), a company based in Switzerland that is engaged in development, production and sales of patented automated sorting solutions for sheet metal laser processing machines, on August 3. With ASTES4 as a wholly owned subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric will offer integrated solutions to the global market with ASTES4's automated sorting systems embedded into Mitsubishi Electric's high value-added sheet metal laser processing machines. The company aims to further expand its worldwide business through this acquisition.
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Mitsubishi Electric Announces Strategic Partnership with ITEI

Mitsubishi Electric Announces Strategic Partnership with ITEI

July 6, 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that its Graphic Operation Terminal GOT2000 Series, a type of human-machine-interface (HMI), would add a Rugged Model on May 30 to enable workers to monitor, operate and adjust machines that operate under extreme conditions, including very high temperatures, extra-bright lighting, strong vibrations or shock, and high water pressure.
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Mitsubishi Electric's Graphic Operation Terminal GOT2000 Series to Add Rugged Model for Use Under Extreme Conditions

Mitsubishi Electric's Graphic Operation Terminal GOT2000 Series to Add Rugged Model for Use Under Extreme Conditions

May 29, 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that its Graphic Operation Terminal GOT2000 Series, a type of human-machine-interface (HMI), would add a Rugged Model on May 30 to enable workers to monitor, operate and adjust machines that operate under extreme conditions, including very high temperatures, extra-bright lighting, strong vibrations or shock, and high water pressure.
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Mitsubishi Electric to Launch iQ Edgecross Software

Mitsubishi Electric to Launch iQ Edgecross Software

April 19, 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will launch a real-time data analyzer and four data collectors sequentially from the end of June 2018 as additions to its iQ Edgecross edge-computing software lineup. iQ Edgecross products support the Edgecross open software platform used to integrate factory automation (FA) and information technology (IT). The real-time data-analyzer is software equipped with proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) for data analysis and diagnostics, which customers will use to strengthen preventive maintenance and quality in their productions shops. The data collectors will enable easy, high-speed collection of data. Together, the new products will improve efficiency by strengthening edge computing in Mitsubishi Electric's e-F@ctory integrated FA solutions, which customers use to reduce total costs of development, production and maintenance.
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Mitsubishi Electric to Launch MELIPC Series Industrial-use Computers

Mitsubishi Electric to Launch MELIPC Series Industrial-use Computers

April 19, 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will launch three MELIPC Series industrial-use computer models for factory automation (FA) control applications and edge computing sequentially from the end of June 2018. The flagship MI5000 combines real-time equipment control and information processing in one box, the midrange MI2000 is designed for wide-ranging system expansion, and the compact, low-cost MI1000 will enable companies to begin introducing IoT on their factory floors.
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Factory Automation Systems Business Strategy Briefing

Factory Automation Systems Business Strategy Briefing

March 27, 2018
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Mitsubishi Electric Develops Fast Force-feedback Control Algorithm by Applying AI Technology

Mitsubishi Electric Develops Smart-control AI Technology that Adapts Rapidly and Nimbly to Changing Conditions

February 8, 2018
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation  announced today that it has developed a smart-control artificial-intelligence (AI) technology under its Maisart* AI brand that enables devices such as industrial robots to rapidly grasp and nimbly adapt in real time to changing conditions of target objects. The application of this AI technology in devices will simplify automation tasks, even in the case of dramatically changing conditions, such as adapting to the changing shape of a non-rigid object.
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Mitsubishi Electric Develops Fast Force-feedback Control Algorithm by Applying AI Technology

Mitsubishi Electric Develops Fast Force-feedback Control Algorithm by Applying AI Technology

November 21, 2017
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has developed a fast force-feedback control algorithm for industrial robots using its Maisart* proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) technology, resulting in low-tolerance precision tasks to be performed with fewer trials and in less time compared to human-supported robot assembly.
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Mitsubishi Electric Introduces New Edge-computing Software and Products

Mitsubishi Electric Introduces New Edge-computing Software and Products

November 7, 2017
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it has developed supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software and industrial-use computers that it will incorporate in e-F@ctory-brand solutions for edge computing on production floors where network edges and data sources intersect. The new offerings will greatly enhance smart-manufacturing processes for production data collection and analysis as well as real-time diagnostics to strengthen preventive maintenance and product quality.
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Announcing the Founding of the Edgecross Consortium

Announcing the Founding of the Edgecross Consortium

November 7, 2017
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation reached an agreement to establish the Edgecross Consortium with five other companies―Advantec Co., Ltd., Omron Corporation, NEC Corporation, IBM Japan, Ltd., and Oracle Corporation Japan. The Consortium will go beyond the basic framework of companies and industries aiming to create new added value based on edge computing. In this way, it will contribute to the promotion of IoT, for which demand is increasing on a global scale, as well as Society 5.0,*1 proposed by the Japanese government, and activities of Connected Industries,*2 which tie in to Society 5.0.
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Mitsubishi Electric Launches MELSEC iQ-R Series IEC 61508 SIL 2-compliant Redundant Programmable Controller

Mitsubishi Electric Launches MELSEC iQ-R Series IEC 61508 SIL 2-compliant Redundant Programmable Controller

October 30, 2017
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it will launch its newest MELSEC iQ-R Series general-purpose programmable controller, the IEC 61508 SIL 2-compliant redundant programmable controller paired with a redundant-function SIL2 CPU set for high performance and extra reliability, on October 31. To help reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), the system integrates detectors and controllers for monitoring and management and a safety programmable controller compliant with international safety standards.
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Mitsubishi Electric Contributes e-F@ctory Demonstration Zone in Changshu Innovation Center for Green & Intelligent Manufacturing

Mitsubishi Electric Contributes e-F@ctory Demonstration Zone in Changshu Innovation Center for Green & Intelligent Manufacturing

July 11, 2017
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that it provided support and products for the recently completed e-F@ctory* demonstration zone within the Changshu Innovation Center for Green & Intelligent Manufacturing, aimed at promoting intelligent manufacturing in China. The center, which is located in the Changshu New & Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone in Changshu city, Jiangsu Province, is supporting manufacturing and R&D, as well as the development of human resources, in cooperation with companies, universities and research institutes.
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Mitsubishi Electric Develops Smart-learning Algorithm for Extra-efficient AI

Mitsubishi Electric Develops Smart-learning Algorithm for Extra-efficient AI

May 24, 2017
With the proprietary deep-reinforcement algorithm for artificial-intelligence (AI) machine control that requires just one-fiftieth the numbers of trials compared to conventional AI control methods. The algorithm is expected to enable smart equipment such as industrial robots and vehicles to use sensors and cameras to rapidly learn about their environments for finely tuned AI-based control in unique environments.
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Mitsubishi Electric Establishes FA Service Facilities in Queretaro and Monterrey, Mexico

Mitsubishi Electric Establishes FA Service Facilities in Queretaro and Monterrey, Mexico

May 12, 2017
To strengthen and accelerate customer support as well as the servicing of FA products in Mexico. Two new factory automation (FA) service facilities-the Mexico FA Center in Queretaro and the Mexico Monterrey FA Center in Nuevo Leon will begin operating on May 15.
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Mitsubishi Electric Introduces New FA-IT Open Platform

Mitsubishi Electric Introduces New FA-IT Open Platform

May 6, 2017
New FA-IT Open Platform is introduced for factory automation based on edge computing. The platform facilitates connectivity between factory shop floors and value chains via Internet of things (IoT) systems to enable the rapid collection, analysis and utilization of data for smart manufacturing.
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Mitsubishi Electric to Launch Over 200 FA Devices Compatible with CC-Link IE Field Network Basic

Mitsubishi Electric to Launch Over 200 FA Devices Compatible with CC-Link IE Field Network Basic

October 27, 2016
More than 200 factory automation (FA) devices for the company's CC-Link IE Field Network products will be released beginning October 31. The devices, including programmable controllers, servo amplifiers, human-machine interfaces (HMIs) and inverters, will be compatible with CC-Link IE Field Network Basic, an open field network utilizing 100Mbps general-purpose Ethernet communication to connect controllers and devices.
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Mitsubishi Electric Pioneers Water Sustainability in Singapore’s Eco-business Park

Mitsubishi Electric Pioneers Water Sustainability in Singapore’s Eco-business Park

August 19, 2016
For years, Green Buildings have taken centre-stage as the symbol of urban ecological friendliness. Today, Mitsubishi Electric’s redefining technologies are making a splash in tomorrow’s Blue Buildings that drive water sustainability.
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IIC Approves Factory Automation Platform As A Service (FA PaaS) Testbed Proposed By Mitsubishi Electric, Hitachi & Intel

IIC Approves Factory Automation Platform As A Service (FA PaaS) Testbed Proposed By Mitsubishi Electric, Hitachi & Intel

June 30, 2016
A joint development by Mitsubishi Electric, Hitachi and Intel Corporation has been approved by the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the United States. The testbed is expected to facilitate the integration of Internet of Things (IoT) systems to connect manufacturing sites and head offices for strengthened operations such as the globalization of supply chains and improved production quality, delivery time and productivity when responding to sudden changes in markets.
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OPC Foundation and CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hannover Fair

OPC Foundation and CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) Sign Memorandum of Understanding at Hannover Fair

April 27, 2016
Digitalization in all areas of industrial automation requires consistent communications across all levels while using Internet technologies, both inside and outside of the factory, for example to cloud-based services. This is precisely what the OPC Foundation and the CLPA hope to achieve by developing an interface specification with harmonized access.
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ARC White Paper on e-F@ctory

ARC White Paper on e-F@ctory

March 4, 2016
New ARC white paper about e-Factory explains how it is suitable for Industrie 4.0/IIoT solutions and more. Some examples are used as well as some insight into the future of manufacturing needs.
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CLPA & PI To Cooperate For A Transparent Network Infrastructure

CLPA & PI To Cooperate For A Transparent Network Infrastructure

November 25, 2015
The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) and PI (PROFIBUS & PROFINET International) are announcing a close collaboration with the objective of promoting and disseminating the use of open industrial networks. As users aspire to be ready for industry 4.0 or the industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) based manufacturing systems easy integration of various networks such as CC-Link IE & PROFINET, is essential for this.
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e-F@ctory Wins Technological Leadership Award for Implementing IIot in Factory Automation

e-F@ctory Wins Technological Leadership Award for Implementing IIot in Factory Automation

October 16, 2015
Mitsubishi Electric’s e-F@ctory concept has just been honoured by Frost & Sullivan as part of their annual Best Practice Awards. The award recognizes Mitsubishi’s e-F@ctory as providing enabling technology in the field of the “Industrial Internet of things in Factory Automation”.
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Mitsubishi Electric's FA Integrated Solutions: Nitto Denko Corporation, a Customer Case Study

Mitsubishi Electric's FA Integrated Solutions: Nitto Denko Corporation, a Customer Case Study

May 14, 2015
At Nitto Denko Corporation’s Kameyama Plant 2, Mitsubishi Electric’s MELSEC-Q Series PLC insulation monitoring deterioration. Using PLC based modules helps to improve leakage countermeasures without reworking major equipment.
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Introducing Mitsubishi Electric New PLC MELSEC iQ-R Series

Introducing Mitsubishi Electric New PLC MELSEC iQ-R Series

February 23, 2015
The next generation of PLC MELSEC iQ-R Series is a proud successor of the original IQ Platform extending its features and functions while reducing engineering effort.
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