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Next Generation of Global Production Management Using Sensing and Analysis Technology

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Hitachi is working on the development of a next-generation production management system that uses IoT technology and cloud services in accordance with a roadmap of functional enhancements based on maturity metrics. Recognizing that cameras provide a new sensing technique for visualization, Hitachi is utilizing image analysis techniques and integration with production results data to achieve quality and productivity improvements in the short term, and to generate improvement suggestions and perform optimization throughout the supply chain by combining these techniques and results data with big data analytics over the long term. Hitachi undertook an analysis of machining and assembly production sites from a 3M perspective to identify applications where image analysis techniques can be beneficial. Furthermore, Hitachi has developed a technique for detecting deviations from standard operation by extracting feature values representing worker operations from images captured on motion cameras, and demonstrated their effectiveness through a trial conducted using actual images from a manufacturing workplace in a customer co-creation project.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Hideya Isaka

Industrial System Upper Engineering Center, Industrial Manufacturing Solution Division, Industrial Solution Division, Industry & Distribution Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development and design of information and control systems for industrial factories.

Hiroto Nagayoshi

Media Systems Research Department, Center for Technology Innovation – Systems Engineering, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the research and development of computer vision and pattern recognition. Mr. Nagayoshi is a member of the Information Processing Society of Japan (IPSJ), The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE), and IEEE.

Hiroshi Yoshikawa

Energy Systems Department, Matsudo Research Center, Industry and Water Business Administration Division, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development of information technologies for EPC and industrial services. Mr. Yoshikawa is a member of the IPSJ.

Toshihiro Yamada

Industrial System Upper Engineering Center, Industrial Manufacturing Solution Division, Industrial Solution Division, Industry & Distribution Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development and design of information and control systems for industrial factories.

Nobuhiro Kakeno

Industrial System Upper Engineering Center, Industrial Manufacturing Solution Division, Industrial Solution Division, Industry & Distribution Business Unit, Hitachi, Ltd. He is currently engaged in the development and design of information and control systems for industrial factories. Mr. Kakeno is a member of The Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (SICE).

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