Changing the future withDigital Manufacturing.

  1. The evolving next-generation
    manufacturing workflow
  2. Technologies behind
    Digital Manufacturing

HANNOVER MESSE, the world’s largest industrial fair specializing in manufacturing technology,
was held in Hannover, Germany from April 25 through 29.
Konica Minolta participated in this event for the first time,
showcasing its new Digital Manufacturing solutions.
It will change future manufacturing by connecting and sharing data
from the factory floor to the management team like never before.

01The evolving next-generation
manufacturing workflow

Over 5,000 companies from all over the world annually hold exhibits for over 200,000 visitors at Hannover Messe. The theme this year was “Integrated Industry” in transforming manufacturing through automation, process management, robotics, smart grids and other cutting-edge industrial technologies.

Konica Minolta presented its Digital Manufacturing workflow innovation concept. Digital Manufacturing is a way to combine our proprietary technology and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) to analyze, accumulate and share a variety of data in the manufacturing process. By utilizing data from various perspectives on everything from current conditions to management indices, this new system achieves optimally efficient management.

At the booth, demos showed how production sites could transform through automation and ICT. Visitors experienced how accumulating and analyzing data on each manufacturing process, improving process efficiency, and preventing mistakes can lead to more effective workflow planning.

At the press conference, Shingo Asai, Senior Executive Officer of Konica Minolta, Inc., stated that the company has developed and implemented many solutions and optimizations in its own manufacturing facilities, and that these new processes are not reliant on variables such as people, locations or countries thanks to integration with ICT based on IoT (Internet of Things). He also said Konica Minolta hopes to find alliance partners at the fair in developing diverse solutions for workflow innovation.

02Technologies behind
Digital Manufacturing

Factories face many challenges: increasingly complex assembly processes responding to diversifying consumer needs; human error and inconsistency in inspection processes; and losses resulting from lack of cooperation between production sites and management.

With Digital Manufacturing, visual inspections and other human work can be automated, and movement of both people and objects can be digitized. This real-time data acquired from each stage of the manufacturing process can be utilized for fast and comprehensive management decision-making and help development of more efficient manufacturing processes that are relatively unaffected by individuals or environments.

Remote guide for assembly process Wearable Communicator (WCc)

WCc is a wearable display for on-site workers at production sites.
It guides workers through the timely display of information in picking and the assembly process, improving work accuracy and efficiency.

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for details on WCc

Monitor movements of people and objects 3-D LiDAR

3-D LiDAR is a high-accuracy, super-wide angle 3-dimensional sensor that monitors and analyzes movement of people and objects at the production site. Optimal equipment layout is derived from analysis of accumulated data, improving production efficiency and the safety of workers.

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on 3-D LiDAR

Improved speed and accuracy of inspection Visual Inspection

The Radiant Vision System’s ProMetric® Y-series imaging photometer incorporates fast and precise sensors used in inspection processes. With the combination of hardware and software, defects on a product surface can be detected with higher precision than human visual inspection. Standardizing inspection precision automates identification of defective products.

Visualization of production site status and tasks Manufacturing Cockpit

Manufacturing Cockpit is a system to analyze obtained data of each process in real time and visualize production status and profit/loss indices, among others. This will support fast decision-making and efficient management by connecting and sharing data from the production site to the management team.

In addition to the manufacturing solutions presented here, this framework will make it possible to customize and optimize all other facets for each production site by gathering data from enterprise systems and improving logistical processes.
Konica Minolta will continue to advance its Digital Manufacturing based on the company’s in-house practices and turn it into service solutions that will pioneer the future of manufacturing.



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