Daifuku Report 2019

Co-Creating New ValueOur Competitive StrengthWith an array of solutions through its framework spanning consulting to after-sales service, Daifuku boasts a wealth of manufacturing and system integration experience, quickly responding to needs that include designing systems with complex requirements and making on-site adjustments when problems occur. We will continue our efforts aimed at maintaining our position as a Value Innovator that provides customers with the best solutions.ConsultingPlanning and EngineeringDesign and ProductionPre-ship testing to eliminate wasteRapid product development using 3D technologiesThe Sym3 3D software enables us to perform virtual tests to determine whether control software is functioning throughout an entire system, which in turn allows for the highest possible degree of finish for the overall system before it is shipped. At a site, we used to prepare 1,000 cases to send down a sorting conveyor for a test, but as it took only a few minutes to complete the test, the volume of data available for analyzing was limited. With Sym3, we now run an unlimited number of tests, which helps cut down on the workloads involved in processes from installation to operation at worksites.To achieve the best production, we have factories in Japan, North America, Asia, Oceania, and Europe. Each of these regions practices sound quality management, allowing us to reliably supply our products. Since each of our businesses is managed on a global level, we are able to distribute production volume efficiently among each region, even in high-load situations. If capacity utilization rate and manufacturing proficiency rise at each factory, so too will profitability.In addition to control functions and software for the equipment itself, we design products with an eye to achieving overall system balance, which includes construction and electrical considerations. To ensure they will not fail, we develop and design systems by taking into account all possible problems that could occur.In deploying logistics systems and equipment, it is important to strike a balance among functions, capacities, and costs from receiving through storage, transport, sorting, and shipping. We also draft plans that take into account expandability and flexibility after the systems go into operation.  To satisfy our customers’ needs, we calculate the equipment volume and operational capacities they will need, determine optimal layouts, calculate costs, and ensure we see increased orders.3D development and design using virtual technologies allows us to eliminate the need for using actual equipment in testing and redesign processes. In conventional cases, when testing the strengths of equipment and components for each system, we used to calculate manually for all items, even down to bolts. Instead, with virtual testing, we are now able to faithfully reproduce the complex stresses on equipment under conditions that involve different materials. This allows for more reliable product development in shorter time frames.22

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