The full-scale material handling and logistics demo center Hini Arata Kan features the range of advanced technology that Daifuku, a leading material handling company, has developed over 80 years of operation.
Hini Arata Kan visitors will benefit from experiencing Daifuku’s latest, in-house developed and manufactured, cutting-edge systems, along with products capable of integrating with Daifuku systems from over 30 other logistics vendors. Tours are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean.
In addition, the facility is wheelchair accessible, part of our effort towards the realization of a universal design.
The name of Hini Arata Kan comes from Daifuku‘s corporate motto, “Hini Arata,” and was given by an in-house application.
|Building area||6,049 sq. m (65,110 sq. ft)|
|Building height||25.1m (82 ft)|
|Floor space||19,482 sq. m (209,702 sq. ft)|
|Parking space||Parking available for busses (up to 3) and cars (up to 27)|
|Operation hours||9:00~16:30 (Tour hours* / 9:50~15:15)
|Closed||Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays|
|Facility||Event Hall (Up to 100 people)
Meeting Room (Up to 14, 8, 6 people)
Restaurant (Reservations required)
International Conference Hall (Up to 37 people)
|Operating Department||Hini Arata Kan (Daifuku Co., Ltd.)|
|Representative||Yasuhiro Kato, Center Director|
|Address||1225 Nakazaiji, Hino-cho, Gamo-gun
Shiga 529-1692 JAPAN
History of Hini Arata Kan
|June 1, 1994||Hini Arata Kan established
Exhibits automotive production line systems, storage and transport systems, and picking and sorting systems
|1999||Visitors to Hini Arata Kan exceed 100,000|
|Opens the Comprehensive Exhibition Hall|
|2005||Visitors to Hini Arata Kan exceed 200,000|
|2006||Exhibits electronic devices produced by Contec|
|2007||Exhibits storage and transport systems for cleanrooms|
|Exhibits a car wash machine|
|2008||Opens the Global Corner|
|2010||Installs a photovoltaic system to reduce 110 tons of CO2 annually|
Visitors to Hini Arata Kan exceed 300,000
|2014||Implements a carbon offset program toward achieving zero CO2 emissions|
|2015||Introduces a shuttle bus using recycled fuel|
|2016||Visitors to Hini Arata Kan exceed 400,000|
Sets a new Guinness World Record—longest chain of origami sculptures—to commemorate Daifuku's 80th anniversary
|Opens the 3D movie corner—VR LAB|
|2018||Exhibits airport-related systems|
|2022||Visitors to Hini Arata Kan exceed 500,000|
|June 1, 2022||
Opening of the renewed Hini Arata Kan
Daifuku installed solar panels on the roof of Hini Arata Kan. The system generated approximately 270,000 kWh of power, which reduced CO2 emissions by 110 tons.
Since 2014, Hini Arata Kan has offset 100% of the yearly CO2 emissions generated from electricy and LPG use at the center and shuttle busses (including the use of biodiesel fuel).
Hini Arata Kan installed two charging stands for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles*. The stands utilize fast chargers with a rated output of 50kW. Visitors can charge their vehicles during the tour.
- *CHAdeMO standard only