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Intel and Mitsubishi collaborate on next-generation FA systems

By John Law - on 2 Oct 2014, 11:07am

Intel and Mitsubishi collaborate on next-generation FA systems

Intel will be helping Mitsubishi to upgrade its FA (factory automation) systems with end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solutions.

Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi Electric recent announced its collaboration with Intel to develop next-generation FA (factory automation) systems via Intel's end-to-end Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity and big data analytics, as well as conduct a pilot program at Intel's backend manufacturing facility in Malaysia.

The goal of the pilot is to demonstrate the benefit of Intel's IoT in a factory setting, with a focus on delivering productivity enhancement through innovative functions, such as predictive failure.

“The data mining and analytics pilots done in Malaysia have demonstrated great value and benefits for Intel manufacturing using Intel-based IoT products and technology,” Robin Martin, Vice President and General manager of Intel's Assembly and Test Group said. “Through this collaboration and pilot with Mitsubishi Electric, we will bring the the know-how, assets and technology of both companies to develop next-generation factory automation system with predictive analytic capabilities.”

So far, an initial collaboration between the two giant has shown that the solution has improved equipment component uptime, increased yield and productivity by minimizing mis-classification of of good units as bad, enabled predictive maintenance and reduced component failures.

“The collaboration between Mitsubishi Electric and Intel on this IoT project has enabled field data from semi-conductor manufacturing lines to be collected and analyzed to improve operational performance, yet also contribute energy savings for a more sustainable society,” said Masayuki Yamamoto, group Senior Vice President, Factory Automation Systems, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation. “We believe that other manufacturers can benefit from this join Intel-Mitsubishi Electric solution, which combines big data analysis, optimized data capture and processing to deliver improved performance and optimized maintenance.”

The company will be holding a live demonstration of their collaboration at Intel's booth at the IoT Japan 2014 tradeshow, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight in Japan, on October 15, 2014 until October 17, 2014.

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