We wanted to eliminate variations in data and human error that inevitably occur when product inspections are performed by people. So we undertook the task of developing an automatic inspection system that is performed by computer.
Unexpected good results
After implementing the automatic inspection system, great effects were derived including quality improvements, time reduction, and unmanned operation.
Why we insist on automation
Automating inspection allows us to collect a lot more data than through manual inspection. We upgrade and perform uniform management of the database to effectively utilize this information. Uniform management of data has various merits.
Creation of an inspection report
Reuse of measuring results and use in analysis
Information sharing at all company facilities
Quality assurance utilizing statistical quality control
There are still many things in the world that haven’t been automated. We will take on the challenge of automation by trying out new technologies in areas that were thought to be difficult until now. With a view to improving quality which is our original goal, we will continue evolving while gaining diverse added value.
In the past, people conducted manual product inspections utilizing a measuring device. As it was necessary to perform the inspection while confirming the measurement data in detail, a dedicated supervisor was assigned because, once an inspection began, it was not possible to leave the spot until the end. The idea behind the automatic inspection system is to “have a computer perform the work that a person would do.” It is an unmanned system that uses a computer to automatically perform setup, measurement, adjustment, and recording while communicating with a measuring device and the product under inspection.
Automation that we have realized thus far
Equipment automatic control via computer and PLC
Data automatic acquisition via computer and PLC
Design and development of inspection circuit
Document output of inspection results
Statistical data analysis
Inspecting specialized control equipment (products), as opposed to mass-produced products, is very difficult even for seasoned inspectors. We have taken on the challenge of automating inspections with a goal to eliminate variations in worker skill and eliminate human error. This has resulted in increased quality and significant cost reductions. I feel that our mission is to transmit our abundant experience, technology and know-how that we have cultivated over time to the next generation, and to create new technologies.
Head of Quality Assurance Office
Representative of the Japanese Society for Quality Control
Quality Control Instructor (Statistical Quality Control) for the Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers
In recent years, we have been receiving numerous inquiries regarding automated inspection.
Please consult us if you are interested in quality improvement and manpower saving.
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