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August 3, 2020
TOKYO-August 3, 2020-Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, TSE1: 3774), one of Japan's leading Internet access and comprehensive network solutions providers, today announced that it has built an Internet of Things (IoT) system for a new production line at Toyota Motor Hokkaido Inc. (hereafter, TMH; HQ: Tomakomai, Hokkaido; President: Yasuo Hojo) that produces the drive units installed in the new Yaris car model. With this IoT system, IIJ provides a one-stop solution for everything from data collection via a closed mobile network from PLC(*1), CNC(*2), and other control devices on the production line to the creation of a cloud platform for visualizing and analyzing those collected data. Building out this IoT system to all processing and assembly production lines is a cutting-edge initiative for TMH.
TMH develops the technology for various automotive drive units, such as automatic transaxles, continuously variable transaxles (CVTs), and hybrid transaxles, and it manufactures and supplies these both within Japan and abroad. The company installed an IoT system on its production line for processing and assembling hybrid transaxles, a key component in improving the fuel performance of hybrid vehicles. The system began operations in December 2019, helping to triple production volume.
The installation of a new line has often entailed the following kinds of demands for quality and productivity management improvements, leading to the introduction of IoT systems to better visualize and analyze the status of plant equipment.
For new production lines, IIJ has built a comprehensive IoT platform that handles data collection and analysis from network edge nodes, compiling data on equipment operating state and power usage. Moving forward, to make it possible to optimize features such as preventive detection through forecasting, it will work to make production lines even smarter-for example, by comparing the results of sampling inspections of production components and the operating status of production lines in order to identify the cause of any signs of problems in an early stage, and by forecasting machine tool usable life and the appropriate time to replace machine tool parts.
The current IoT system roll-out targets roughly 370 machines on the new production line, generating approximately 30,000 data points. It is planned to steadily expand the number of targeted machines and the types of data gathered.
IIJ plans to engage in the following efforts:
IIJ will keep going to push forward the customers' smart manufacturing with its services and solutions related to IoT.
We are delighted to partner with Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) in providing a closed-network IoT system at Toyota Motor Hokkaido's factory. In collaboration with the people directly involved in parts delivery, we ran a project that introduced WebAccess, a centralized collection of PLC and CNC device data. We adopted APAX, an industrial computer that saves control panel space.
To help our clients promote the IoT, we intend to continue supporting the installation of ECUs, high-performance industrial gateway devices, and LoRa wireless vibration sensors.
General Manager, Industrial IoT Business Division
Advantech Co., Ltd.
Nippon Rad warmly congratulates Internet Initiative Japan (IIJ) for initiating an IoT system on the new production line at Toyota Motor Hokkaido. We are delighted to have been able to contribute-together with IIJ and our partner Advantech-to the construction of a closed mobile IoT network platform, a technology that is increasingly garnering more attention. We were able to fully demonstrate the expertise we have gained in building frameworks and aiding installations.
We intend to continue collaborating with IIJ and acting as a wide-ranging solutions integrator for smart factories.
Representative Director, President
Nippon Rad Inc.
Founded in 1992, IIJ is one of Japan's leading Internet-access and comprehensive network solutions providers. IIJ and its group companies provide total network solutions that mainly cater to high-end corporate customers. IIJ's services include high-quality Internet connectivity services, systems integration, cloud computing services, security services and mobile services. Moreover, IIJ has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan that is connected to the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. IIJ was listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2006.
The statements within this release contain forward-looking statements about our future plans that involve risk and uncertainty. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results.
IIJ Corporate Communications
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