Control Engineering Special Outlook
Feature Jan/Feb 2010 issue
JANUARY 1, 2010 (ASIA
PACIFIC) - Mr. Koji Kagiyama, Managing Director of Omron Asia
Pacific, talks to Control Engineering about the changes and
prospects in industrial automation area.
What have been some of the major automation technology issues
and market changes reflecting on the last 10 years.
We have witness in the past ten years intense competition that
requires extensive corporate transformation in order to compete
effectively. Automation technology, once predominantly geared to
increase productivity and reduce manufacturing costs has evolved
to emphasise changing trends. The focus is to increase quality
in the manufacturing process and to increase human safety.
Besides the focus on quality and safety, automation technology
is now providing more flexibility and agility to manufacturers
who have to swiftly respond to the changing trends and consumer
demands in the market.
How Omron has responded, developed and changed (2000 to 2009)?
At Omron, our focus has always been on the art of making things
(Monozukuri in Japanese), and our determination to support
safety and ensure the manufacturing of high-quality products. We
used our expertise in Sensing & Control technologies and
Monozukuri to meet the needs of many of the world’s top
Broad thoughts on the next 10 years from both an industry and
Omron has so far contributed to society with a steady stream of
innovative products to meet emerging needs of the society. Some
of the key areas that we are looking into are sustainable
manufacturing, environmental friendly products and clean energy.
We are also constantly refining our manufacturing processes to
lead industry by providing environmentally safe products to the
By: Mr. Koji Kagiyama,
Omron Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.