10 May 2021

Empowering Japanese car part manufacturers

When reviewing technological advancements, Japanese auto parts manufacturers remain the dominant force in their global industry. An industry that employs 5.5 million people, representing 8.7 % of the workforce, and represents 21 % of the total R&D spend of all Japan’s manufacturing sectors – at around US$18 billion. The secret sauce to their success: innovation.

The Japanese auto parts manufacturer is known to be vigilant on quality assurance, a trait continuously drawing interested parties from across the globe. This focus on quality, paired with large production volumes, has been the driver for a production mechanism that is highly sophisticated. State-of-the-art technology, image inspection and robotics are now well-known assets to these manufacturers, delivering to them the speed and accuracy that keep them ahead in the market – a development that is being accelerated by a shrinking Japanese workforce.

Recently, one of these technologies came from Mindhive’s Model V: its AI model focussing on Optimal Automated Quality Control. The model was custom-trained to perform quality control over the production line of car bearings, lifting the accuracy beyond that of even the most experienced ‘master grader’ – consistently and fast. Model V does this by using machine vision as its ‘eye’, and Artificial Intelligence as the trained brainpower. This means even the smallest defects are detected every time, while being able to disregard discrepancies such as a dirty fingerprint or stain. CEO Neil Martin explains: ‘This technology is a perfect match for Japanese auto parts manufacturers, as it allows them to access new levels of accuracy, the kind unachievable by humans. It will help them to further build that reputation of unsurpassed quality and achieve the growth that comes with absolute accuracy. AI is incredibly empowering like that.’

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