Press release

AIST, OKI, NS Solutions and Mitsubishi Electric to Form Consortium for Human-Centric Manufacturing Innovation

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The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
(AIST), Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd., NS Solutions Corporation and
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation announced today that they established
the Consortium for Human-Centric Manufacturing Innovation (HCMI
Consortium), a new AIST consortium purposed to develop and implement
manufacturing systems for new human-centric manufacturing, on April 10,

Participating organizations will be recruited going forward and Satoshi
Sekiguchi, Vice-President and Director General of AIST’s Department of
Information Technology and Human Factors, will chair the HCMI
Consortium’s board of directors. A general meeting to officially
establish the consortium will be held in June. A steering committee
comprising participating organizations will be formed to promote
activities, as described below.

Main Activities

  1)   Research and develop, verify and evaluate new systems for
human-centric manufacturing
2) Manage data from R&D, verifications and evaluations and promote its
use in manufacturing
3) Support introduction of related technologies and personnel in
society and for business development
4) Organize groups to research, study and review issues related to
human-centric manufacturing
5) Disseminate and share information to raise awareness

Manufacturers in
Japan are shifting from low-cost mass production centered on high-cost
machinery to multi-product variable-quantity production that delivers
products as needed. One of the keys to realizing this new system will be
the development of production personnel who can respond flexibly to
diverse tasks. As Japan’s workforce shrinks due to falling birthrates
and population aging, new measures are needed to utilize personnel in
diverse ways and secure necessary human resources at production sites.

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