Mitsubishi Electric Automation Showcases Trend Setting Initiatives at the 2009 ARC Manufacturing Forum


VERNON HILLS, Ill., February 2, 2009- Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., showcased at the 2009 ARC Manufacturing Forum some of the most innovative initiatives now being undertaken in the global automation industry, including detailing vital considerations in sustainable manufacturing, announcing new milestones in machine vision, launching an industry solutions center and welcoming as the head of that center an industry thought leader.

At a press conference on the first day of the forum, Mitsubishi Electric Automation spokesperson Sloan Zupan listed the major concerns of manufacturing and processing organizations, which include improvements in quality and workforce efficiency, raising operation rates and workforce safety, and reducing the carbon footprint of operations, especially in the area of energy. He then detailed how a wide range of Mitsubishi Electric initiatives, including the e-F@ctory architecture, innovatively addresses these concerns.

"Becoming a sustainable manufacturing and processing organization relies on triple bottom line thinking," Zupan said. "The triple bottom line entails sustainable improvements to the economics of the enterprise, a sustained reduction in environmental impacts, and meaningful contributions to society. We not only use this framework within our own operations, but we also help our customers achieve sustainable milestones, particularly in their economic bottom lines through implementing and operating lowest total-cost-of-ownership automation systems, and in their environmental bottom lines through energy savings."

During the news conference, Mitsubishi Electric Automation updated journalists on its groundbreaking work of integrating the Cognex In-Sight vision system into its iQ platform. The iQ platform, which incorporates all major control and communication systems onto a single backplane, improves operations and lowers total costs. The company welcomed Jerry Yen as the first director of its new solutions center. Mr. Yen, a former General Motors technical fellow and principal engineer, was one of the founders of the Open Modular Controls Architecture (OMAC) Users group. The solutions center will be responsible for integrating Mitsubishi Electric and partner products, combining products to create solutions for specific industries, and engineering and testing new product capabilities with existing installed assets.

The company launched its new top-of-the-line Human Machine Interface (HMI) platform - the GT16 series that features advanced multimedia capabilities. Lastly, the company described three new white papers it commissioned the ARC Advisory Group to research and write on the topics of trends and issues in machine vision, HMI, and quality.

To obtain a copy of the ARC Advisory Group white papers on vision, HMI, and quality, write to whitepaper@meau.com. To locate the nearest distributor or Mitsubishi Electric Automation technical sales person and learn more about the company's world-leading high-reliability and lowest total-cost-of ownership automation products and systems, visit the Contact Us page on the Mitsubishi Electric Automation website www.meau.com.

About Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc.

Mitsubishi Electric Automation, Inc., in Vernon Hills, IL, offers a comprehensive line of factory automation solutions. Products include automation platforms, programmable logic controllers, human machine interfaces (HMI), AC variable frequency drives, servo amplifiers and motors, motion controllers, control software, computerized numerical control systems (CNC), robots, and industrial sewing machines. For a broad range of factory automation applications, visit the Mitsubishi Electric Automation web site at www.meau.com.

About ARC

Founded in 1986, the ARC Advisory Group has grown to be the thought leader in manufacturing and supply chain solutions. For even the most complex business issues, ARC analysts have the expert industry knowledge and firsthand experience to help companies find the best answers. ARC focuses on simple yet critical goals: Improving return on assets, operational performance, total cost of ownership, project time-to-benefit, and shareholder value. www.arcweb.com.

Contact:
Lori A. Bacharz
Mitsubishi Electric Automation
847.478.2417
Lori.Bacharz@meau.com

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