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Toyota, Hitachi join forces for IoT manufacturing revolution

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Hitachi’s IoT platform utilises digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analysis.

Toyota and Hitachi are to collaborate on the creation of a high-efficiency production model using an IoT platform, starting in October.

In partnership, Toyota and Hitachi aim to improve the productivity and quality of processes at manufacturing sites using Hitachi’s Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Lumada.

Toyota, Hitachi join forces for IoT manufacturing revolution
The partnership aims to bring better efficiency to manufacturing processes

Hitachi’s IoT platform utilises digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analysis, which will help the pair resolve many issues at manufacturing sites by allowing the PDCA cycle to be accelerated.

Both companies will carry out verification at Toyota’s model plants next month and through that a plant IoT platform will be established in each of the model plants for vehicles and units.

The platform consists of a data acquisition and integration layer predominately, but also includes a data accumulation and data utilisation layer. Facilities, devices and systems across manufacturing sites will be connected to the platform so data can be consumed and analysed.

By connecting all these elements together allows the two companies to use IoT across different manufacturing processes for improvements resulting in an accelerated PDCA cycle.

In a statement from Toyota, the company said: “Toyota and Hitachi intend to make further use of the data, new technologies and know-how that will be obtained in this verification and strive to cultivate human resources in the IoT field, creating new value to offer business solutions for manufacturing sites and business operations.”

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