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EBARA Deploys RTLS at Futtsu Plant with Acceliot-powered RFID System

Ebara Corporation manufactures and sells industrial machinery. It operates through Fluid Machinery & Systems, Environmental Plants, and Precision Machinery segments. The company offers pumps, fans, blowers, chillers, and heating and cooling equipment, compressors, steam turbines, steam turbine generator sets, cryogenic pumps, expanders, dry vacuum pumps, chemical mechanical polishing systems, gas abatement systems, precision machinery network, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, plating systems, and ozonized water generators.

It also engages in the design, construction, maintenance, and operation management of environmental plants, such as municipal solid waste incineration power plants, waste treatment facilities and equipment, waste recycling facilities, and biomass power generation facilities. Ebara Corporation was founded in 1912 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

We contribute to society through high-quality technologies and services relating to water, air and the environment.

Business Unit Profile:

EBARA’s The Building Service & Industrial Company provides a range of products and technologies to support stable supplies of water, air and heat.

They manufacture a wide range of pumps, blowers, chillers, and cooling towers to meet diverse needs, such as water supply and drainage to support daily life, transportation of various fluids used in factories, and cooling during production processes. The company also promotes the development of energy-saving equipment and contributes to the reduction of life cycle costs and CO2 emissions.

Main products:

  • Pumps
  • Fans
  • Chillers
  • Cooling towers

Target markets:

  • Housing
  • Office buildings
  • Sports stadiums
  • Commercial facilities, hotels
  • General industrial facilities

The Challenge

Since EBARA’s founding in 1912, the company has provided products and services that are essential for day-to-day living and for industries around the world, contributing to the resolution of social issues, and the preservation and improvement of the global environment.

Looking ahead to the next 100 years, EBARA strives to be a manufacturer of industrial machinery that grows and develops its business on a global scale.

The Solution

The STAR RFID solution deployed at the Futtsu plant covers an area of approximately 24,000 square meters. The system uses electromagnetic waves received with a total of 262 antennas installed on pillars inside the facility and detects RFID tags which are electrically excited by the waves, to track the location.

The location data from tags labeled on components enables real-time asset visibility for inventory and location management. The solution is capable of wide-area spatial coverage on the custom pump production line at the Futtsu plant.

Based on their extensive experience and knowledge, IBM Japan provided support to install the STAR System from consulting through the operation of the system.

As part of the company’s “E-Vision 2030” program, EBARA is allocating resources to optimize to manufacturing, technology, and information processes as part of their Material Issues (Materiality) philosophy. EBARA intends to promote transformations in production processes utilizing IoT to pursue for greater product quality and higher efficiency in business operations.

The Result

With the Acceliot STAR system, EBARA expects to improve real-time location management and visibility of components inside the plant, reduce manpower, improve component search efficiency and increase productivity.

The data obtained from the STAR system will be analyzed and utilized with a view to deploying the system at other EBARA plants to reduce lead times and enhance manufacturing processes.