Daikin Industries opens R&D base for inter-industrial exchanges


According to The Gas Review, quite a lot of attempts have been made to take advantage of Aritificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) in the process of manufacturing to automate production lines or succeed craftsmanship.

In November 2015, Daikin Industries, air conditioner and refrigerant manufacturer, opened Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) as an R&D base aiming for innovation by its positive introduction of not only the booming AI and IoT, but also the technologies and expertise of different industries and fields.

Jun Kobayashi of TIC’s information dispatching team explained the significance of establishing the base saying, “It is necessary for us to take in the technologies of different industries or fields extensively from outside the company to accelerate innovation, so that we may upgrade our products and technologies necessary for the next generation instead of just developing products based on those existing now. TIC should be in a position to undertake realisation of such collaborative innovation.”

Taking a practical example of necessary equipment for the next generation, there is a new concept of creating such an air-conditioner that autonomously makes out and adjusts an environment most suited for people instead of the conventional type of air-conditioner in which human beings control temperature or humidity. This means that Daikin deems it indispensable to collaborate with the industries, universities and research institutes which are well familiar with data transmission or software like AI or IoT to proceed with such developments.

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