Nidec Corporation
 Tokyo Stock Exchange code: 6594
 Shiro Ikushima
 General Manager
 Public Relations


Released on August 31, 2016, in Kyoto, Japan

NIDEC TOSOK Develops the First Production-Line-Integrated 3D Scanner
Visual Inspection Equipment for Engine Connecting Rods

Nidec Corporation today announces that one of its subsidiaries, NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION, has succeeded in developing the first production-line-integrated 3D scanner visual inspection equipment for engine connecting rods. Please see the attached press release from NIDEC TOSOK CORPORATION for further details.

Company name
 Yoshimoto Hiroyuki (CEO)
Press contact
 2nd Sales Dept  Measuring Eqpt Grp



Notice:the First Production-Line-Integrated 3D Scanner
Visual Inspection Equipment for Engine Connecting Rods

NIDEC TOSOK has developed the first production-line-integrated visual inspection 3D scanner using laser-line light and a cross-section method to measure the outer shape of forged connecting-rod workblanks in automobile engines. The system has been supplied to an automobile manufacturer in Japan.
This new product sets us apart from our competitors by abandoning the traditional approach of manual visual inspection in favor of full automation and due to its extensive use of algorithms.
This system, based on the technology of NIDEC TOSOK’s existing box type 3D scanners (RVL series), is aimed at continuous detection of 3D outer shape in production lines and is capable of replacing manual visual inspection with full automation and keep records of product quality. Furthermore, in addition to direct comparison with a master workpiece, NIDEC TOSOK has developed a new algorithm which makes comparison between scanned data and CAD models possible as well. This new technology eliminates the risk of imperfections introduced by master workpieces with shape deviations due to casting defects.
Recently, manual visual inspection has become common as the standards for automobile functional parts have become more rigorous. This system saves manpower and makes data traceability possible by saving and managing digital records. Moreover, the system is not only suitable for forged automobile workblanks, but also for casting, powder metallurgy, and resin-injection.


 ・Defect varieties
 :scratching, pits, water mark, burrs, shrinkage cavities,
   slag inclusion, deformation
 ・Min defect  :0.2 mm
 ・Inspection time  :10s/pc
 ・Size        :1700mm (L) × 2500mm (W) × 1970mm (H)
 ・Weight  :2.5t
   The above-mentioned parameters are adjustable according to the workpiece.



 For inquiries, please contact: Isami Yamaguchi
 (GM, Corporate Planning Department)
 Tel: +81-75-958-3606


Released on December 01, 2015, in Nagaokakyo-shi, Japan

Nidec-Shimpo Develops “Smart AGV” Series Automatic Guided Vehicles

Nidec-Shimpo Corporation (the “Company”) today announced that it has developed “Smart AGV” series automatic guided vehicles.

The Company has been offering its AGV (Automated Guided Vehicle) drive units, equipped with one of its major products, the planetary “ABLE” speed reducer, since 2007. The products are also on sale as the reputed “AGV package,” which, with a controller, a dedicated magnetic sensor, and other devices, can be converted into a system easily.

The “Smart AGV” series, which was developed as next-generation automatic guided vehicles equipped with the Nidec Group’s advanced technologies such as the “ultra-low floor,” “guideless maneuvering,” and “wireless operation,” are planned to be launched in spring 2016.

The Company will continue the sales of its existing AGV drive units and AGV package.

Overview of the Smart AGV series automatic guided vehicles:
Maximum loading weight: 100kg
Loading area: Size A2 (420 x 594mm)
Maximum speed: 60m/min.
Longest continuous operation time: 8 hours (1 hour for battery recharging) (with the use of a lithium-ion battery and a plug-in battery recharging system)*
Dimensions: 630mm (w) x 790mm (l) x 200mm (h)
Weight: 65kg
Specifications: 200W servo motor + 1/15 built-in planetary reducer (one unit for each side)
                          φ120mm urethane rubber tires
                          Equipped with a uniquely developed suspension mechanism
                          Equipped with a laser range sensor
Stopping accuracy: ±30mm
                          *Results may vary depending on peripheral environments.
Control method: Tablet-based wireless operations using a monitor (to see operating status and problems)
Safety equipment: Infrared sensor (detection distance: 1m) and bumper sensor
* The sensors are planned to be made available for automatic and non-contact battery recharging vehicles.

Features of the Smart AGV series automatic guided vehicles:
(i) Low-floor structure that expands the vehicles’ applications (200mm above the floor)
(ii) Stable movement on any floor surface based on a uniquely developed suspension
(iii) Equipped with a high-capacity lithium ion battery that enables continuous long-hour
operation (up to 8 hours)
(iv) Laser sensor-based guideless movement
(v) Easily maintainable vehicle structure

The above Smart SGV vehicles will be exhibited at the upcoming CES 2016, which will be held from January 06 to 09, 2016 in Las Vegas in the US, and a demonstration will be held to show their running performance.

Moving forward, the Company will further improve its product lineup by including large-scale models and other products.