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Seiko Epson increases production capacity and assembly line productivity with the Virtual Product Simulator

"In the long term, we want to make FJVPS the ‘Master’ of 3D manufacturing, by combining FJVPS with product data management."

Keiji Yamaoka Section Manager, Equipment Information, Seiko Epson Corp

Epson wanted to improve assembly line productivity to reduce costs and improve efficiency. It introduced FJVPS, which uses 3D-CAD data to review designs

The customer

Seiko Epson Corporation, commonly known as Epson, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of computer printers, and information and imaging related equipment. It is one of three core companies of the Seiko Group, a name traditionally known for manufacturing Seiko timepieces. Since its inception, Epson has passed down and expanded on its traditional strengths, refining its super-micro processing and precision processing technologies in the development of its watches and then expanding those technologies into other fields.

The challenge

Seiko Epson wanted the ability to study assembly line productivity before it engaged in the detailed design process in order to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

The solution

Seiko Epson introduced a technology platform, FJVPS, which uses 3D-CAD data to inspect and review designs, improve productivity and prioritize the duties of production preparation.

The benefit

  • Mass-production line efficiency has improved by up to 20 percent, compared with conventional manual design
  • Production capacity has increased through reducing assembly time by up to five minutes
  • Shortens the period for manufacturing start-up by approximately three months for faster time to market
  • The number of overseas engineers required has fallen, ensuring Japan has the necessary skills

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Read the full Seiko Epson case study (737 KB/A4, 2 pages)