DENSO facilities across North America recognized by Toyota for Quality Performance

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Toyota presented three DENSO facilities with Excellent Quality Performance Awards at its 2017 Supplier Business Meeting, recognizing each facility among the company’s top-performing suppliers. Several more facilities across North America received Certificates of Achievement for exceeding expectations across several key performance metrics. 

Toyota bestows quality performance awards upon top suppliers who achieve high levels of performance in Zero Mileage Quality, Mass Production Delivery Performance, Service Delivery Performance, and Warranty Performance. Eligible suppliers must meet all relevant targets in each area throughout the calendar year to be considered.

“DENSO strives to provide the highest quality products that deliver consistent and reliable performance,” said Ben Luppino, vice president of Toyota Sales Group at DENSO International America, Inc. “This recognition is a nod to the tireless effort of our employees across the continent to uphold the DENSO brand promise.”

DENSO facilities receiving 2017 Toyota Excellent Quality Performance Awards include:

  • DENSO Manufacturing Arkansas in Osceola, Arkansas (SPARC)
  • DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Maryville, Tennessee (Body Electronics Division)
  • DENSO Air Systems Mexico in Ciudad Frontera, Coahuila, Mexico

The following received Certificates of Achievement for quality performance:

  • ASMO Manufacturing Michigan in Battle Creek, Michigan
  • ASMO Manufacturing North Carolina in Statesville, North Carolina
  • ASMO Manufacturing Texas in Ennis, Texas
  • DENSO Air Systems Michigan in Battle Creek, Michigan
  • DENSO Logistics Texas in Laredo, Texas
  • DENSO Logistics California in Vista, California (DENSO Logistics and GNC)
  • DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Athens, Tennessee (F/I Division)
  • DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee in Maryville, Tennessee (S/A Division and E/P Division)
  • DENSO Manufacturing Canada in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • DENSO Mexico in Silao, Guanajuato, and Guadalupe City and Apodaca, Nuevo Léon, Mexico

About DENSO in North America

DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 17,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.6 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017. For more information, go to www.denso.com/us-ca/en. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

DENSO Worldwide

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.6 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/

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New DENSO RC8A Robot Controller

LONG BEACH, Calif.DENSO Robotics has announced a new RC8A robot controller that adds DENSO Safety Motion — which allows creation of virtual fences around the robot — to the list of advanced-performance features and functions already available with the previous RC8 model.

“As people and robots work more and more closely together, especially with the trend toward collaborative robots, new safety solutions are required,” said Peter Cavallo, robotics sales manager, DENSO Products & Services Americas, Inc. “Our Safety Motion function ensures that working environments stay safe for humans without compromising productivity.”

Safety Motion uses two optical sensors, one at the top and one at the bottom of the cell, to detect an approaching operator and control the speed of the robot accordingly. The sensors create virtual safe zones that trigger an incremental reduction in the speed of the robot to safe levels depending on the distance of the operator. When the operator reaches the closest zone, the robot reduces its motor torque and slows down sufficiently to allow the operator to safely interact with it, or stops entirely. As soon as the operator leaves, the robot automatically starts running at normal speed again, minimizing stoppage time.

With a footprint of only 12.5 x 14 inches and a height of only 3.69 inches, the RC8A continues the previous model’s standing as the world’s smallest industrial robot controller in the 3-kW output class. The compact size saves valuable factory floor space and facilitates integration.

DENSO’s ORiN open-resource interface networking system allows the RC8A to communicate with over 100 different types of devices. The controller’s wide range of communications interfaces includes 100 Base-T Ethernet, mini/hand I/O, RS-232C and USB as standard, with CC-Link, DeviceNet, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, parallel discrete I/O, Profibus and Profinet as optional.

A Microsoft Windows-based graphical user interface reduces robot setup time. ISO and UL safety compliance allows global deployment.

Optional accessories include a teaching pendant with a large, 7.5-inch color touchscreen, a mini pendant with a 128 x 64 pixel LCD display, up to two additional axes and conveyor tracking. DENSO’s Wincaps III 3-D simulation software allows offline programming and remote monitoring of robot operation.

For more information about the RC8A robot controller, visit http://densorobotics.com/products/rc8a.

DENSO is the world’s largest manufacturer — and user — of small assembly robots, employing over 18,000 of its robots in its own facilities. Over 77,000 additional DENSO robots are used by other companies worldwide.

For more information, visit www.densorobotics.com.

DENSO Corporation, headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics, information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions, and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.

In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates, including 28 manufacturing facilities. In the U.S. alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.

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Modular Mining Systems’ Collision Awareness System to Feature DENSO’s Industry Leading Connected Vehicle Technologies for Advanced Risk Mitigation in Mines

Tucson, Arizona – July 10, 2017: Modular Mining Systems, Inc., the global leader in real-time mine management solutions, today announced its fourth-generation Collision Awareness System (CAS) to feature key technologies from DENSO. The system combines DENSO’s industry-leading, standards-based vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) connected vehicle technologies with its own software and hardware, enabling the CAS to help increase situational awareness and mitigate collision risk in a mine.

Established in 1949, DENSO is recognized as one of the world’s largest Tier 1 suppliers of advanced automotive technology, systems and components. The Collision Awareness System leverages DENSO’s proven technologies to provide 360-degree situational awareness. Audible and visual alerts warn operators of potential collisions with other CAS-enabled equipment, while complex algorithms perform real-time risk assessment calculations to minimize nuisance alarms.

“Our relationship with DENSO underscores our commitment to bringing the best-of-breed solutions to our customers and takes collision awareness technology in the mining industry to new heights,” said Lucas van Latum, Director, Product Strategy at Modular. “Our approach to collision awareness is built upon 15 years’ worth of standards, technologies, and algorithms developed and tested for the automotive market, which we’ve tailored and extended to meet the needs of the mining industry,” he added.

As part of the collaboration, Modular is able to leverage DENSO’s many years of automotive safety and connected vehicle technology R&D, extensive automotive industry expertise, and rigorous governmental safety testing and qualifications. The system works in several standard license-free frequencies, as well as in the licensed 5.9GHz dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) frequency spectrum, which prioritizes safety over non-safety applications, and is designed to perform in extreme weather conditions including rain, fog, snow, and heat. Modular and its customers will also benefit from DENSO’s future product enhancements and innovations as safety technologies evolve.

“Combining Modular’s leading solutions with DENSO’s V2V technology, including dedicated short range communications (DSRC), will put the latest advances from global intelligent transportation systems into mines,” said Roger Berg, Vice President, North America Research and Development at DENSO. “The applications for V2V technology extend far beyond automotive, and we are confident our collaboration with Modular will improve the mining environment and contribute to safety in mines.”

Modular’s Collision Awareness System will be showcased at this year’s Mining Indonesia Expo from September 13-16 in Jakarta, Indonesia; at Exposibram 2017 from September 18-21 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and at Expomineria from October 25-28 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

About DENSO in North America

DENSO, headquartered in Kariya, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. In North America, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates. Of these, 25 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in California, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totalled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to http://www.densocorp-na.com.

About Modular Mining Systems, Inc.

Founded in 1979, Modular Mining Systems, Inc. is the market-leading provider of powerful information management solutions that meet the needs of both surface and underground mining operations worldwide. Modular is committed to delivering state-of-the-art mine management technologies in the areas of production, machine guidance, equipment health, and operator safety. Modular employs close to 700 employees in 10 globally-distributed offices, with systems deployed at 250 client sites, including 18 of the 20 largest mines in the world. For more information, visit http://www.modularmining.com/.

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