DENSO Develops New Safety Products for New 2018 Lexus LS

KARIYA (Japan) ― DENSO Corporation designs and develops the technology helping drivers safely navigate the roads. Today, the company announced two new products to be incorporated in the new 2018 Lexus LS, which will be released in Japan and U.S. after this fall. A new stereo vision sensor and millimeter-wave radar sensor will help improve safety performance of vehicles by more precisely detecting obstacles and lane lines on roads.

The stereo vision sensor uses 3D image processing techniques called “dense stereo matching” to detect obstacles of different shapes, including pedestrians, vehicles, and guardrails, as well as empty road spaces marked by lane lines. This enables autonomous emergency braking and automatic steering control to avoid obstacles. The product’s highly sophisticated cameras can also better detect pedestrians at night.

The new millimeter-wave radar sensor provides higher pedestrian detection performance in a more compact module. More frequent radio waves emission also detects obstacles with higher sensitivity, particularly pedestrians approaching from the sides. Furthermore, the product’s radar beam can be emitted over a wider angular range, without requiring a mechanism to adjust the angle, as with previous versions. This reduces its size by 60 percent compared to conventional radar sensors, thereby allowing for easier installation.

DENSO develops technologies and products that are core to helping create a society free from traffic accidents. Products like these will help deliver a safe and secure automotive society for all people around the world.

About DENSO Corporation

DENSO Corp., 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 and 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 (including Japan) 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 9.0 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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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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