Factory Tour to INA Facility, Nidec Sankyo
Kazuo Yamafuji* and Takashi Kawamura**
*The University of Electro-Communications
1. Introduction of Nidec Sankyo and INA Facility Sankyo was established by three engineers in 1946 immediately after the Second World War as in the cases of Sony and Honda which were founded as venture enterprise and have developed to world leading companies. To begin with orgel, the company has produced high tech products such as machine tool, magnetic application machinery, optical instrument, card reader, and robot, appreciated by users. In 2003 the company became a member of Nidec group. The recent world market share of the company’s product accounts for 80% in card reader for financial terminal, 70% in large LCD panel handling robot, 70% in COMBO type light pickup, and 40% in stepping motor for video camera. The company has sales of 112.6 billion yen and about 1,300 employees in 2007. The production and R&D facilities of Sankyo in Japan are located in Shimosuwa, Ina and Komagane. INA Facility we toured this time produces mainly industrial robot with the sales of 21 billion yen. The employees number about 180, 80 of them are engaged in design and development of machinery and electricity, 50 in manufacturing, and the rest, 50 in support business like purchase, production control and quality control.