Canon to let robots build you camera. Canon has announced it will take all the humans off the production line for cameras, and replace them with robots. This switch could happen as early as 2015. Fear not though, the production line employees will move to other areas in the company and not be laid off.
No mention of lens manufacturing, I’m sure that sort of things does need human interaction.
No word on when Canon will replace the photographer with robots.
TAIPEI, June 7 Asia Pulse – Japan’s Canon Inc. (CAJ) , the world’s biggest camera maker, began construction Sunday of a new plant in central Taiwan to meet higher demand for the company’s products.
Market analysts believe that the combined investment in the new plant, along with another slated to begin construction in August, will exceed NT$30 billion (US$1.05 billion), according to local media reports.
Canon will invest NT$11 billion in its new factory in the Taichung Export Processing Zone, with construction slated to be completed by the end of next May.
The Taichung plant will begin production in the second half of next year, employing 3,000 workers.
Rising demand for digital single-lens-reflex cameras in recent years prompted the company to decide last year to expand its production in Taiwan, the reports said.
Since the establishment of its first Taiwanese branch in the zone 40 years ago, Canon has brought both capital and technology to the country, making central Taiwan a hub for the optics industry, said Canon Taiwan Chairman Kenji Yoshida at a ground-breaking ceremony for the new plant.
The other plant, scheduled to begin construction in August, will be located in the Chiayi Dapumei Intelligent Industrial Park in southern Taiwan.
Construction of that plant will be completed in July 2012 and once operational, it will require 3,000-4,000 employees, the reports said.
Recovery Status Report for Canon Inc. and Canon Group Following Great East Japan Earthquake
TOKYO, April 4, 2011—The Great East Japan Earthquake, which struck off the northeast coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu on March 11, caused massive damage and loss of life in the area. We at Canon extend our heartfelt condolences to all those affected by this disaster, along with their families and loved ones. We pray for the safety of everyone in affected areas and hope that the region will soon be able to begin the rebuilding and healing process.
As for the Canon Group, immediately following the earthquake, Canon Inc. established the Earthquake Disaster Recovery Task Force (Task Force Chief: Chairman & CEO Fujio Mitarai), launching recovery activities spanning development, production and sales operations through a collective effort across the Canon Group.
Although the Canon Group sustained damage to buildings and production equipment, a concerted Company-wide effort has already made possible the resumption of production activities at multiple Canon Inc. operation sites and Canon Group companies. In addition, through ongoing recovery measures being carried out in conjunction with related divisions, all Canon Inc. operation sites and Canon Group companies are expected to achieve a full recovery as of the end of April.
With regard to the multiple operation sites and Canon Group companies in Japan that sustained no direct damage due to the earthquake and its aftermath, the Company is left with no alternative but to continue adjusting some production activities due to rolling blackouts and procurement conditions for raw materials, parts and other supplies.
The status of major Canon Group operating sites as of Monday, April 4, is outlined below.
Operating Status of Operation Sites and Canon Group Companies
Canon Group Operation Sites
Optics R&D Center, Utsunomiya Office (Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture) Operations resumed on March 22 (Tue.) Currently fully operational
Utsunomiya Plant, Utsunomiya Office (Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture) Production to sequentially resume from mid April
Utsunomiya Optical Products Plant, Utsunomiya Office (Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture) Operations to resume in mid April, with production to sequentially resume from same time
Toride Plant (Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture) Operations resumed on March 18 (Fri.) Currently carrying out intermittent production
Ami Plant (Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture) Operations resumed on March 17 (Thur.) Currently fully operational
Canon Group Companies
Canon Precision Inc. (Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture) Operations resumed on March 23 (Wed.) Currently carrying out intermittent production
Canon Chemicals Inc.: Headquarters & Tsukuba Plant (Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture) / Iwama Plant (Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture) Operations resumed at headquarters and Tsukuba Plant on March 22 (Tue.) Currently fully operational
Operations resumed at Iwama Plant on March 28 (Mon.) Currently almost fully operational
Fukushima Canon Inc. (Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture) Operations resumed on March 22 (Tue.) Currently fully operational
Canon Mold Co., Ltd. (Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture) Operations resumed on March 22 (Tue.) Currently almost fully operational
Oita Canon Inc. (Kunisaki, Oita Prefecture) Operations resumed on April 1 (Fri.)
Currently carrying out intermittent production
Nagasaki Canon Inc. (Hasami-cho, Higashisonogi-gun, Nagasaki Prefecture) Operations resumed on March 30 (Wed.) Currently carrying out intermittent production
Canon Optron, Inc. (Yuki, Ibaraki Prefecture) Production to sequentially resume from early April
1) Depending on the procurement conditions for raw materials, parts and other supplies, production at Canon Inc. operation sites and Canon Group companies, including those mentioned above, may become intermittent.
2) In regions subject to scheduled rolling blackouts, ensuring stable operations may prove difficult due to electrical outages.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this news release is current as of the release date. Please be aware that information regarding circumstances from April 5 onward is subject to change.
Canon Survives the Earthquake Not that the ability to make cameras, lenses and printers matters all that much in the grand scheme of things. Canon did release statement saying they suffered no damages that would halt production.
Canon Inc., the world’s biggest camera maker, didn’t suffer damage to plants that would halt output, said Hirotomo Fujimori, a spokesman in Tokyo, where the company is based.
The quake was followed by a 7.1-magnitude aftershock at 4:25 p.m., the U.S. Geological Service said.
Boats smashed into walls as the tsunami struck, inundating buildings with black water full of debris across stretches of coast north of Tokyo, NHK images showed. One large building was lifted off its foundations and dragged into the ocean.
Farmland was flooded with burning debris in some areas as the tidal surge swept inland. Large boats were left stranded after the water surged back to sea.
The airport in Sendai, a city of 1 million people 310 kilometers north of Tokyo, was flooded by the tsunami, according to NHK footage.
Japan Airlines Corp. diverted 22 flights to other airports, the company said in a faxed statement. In total, 27 flights have been impacted by the quake, affecting 5,290 people, the statement said.