Mitsubishi Electric and Visual Components Form JV for 3D Simulators
The new company, named ME Industrial Simulation Software Corporation, will develop and sell 3D simulators for manufacturing applications.
Through the new company, Mitsubishi Electric plans to enhance its digital twin platform for circular digital-engineering business solutions. Visual Components' software is compatible with Mitsubishi Electric's factory-automation (FA) products thanks to standard functions for connecting with PLCs and robots as well as interfaces for expanding the functionality of 3D simulators. By combining Mitsubishi Electric's advanced control technology and manufacturing expertise with Visual Components' technology, the JV is expected to further strengthen the functionality and services of Mitsubishi Electric's "MELSOFT Gemini"* 3D simulator, which customers use to overcome labor shortages, improve productivity and upgrade the quality of their manufacturing.
The JV's development base in Finland will enable it to fully leverage Visual Components' development expertise in order to verify device control using 3D simulators, upgrade design efficiencies through control-logic generation, and improve productivity through the utilization of extensive manufacturing data. Furthermore, the customized-solution capabilities of Visual Components' sales engineers will enable Mitsubishi Electric's FA Systems business to better meet the diverse manufacturing needs of customers, particularly in Japan and other Asian markets where Mitsubishi Electric's presence is particularly strong.
"For companies aiming to optimize the entire product lifecycle, 3D simulation is essential," said Mikko Urho, CEO of Visual Components. "This joint venture allows us to maximize synergy by combining Visual Components' excellent 3D simulation software with Mitsubishi Electric's manufacturing expertise. Through this synergy, we will accelerate the realization of digital manufacturing and contribute to enhancing our customers' competitiveness."
"Our FA Systems business is focused on overcoming diverse manufacturing challenges in today's business environment. Our FA products support the aggregation and analysis of data from devices and equipment in manufacturing sites to enhance solutions for the engineering chains of customers," said Toshie Takeuchi, Group President of Factory Automation Systems Group at Mitsubishi Electric. "Our joint venture with Visual Components will combine the strengths of our two companies to support wide-ranging manufacturing sites."
Today's manufacturers face challenges including labor shortages in certain markets as well as needs for improved productivity and quality. Mitsubishi Electric's FA Systems business has been strengthening its software lineup and support for the full realization of digital manufacturing. The MELSOFT Gemini 3D simulator released last year provides a digital twin platform that uses 3D technology to create virtual production lines and facilities in digital spaces, allowing customers to reduce design, equipment and line setup workloads as well as lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) in their engineering chains.