Mitsubishi Electric and Hacarus to expand AI business

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Hacarus Corporation have announced that they have agreed to expand their collaboration in the development of AI-based visual-inspection applications for manufacturing. As part of the agreement, Mitsubishi Electric will take an equity stake in Hacarus.

The strategic partnership will leverage the resources and technologies of both companies to increase synergies aimed at maximising mutual technological and business potential. By leveraging Hacarus’ expertise, Mitsubishi Electric expects to accelerate its development and provision of integrated and automated AI-based visual-inspection solutions that will enable customers to improve manufacturing quality and overall productivity. For Hacarus, the collaboration will provide access to Mitsubishi Electric’s extensive sales infrastructure in Japan and overseas.

Hacarus Check is a visual-inspection solution equipped with a unique, compact AI. In addition to AI development, Hacarus also specialises in integrating AI with various factory automation (FA) devices. In December 2023, Mitsubishi Electric released MELSOFT VIXIO, an AI-based visual-inspection software equipped with the company’s proprietary Maisart AI technology to automate visual-inspection processes for improved manufacturing quality and to address the problem of Japan’s shrinking labor force.

“As part of our strategy for the FA systems business, we are addressing key challenges facing modern society,” said Toshie Takeuchi, group president of Mitsubishi Electric’s factory automation systems group. “The automation of production lines is accelerating due to labor shortages, but many visual inspections are still performed manually by humans. Through this collaboration, we look forward to strengthening our response to customer needs through MELSOFT VIXIO, supported by Hacarus’ expertise in AI-based visual inspection, to address labor shortages in the manufacturing sector.”

“Since Hacarus founding in 2014, our company has sought to “measure” in a variety of industrial areas and has made it its mission to contribute to society by creating additional value from data using the latest technologies such as AI, IoT and robots. For customers in the manufacturing industry, we offer Hacarus check, a product that reduces the manual labor required for visual inspection. Through this capital and business alliance, we will strive to develop solutions that promote digital transformation at manufacturing sites, focusing primarily on surface inspection, by combining Mitsubishis Electric’s FA products and knowledge with our AI technology to solve social issues such as the decline in the working population,” said Takashi Someda, CEO at Hacarus.

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