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- Full Lineup to Include Models Featuring New R32 Refrigerant, for Enhanced Environmental Performance - Tokyo, Feb 12, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - Starting in early March Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will progressively launch three new series of air-conditioners for residential use, 17 models in all, into the Japanese market. The top-of-the-line SS Series will consist of 6 models featuring an outstanding annual performance factor (APF), showing annual energy consumption efficiency; the functionally advanced RS Series will include 5 models featuring automatic filter cleaning; and the standard TS Series will incorporate 6 models. No list prices are to be set by the manufacturer. All models in all three series will be equipped with MHI's powerful "JET" and "WARP" operating modes. JET delivers an especially large airflow, while WARP enables rapid cooling or heating... (more)

Utilizing a Self-steering Robotic Tractor in the Developmental Phases of Rice

- Feasibility Study on Using Quasi-Zenith Satellite System for Precision Farming in Australia - Tokyo, Jan 14, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd., and Yanmar Co., Ltd., have been commissioned to conduct a study on the effective use overseas of advanced positioning signals from Japan's Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), organized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan. The study seeks to verify that advanced positioning signals transmitted from the QZSS can be used in precision farming in Australia. Specifically, demonstrat... (more)

Fujitsu Launches PLEMIA EcoLink Green Procurement Solution for Small- and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Also supports medical devices, which are now subject to the Recast ROHS Directive as of July 2014 Tokyo, Dec 1, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Marketing Limited and Fujitsu Systems East Limited today announced the launch of FUJITSU Manufacturing Industry Solution PLEMIA EcoLink, a software package designed to support small- and medium-sized manufacturing companies in Japan streamline "green," or sustainable, procurement operations, and to appropriately manage chemical substances. EcoLink, which was developed by Fujitsu Systems East Limited, is available in Japan... (more)

Toyota to Trial New SiC Power Semiconductor Technology

Tokyo, Jan 29, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - Using a "Camry" hybrid prototype and a fuel cell bus, Toyota Motor Corporation will bring a brand new technology to the streets of Japan for testing this year. The tests will evaluate the performance of silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors, which could lead to significant efficiency improvements in hybrids and other vehicles with electric powertrains. Technology Power semiconductors are found in power control units (PCUs), which are used to control motor drive power in hybrids and other vehicles with electric powertrains. PCUs play a c... (more)

NEC Provides Cloud Service, Obbligato for SaaS, to Auto Part and Machine Tool Manufacturer in Thailand

- Optimization of local manufacturing practices - Tokyo, Jan 27, 2015 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the provision of its Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) cloud service, Obbligato for SaaS, to one of Thailand's leading auto part and machine tool manufacturing companies, CLP Engineering Co., Ltd. (CLP Engineering). In recent years, manufacturers in Thailand are accelerating business expansion through the production and sale of in-house manufactured goods, in addition to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) business for international manufact... (more)