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Mitsubishi Electric to Present New Products at Hannover Fair 2006

  • Product offensive at Hannover Messe 2006
  • Innovative technologies help develop new markets

    Mitsubishi Electric, hall 11, stand C47

    Ratingen - Mitsubishi Electric is continuing on its growth course, with the Industrial Automation division posting double-digit growth figures throughout Europe in all product categories. At the 2006 Hannover Messe trade show the company is going to continue the product offensive started in 2005, presenting a wide range of new products in strategically important sectors.

    Over the last two years Mitsubishi Electric once again successfully upped its sales of drive systems, control systems and robots throughout Europe. Between 2003 and 2005 turnover increased by 16.9 percent for compact controllers, 17.6 percent for modular controllers, 35.3 percent for servo motion systems, 13.1 percent for frequency inverter drives, 53.3 percent for industrial robots and 16.8 percent for control panel and visualisation systems.

    Mitsubishi Electric is determined to continue this growth and de-velop new markets, building on both new products and enhance-ments and additions for existing product series. The company expects to see a particularly large increase in sales for its compact controllers line, where the flagship model is the recently introduced FX3U. It is predicted that this new top model in the Melsec FX range of compact controllers will contribute to an annual growth rate of between 20 and 30 percent in this segment over the next three years. "The FX3U series brings our performance into the domain of modular controllers," comments Peter Mischitz, head of the company's German Industrial Automation division when asked about these ambitious objectives. "That is where we expect to gain the most new customers and expand our market share," he ex-plains.

    Mitsubishi Electric also has some important new technologies in the modular controllers field. Following on last year's introduction of modules for the configuration of redundant systems with the Melsec System Q automation platform, two more important com-ponents were added to the modular range early this year: A power-ful new Profibus Master with FDT/DTM functions, and the new C Controller module with direct support for high-level language pro-gramming. The C Controller opens up attractive possibilities in process control applications, where it can perform complex calcu-lations and be programmed for import tasks that are currently han-dled by DCS and VME systems. In addition to their potential for manufacturing systems automation these new components also strengthen Mitsubishi Electric's position in the important process control segment.

    Further growth is expected by Mitsubishi Electric in the market for drive systems, where it is also very well equipped to continue its success. Last year the FR-F700 frequency inverter series was launched, and at this year's Hannover Messe the company is in-troducing the new high-end FR A700 series for demanding me-chanical and plant engineering applications. "Users can choose the right product for every application from our comprehensive range of inverters," explains Peter Mischitz. The FR F700 series is engineered for the needs of pump and fan applications and is now available in a choice of versions with IP20 or IP54 protection rat-ings. The IP54 version for applications in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning sector was introduced in January 2006, open-ing up yet another important new market for the company. Mitsubi-shi Electric expects further growth impetus from its new MR J3 generation of servos, which is also making its European debut at this year's Hannover Messe.

    The high growth rates in the industrial robots segment provide further grounds for optimism. At the moment the biggest sellers are the articulated-arm robots of the new RV S series with 6 degrees of freedom. These robots are equipped with the latest technology, and Mitsubishi Electric says that the key factors for this success are their excellent value for money and the extension of the range for handling payloads up to 12kg. The first units in this series were launched in 2004. An additional boost for sales is also expected from the new models for the lower handling payload range of up to 3kg, which were introduced in the autumn of 2005. Simultane-ously, Mitsubishi Electric has also increased the capabilities and optimised the functions of its range of SCARA robots. New SCARA robots for handling payloads in the ranges up to 6kg and 12kg were launched this January.

    About HANNOVER MESSE
    The world’s leading exhibition of industrial technology takes place from 24 to 28 April in Hannover. The program for 2006 consists of the following flagship trade shows: INTERKAMA+, Factory Automation, Industrial Building Automation, Energy, Pipeline Technology, Subcontracting, Digital Factory, Industrial Facility Management & Services, MicroTechnology and Research & Technology. The featured Partner Country at HANNOVER MESSE 2006 is India, one of the world’s fastest-growing markets.
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