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Japan: Extension of R&D Base Two New Laboratory Buildings to Strengthen Azbil’s Research Capabilities

Editor: MA Alexander Stark

Azbil will build two laboratory buildings at Fujisawa Technology Center, the group’s central R&D base, for conducting experiments.

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Construction of the laboratory building will begin in spring 2021 and is slated to be completed at the end of May 2022.
Construction of the laboratory building will begin in spring 2021 and is slated to be completed at the end of May 2022.
(Source: Nikken Sekkei)

Tokyo/Japan — By investing in two new laboratory buildings, Azbil aims to enhance its technological development facilities for accelerating R&D of advanced system solutions and devices for the group’s next stage of growth.

This expansion is to boost Fujisawa Technology Center’s development capabilities in advanced system solutions that use cloud computing and Artificial Intelligence, as well as in high-performance, high-precision devices. In 2019, the company constructed a new production building at Shonan Factory, paving the way for the site to be positioned as the Group’s “mother factory.”

Society faces problems that need to be tackled, such as the declining working-age population, ageing infrastructure, climate change, and the threat of a pandemic. In response to these, automation plays an ever-increasing role through means such as creating safe work and production spaces, energy conversion and controlling energy demand, all of which have led to the need for new automation that uses measurement and control in ways not seen previously. In anticipation of this need, the new laboratory buildings at Fujisawa Technology Center is to provide a new environment for development and advanced facilities for experimentation, enabling more efficient R&D activities as well as driving advanced technological development. As the group’s global R&D base, the center aims to be a place to experience the world’s latest automation technology and will serve as a space to create new value together with customers.

Boasting the latest experiment facilities, the first laboratory building will have a building area of 2230 m2 with a total floor area of 10,721 m2 over its six floors and replace the previous laboratory building, which will be dismantled due to age. Rooms for employee use will be a balanced mix of places where employees can concentrate on work and rooms where they can unwind, thus aiming to be a facility that can increase individual and team creativity. The building also helps promote lively workplaces and “work-style reform” by offering a café-style workspace that reflects recent work styles as well as optimal R&D and work facilities.

The second laboratory building will have a building area of 1,336 m2, a total floor area of 4,217 m2 over its three floors, and a clean room for development and production. The building will also feature a measurement standards laboratory for furthering development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, which are at the center of Azbil’s sensing technology.

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