Tokyo, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., or DNP, will enter into the development and manufacturing of Encoder Disks, or ED, employed in electronic components that detect the position, movement direction and rotation angle of industrial robots.
An ED is a disk onto which fine scales have been engraved. Mounted inside the encoder, various sensors detect reflected light on, or transmitted through, the disk, and by converting this into electrical signals detect and control whether industrial robots are moving and rotating in the correct manner.
Increased demand in robotic components as industrial automation adoption grows
As factory automation has progressed in recent years, there has been increased demand for encoders capable of detecting the movement and rotation of robot motors, it said.
In response to this situation, DNP has decided to enter the development and manufacturing of ED. It will combine proprietary strengths in precision thin film coating and patterning technology cultivated in connection with the development of a variety of display products.
DNP said it will provide ED to companies that manufacture servomotors used in industrial robots and machine tools, aiming for total sales of 1.5 billion yen by FY 2025.
It also said it will develop ED for autonomous sensors, a market that is expected to expand in the future.
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