We are harnessing our accumulated technological strengths while cultivating our businesses to contribute to industrial innovations.
Industrial Products Business
Corporate Senior Vice President,
General Manager of
Industrial Products Business Group,
Ricoh Co., Ltd.
The Industrial Products business encompasses a range of industrial application fields, and contributes to social progress.
We offer opto modules that draw on our optical technology strengths to increase customer value. Our industrial smart systems combine advanced sensing technology with IoT and AI technologies. In precision equipment parts, we develop and sell precision machine parts, primarily for automobiles, and aim to expand our business.
Providing value to society
We integrate optical and image processing technologies to visualize information while combining control technologies and parts to contribute to safer and more secure societies through advanced vehicles and autonomous driving.
In opto modules, we integrated our optical and image processing technologies to cultivate a range of products, centered on offerings for advanced driving assistance systems and autonomous driving.
We manufacture the world’s smallest vehicular stereo cameras, with which we have top share in the Japanese compact car market. We are building a development and mass production structure for the world’s first laser scanning head-up displays (HUDs), which employ our proprietary laser technologies to deliver outstanding color reproduction and visibility. In the projection business, our strengths are in ultra-short focus and high-precision molding technologies. We offer projection lenses for offices and educational institutions. We are expanding our supply of small short- and ultra-short focus projector modules to cater to rising demand for industrial embedded applications.
In industrial smart systems, we provide new value for IoT by integrating sensing and computing technologies. For example, we developed a system that combines proprietary sensors and data analysis technology to map the vibrations of operating facilities and machinery, preventing accidents and shortening downtimes. We supply top-quality industrial embedded computers that cater to the operational stability needs of robots and medical and financial equipment.
In precision equipment parts, we draw on precision machining technology that we cultivated over many years in our watch business. We are focusing on precision automotive components, as well as precision machines parts that enhance the environmental performances of engines.
In industrial equipment, we offer production facilities and image inspection equipment that automate manufacturing processes and cut labor costs, centered on the fast-growing lithium-ion battery-related market.
We are drawing on our core technologies to deliver value through new imaging and data service businesses.
Smart Vision Business
Corporate Vice President, General Manager of Smart Vision Business Group,
Ricoh Co., Ltd.
Consumers and businesses alike can take advantage of the 360° still images and movies of the RICOH THETA camera. We offer cloud services for businesses using this imaging platform. We draw on artificial intelligence and image processing technology amassed from the accumulated data to create new value and bolster our services range to broaden customer business potential. We will step up efforts to create digital cameras that find favor among customers for perfectly matched usage requirements.
Providing value to society
We seek to streamline corporate operations by leveraging image bundling technologies and our expertise in developing and managing business cloud services to provide more convenience and help enhance quality of life for customers.
We launched the THETA 360.biz official partner program in July 2018 to expand the usage of images from the RICOH THETA 360° camera. THETA 360.biz is a corporate cloud service that we initiated in October 2014 that dynamically displays images from this camera on customer websites. Companies in the real estate business, for example, can use what has proven a very popular augmented reality application for tours that link multiple 360° images with room floor plans. With the number of customers using our setup steadily increasing, we plan to extend services to used car sales, hotels, tourism and construction sites.
In Web advertising, we offer a service to distribute and display 360° banner ads that employ artificial intelligence learning. The service helps to triple click rates of still image banners. We aim to increase customer value in marketing, security, and other fields with various tools. One is our deep learning-based image recognition technology, which makes it possible to map the numbers of people in offices or popular areas. Another is client behavior analysis solutions that employ face authentication algorithms. We also seek to provide new value by incorporating various devices and ideas in our service, expanding functions with plug-ins and releasing multiple application programming interfaces and software development kits to offer an open environment for developers.
In February 2019, we opened the RICOH 360 portal, which integrates a range of solutions services employing 360° images. The portal uses accumulated 360° still image, video, and log data and unique data processing technology to offer value unique to 360° imaging. It also provides customer success story content.
We maintain a solid lineup of conventional digital cameras that match customer interests. These offerings include the high-end RICOH GR III compact camera and action models that are waterproof, dustproof, and shock resistant.
September 2014 saw the Ricoh Group launch its Additive Manufacturing business. This business focuses on 3D printers, which enable on-demand parts production. We have been selling 3D printers from Ricoh and other brands as well as providing comprehensive solutions that include materials and modeling services. We have thereby helped to resolve workflow issues while contributing to manufacturing innovations.
We established RICOH Rapid Fab centers in Japan (Atsugi, Shin Yokohama, Osaka, and Nagoya) and in the United Kingdom (Telford) so customers in manufacturing can talk with the Ricoh Group’s technicians. Discussions cover regular prototyping and case studies relating to direct parts, molds, and jigs.
Our modeling services include one-stop design support for customers looking to create prototypes and final parts. We plan to roll out full-fledged contract manufacturing services for final products.
We intend to launch in-house-developed 3D printer for simple prototyping during the year ending March 31, 2020. We aim to further expand our business by bringing out models incorporating proprietary technology that offer high quality and shorten lead times.