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Nippon Kodoshi Corporation

Nippon Kodoshi Corporation

Nippon Kodoshi Corporation has 70% of the global market for separators for electrolytic capacitors. When building a new plant in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture with a business continuity plan (BCP) in mind, the company designed and constructed a central control room(CCR) aimed at making monitoring and control of the plant floor more efficient. The application of the concept of “increasing the level of situation awareness” has produced dramatic effects in detail.

Aiming at higher efficiency by designing the space and information of the CCR

Nippon Kodoshi Corporation manufactures the separators (insulating paper)*1 for electrolytic capacitors, which are essential electronic components for electronic products such as automobiles, computers, and home electric appliances. Due to the rapidly increasing demand for lithium-ion batteries mainly in hybrid cars and solar and wind generation, Nippon Kodoshi has come to play an important role in the environmental and energy fields.

The company’s plants are located in Kochi Prefecture. It has been anticipated in recent years that a great earthquake accompanied by a tsunami may cause damage throughout the prefecture. Should a disastrous earthquake occur, the company’s product supply will be shut off, which will have a great influence on the global separator market. From the perspective of BCP, the company decided to construct a new plant in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture. Yonago was selected because, in spite of its easy access from Kochi, the probability of an earthquake and tsunami affecting Kochi and Yonago at the same time is very low.

Mr. Yamamura said: “Taking the opportunity of constructing a new plant, we decided to push forward a production innovation plan that had been carried out by the existing plants. At first, it would be essential to review the design of the CCR aiming to ensure higher efficiency for monitoring and controlling the plant floor.”

This case study was published in the 2013 Vol.4 issue of the azbil Group's corporate magazine, azbil.