DJW "Asa no Kai"

"Smart Manufacturing – How a Japanese ‘Mittelstand’ Firm Innovates its Processes by Applying ‘Industrie 4.0’ Concepts and German Technology"

with Toshimitsu Kawano, Managing Director, Beckhoff Automation K.K.

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Mi 25.04.2018,
08:00 - 10:00 Uhr

Hannover Messe
Haus der Nationen
Messegelände, 30521 Hannover


Smart manufacturing − contrary to traditional manufacturing – utilizes digital information to constantly accumulate data and update intelligent technologies. Hence: Advanced information is accessible and available at any time any place, enabling swift reactions to any changes along the value chain. As such, it is strongly connected to and benefits from advancements in the fields of IoT and Artificial Intelligence.

Efficient compilation, comprehensive connectivity, and targeted application of these data are key drivers to optimize companies’ manufacturing processes. Our speaker will include a use case with Suruga Seiki, a medium-sized company and a hidden champion as a supplier of automated high precision stages. It has digitized its whole value chain from the order button on a web browser to a tool tip of a machining center in factories overseas. It is a unique case that makes the most of deep learning technology in automated inspection and process design.


Upon graduating from the School of Science at Tokyo University majoring Physics, Mr. Kawano joined Hewlett Packard Japan in 1998. After getting an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley in 2003, he joined National Instruments Japan as a Marketing Manager. In 2011, he joined Beckhoff Automation to open its Japanese subsidiary as the Managing Director. He has been serving as a board member of the German Chamber of Commerce in Japan since 2017 and as senior researcher at Keio University since 2007. He is passionate about new technology, especially for industrial communication, such as EtherCAT, and industrial PC applications.

Word of Greeting

Wolfgang Pech, Senior Vice President International Corporate Development, Deutsche Messe AG


  • 08:00 – Registration, Networking
  • 08:30 – Welcome, Breakfast
  • 09:00 – Speech, Q&A
  • 09:30 – Discussion
  • 10:00 – Close

Participation Fee

  • DJW members: EUR 0 / JPY 0
  • Non members: EUR 35 / JPY 5,000 

Bank details and invoice will be provided after registration.


Participants of the "Asa no Kai" receive a ticket for free entrance to Hannover Messe on Apr 25.

Impressions DJW "Asa no Kai" (Hannover, 25.04.2018)


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