Tokyo Electron and HACARUS announce jointly developed AI to prevent industrial hazards in the manufacturing industry

Tokyo Electron And HACARUS Announce Jointly Developed AI To Prevent Industrial Hazards In The Manufacturing Industry

The new AI-powered tool will be unveiled at Smart Factory EXPO Tokyo, from January 24th.

January 16th, 2024, Kyoto, Japan – HACARUS, on a mission to bring the next generation of instruments to every industry, today announced that it has jointly developed a new AI tool to prevent industrial hazards with Tokyo Electron, a global leader in the semiconductor manufacturing equipment segment.

The new AI tool will be showcased at the Smart Factory EXPO, where visitors will be able to experience the technology in action. In the future, the product will be continuously improved by responding to customer requests – aiming to put it into practical use as soon as possible.

Introducing the Industrial Hazards Prevention AI Tool

HACARUS and Tokyo Electron have developed high performance edge AI models for incident detection at work sites trained with small data sets, leading to lower implementation and operational costs. 

Enabled by a resource efficient design, model training and inference are performed on-site, with data staying locally at the customer’s manufacturing location. By combining cameras and AI, this solution enables 24-hour real-time monitoring for incidents, which was previously difficult for human operators.

Operational Flow: 

  • The manufacturing site is continuously monitored using a small camera, with HACARUS’ AI analyzing the image feed. 
  • The solution scans for signs of incidents, hazards and dangers in real time, and alerts workers and operators when detected. 
  • The image feed before and after an alert is automatically recorded, making it possible to check and review the circumstances which led to an incident, enabling enactment of future countermeasures.

Capabilities Examples:

  • Can detect latent workplace dangers 
  • Can detect improper use of protective equipment
  • Can monitoring behaviors, such as workers unsure how to operate equipment 

Learn more on the dedicated product site 

AI automatically detects improper use of protective equipment

Development background

In the semiconductor industry, which is expected to continue growing in the future, there is a serious shortage of human resources, and with the diversification of employment types and age groups, ensuring worker safety has become even more important. In addition to designing equipment based on safety, the industry strives to increase the safety awareness of each individual to prevent hazards.

Tokyo Electron has one of the highest hazard prevention focuses in the industry, and is also promoting various initiatives for its business partners to prevent incidents. The joint development with HACARUS and application of AI, to eliminate human errors for a safer workplace, is part of this important effort. 

About the semiconductor market

Market Size Growth Prediction

・Industry analyst Gartner reported in April 2023, that the global semiconductor market will reach USD 630.9 billion (approximately 94 trillion yen, converted at 150 yen to the dollar) in 2024. 

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

・Revised its “Semiconductor/Digital Industry Strategy” in 2023 and raised the semiconductor-related domestic sales target to over 15 trillion yen in 2030, tripling the current level.

・The FY2023 supplementary budget will allocate 2 trillion yen to support semiconductors and generative AI, subsidizing the cost of developing semiconductor factories that continue to be built in Japan, and moving toward domestic production.

First Demonstrations

At the Smart Factory EXPO Tokyo to be held at Tokyo Big Sight January 24th-January 27th, HACARUS will introduce this new industrial hazard prevention AI tool. The initial use case is to prevent industrial hazards at semiconductor manufacturing plants, however the solutions can be used in a wide range of cleanroom environments, giving it broad appeal.

 

Exhibition Overview

  • Event: 8th Smart Factory EXPO – Exhibition on Manufacturing Innovation with IoT/AI/FA
  • Date: January 24th (Wednesday) to 26th (Friday), 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Venue: Tokyo Big Sight
  • Organizer: RX Japan Corporation
  • Booth Number: W67-35

For visitor registration, please click here (link in Japanese only)

About HACARUS

HACARUS INC, on a mission to bring the next generation of instruments to every industry, has since its founding in 2014, supplied AI solutions across the medical, manufacturing and construction fields in Japan – and beyond. Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, and backed by Daikin, Osaka Gas and Miyako Capital (Kyoto University), among others, its technology enables humans to make better, faster, and more reliable decisions based on data-driven insights. HACARUS’ proprietary AI engine is built using Sparse Modeling, a method that understands data like a human would – by its unique key features and is far more resource, time, and energy-efficient when compared to Deep Learning. To learn more, visit https://hacarus.com

 

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