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Feature: The Embodiment of Daikin CSR Development of Urusara 7

The Ultimate in Manufacturing Achieves Outstanding Energy Efficiency and Comfort

Competition among manufacturers in the global air conditioner market is heating up. Amidst a changing market environment, Daikin concentrated the strengths of its monozukuri (the art of manufacturing), which is aimed at performance quality, and the capabilities of its human resources, to develop an air conditioner offering the type of Japanese quality that the world has come to expect. The result was Urusara 7, a residential air conditioner released in November 2012 and winner of that year's Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation. From the very beginning of product development, Daikin adopted a concurrent system that brought together personnel from all relevant company divisions. Thanks to the passion and ingenuity intrinsic to Daikin manufacturing, the Urusara 7 was able to achieve outstanding energy efficiency and comfort. Development of this product could also be called the embodiment of Daikin CSR, since it centered on human resources in pursuit of solutions based on the environment, quality, and customer satisfaction (CS).

Daikin received the Minister’s Prize, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in the Fiscal 2012 Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation.

For the industry-leading*2 energy efficiency of the Urusara 7, Daikin received the Minister’s Prize, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in the Fiscal 2012 Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation (Product Category & Business Model Category).

Product: Urusara 7 (S40PTRXP, S56PTRXP, S63PTRXP, S71PTRXP)
Sponsor: The Energy Conservation Center, Japan

Human Resources: Shiga Plant manufacturing  brings together the power of human resources.

Environment: New refrigerant and structure achieve outstanding air conditioning energy-saving performance.

Quality and Customer Satisfaction: Performance and design reflect the desires of the market.

7 Features of the Urusara 7

  1. World's first product*1 using the new refrigerant R32 (HFC32)
    The new refrigerant helps to mitigate the effects of global warming with 1.5 times the heat-carrying capacity of conventional refrigerants and just one-third the global warming potential.
  2. APF 7.0, the industry's highest*2
    With an annual performance factor (APF) increase of 0.4 (6%), the product achieves the industry's highest energy efficiency.
  3. Innovative airflow method: "Circulating airflow"
    Thanks to a new flap and dual intake structure, the product achieves a circulating airflow that takes air to every corner of even a large living room.
  4. Sarara drying operation gives comfort and energy efficiency
    Since only a portion of the heat exchanger is cooled, dehumidifying occurs without excessive cooling of the room. Plus, power consumption is only about half that of conventional reheating dehumidification (Daikin comparison).
  5. Ururu humidifying operation offers improved no-water-supply humidification
    Daikin's unique technology allows the Ururu to use the moisture already present in the air for humidification. Plus, the outdoor unit is 20% smaller.
  6. New Yuragi-pattern airflow reproduces a natural breeze effect
    We improved our airflow control technology to achieve a natural breeze effect that is comfortable on the human body even over long periods of time.
  7. Unique air purifying technology: Streamer discharge
    Daikin's unique technology traps, breaks down, and eliminates airborne particles such as mold and pollen while also keeping the inside of the air conditioner clean.

*1 For residential wall-mounted room air conditioners as of date of release (November 1, 2012).

*2 For residential wall-mounted room air conditioners (40-kW, 5.6-kW class) as of date of release (June 26, 2013).
Seasonal power consumption: AN40PRP model: 1,145 kWh; AN56PRP model: 1,840 kWh

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