New Value Creation
With problems such as climate change and air pollution increasing on a global scale, Daikin is aiming to reduce environmental burden while providing new value that brings health and comfort to people and spaces.
To this end, we are advancing the state of our core technologies of inverters, heat pumps, and fluorochemicals, and stepping up joint research with companies, organizations, and other external parties in order to come up with innovations that contribute to solving society's problems.
Daikin has established a collaborative platform called CRESNECT under which it works with a number of partner companies to utilize data gathered from air conditioners in order to come up with new value and services encompassing air and space.
Using data that can be gathered from air conditioners, Daikin and the partner companies study how to improve office productivity and maintain worker health and come up with new value and services.
Daikin, Sangetsu Corporation, Shionogi & Co., Ltd., and Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. launched the Mite Allergy Countermeasures Society, a symposium with the goal of raising awareness of perennial allergic rhinitis and educating people about how to combat it.
In 2004, as part of creating an indoor air environment that is healthy and comfortable, we developed our own Streamer technology to decompose allergens such as mites, fungi, and pollen, and suppress bacteria and viruses. While looking into possible further uses of Streamer technology and leveraging the knowledge and knowhow of companies across different industries, the Mite Allergy Countermeasures Society is striving to provide society with a comfortable and healthy lifestyle through the joint creation of new value in air and space.
Daikin and Hitachi, Ltd. embarked on a collaborative project to create the next-generation production model using IoT to support skills transfer from expert workers as of October 2017.
The two companies are proceeding with a joint demonstration of the viability of a new production model. Combining Daikin's brazing process, which is part of the manufacturing of air conditioners, and Hitachi's advanced image analysis technology, the solution core of the company's Lumada IoT platform, the demonstration project will digitalize the skills of expert workers and trainees so that these can be compared and analyzed in verifying a production model. The goal is to move this system to full-scale production, encompass other production processes in the system, and expand it for application at production bases around the world and in our servicing activities.
In October 2016, Daikin Industries, Ltd. and NEC Corporation began joint research utilizing AI and IoT aimed at realizing air and space that raises people's intellectual productivity. By fusing Daikin Industries, Ltd.'s technologies related to air conditioning and its knowledge in biometrics with NEC's AI and IoT technologies in facial recognition and crowd behavior analysis, the parties aim to be able to create comfortable, focused spaces that are not just determined by factors such as climate and room environment, but that are geared to respond to the physical and mental feelings of the people in that space.
Daikin Industries, Ltd. and NEC Corporation have so far conducted research in areas such as precise control of air conditioning and lighting and measurement of comfort level. However, more analysis needs to be done since there is still much to be learned regarding the cause-effect relationship between people and the air and space around them. As the base of research for this joint effort, the TIC is carrying out demonstration testing in office environments.
In fiscal 2017, we built an environment for conducting tests on human subjects and identified effective temperature stimulation for raising intellectual productivity. To further perfect the ideal conditions, we are conducting field testing.
June 2013, Daikin Industries, Ltd. and Kyoto University concluded a comprehensive collaboration agreement with the goal of creating and researching new themes focusing on social values toward future-oriented solutions in the fields of air quality, environment, and energy.
Under this program, researchers from not just the field of science but from the arts as well have come up with the concept of ‘Good Air' through unique science-arts collaborations such as the 100 Person World Café. The program is working toward concrete activities that apply this concept.
In October 2012, Daikin Industries, Ltd. and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) established the Future Joint Research Laboratories. In conventional agreements between industry and academia, the corporation generally names the project content and the university carries out the necessary project research. But this collaboration between Daikin and NAIST begins with a quest for pressing social issues, followed by discussions on how to solve them and then the start of research toward this goal.
Daikin and NAIST are currently proceeding with research on two themes: ‘clean innovations' in pursuit of high-level anti-fouling, and ‘air and IoT' aimed at applying research results to existing businesses as soon as possible. The collaboration is also continuing to identify future research themes.
In November 2012, Daikin signed an agreement with Kansai University to collaborate fully on ways to contribute to communities in education, research, and human resource development. Through this collaboration, we are offering free lectures on fluorine and helping accelerate joint research.
In September 2016, we established a base in the Organization for Research and Development of Innovative Science and Technology of Kansai University in order to accelerate joint research with the university's science and technology departments in areas such as battery materials.
We will continue to seek ways to create new value, not just in the sciences but in the arts as well.
In 2006, Daikin Industries, Ltd. launched the Daikin (Fluorine Chemistry) Joint Research Chair at Osaka University, under which our fluorochemical technologies and the university's advance research capabilities are combined in order to come up with innovative fundamental technologies.
In 2016, a 10-year collaboration called the Daikin Collaboration Research Institute, which covers air conditioning related technologies, was launched and is conducting R&D in new materials, new processes, and processing technologies.
This facility will continue acquiring and advancing core technologies in chemistry and air conditioning by expanding its organization to include areas such as machinery, construction, information, and medicine.
In 2003, the Tsinghua University-Daikin R&D Center was established at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of China's top universities. Since then, Daikin and the university have worked together to jointly develop air conditioner technologies.
In fiscal 2016, the parties began collaborating in the chemical field as well. The center will expand into environmental fields such as air and water quality and energy, as it carries out research with top-level scientists aimed at solving environmental problems.
In October 2016, Daikin Industries Ltd. teamed up with RIKEN, Japan's only comprehensive research institution dedicated to the natural sciences, to launch the RIKEN-DAIKIN Wellness Life Collaboration Program. Under the theme of comfortable, healthy spaces, the program aims to provide society with new value.
In June 2017, the partners established the Riken BDR-Daikin Collaboration Center for joint research into creating spaces that prevent fatigue. In November 2017, test facilities were established at Riken's Integrated Innovation Building (IIB) in Kobe for clinical research investigating how differing levels of temperature and humidity affect levels of fatigue. Data on the differing levels of fatigue that men and women experience in air environments was presented in May 2018 at a meeting of the Japanese Society of Fatigue Science.
We are also making use of Riken's knowledge in areas other than air environments to come up with challenges in creating new value for our customers.
In March 2016, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Showa Nishikawa, Lion Corporation, and Renaissance Inc. jointly established the World Sleep Conference, a project to improve people's health through better sleeping.
By March 2017, three companies—Wacoal Corp., Philips Lighting Holding B.V, and Ricoh Japan Corp.—had joined. With the organization now including companies dealing in clothing, lighting, and offices—all crucial elements in sleep—members are creating and sharing new ideas related to improving health through better sleeping.
At the fiscal 2017 meeting of the World Sleep Conference, attendees shared both interesting and useful information that raises awareness of the importance of sleep and contributes to the discovery of latent needs regarding sleeping.
We also conducted a two-day overnight event on the theme of how to establish the conditions for a good sleep. Participants experienced the daily routines that ensure a sound sleep and thus learned firsthand about good sleep cycles.
It is well known that sleep affects people not only physically but mentally as well. Poor sleep is said to lead to problems like depression and insomnia, which result in lack of concentration and poor productivity. Sleep disorders have emerged as a cause of some of today's social problems. Against this background, Daikin Industries, Ltd. recognized the strong connection between sleep and warm environments. Utilizing the Sleep and Metabolism Laboratory at the TIC, which simulates a round-the-clock living environment, we are coming out with new products and services that improve the quality of sleep through the power of air.
Daikin Industries, Ltd. strives to contribute to lower power consumption through energy-efficient air conditioners and buildings.
In order to achieve even more environmentally conscious buildings through the provision of products and services, we have joined green building organizations around the world and our bases and sales regions are helping form regulations that will make it easier to provide products and services that help realize green buildings and ZEBs*.
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