Discover Who’s Behind Fusion For Industry.
Founded in 1910, Hitachi, Ltd. is a Japanese multinational conglomerate headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Hitachi, Ltd. is the parent company of the Hitachi Group and conducts business for an array of industries ranging from automotive to artificial intelligence (AI) technology, aerospace, industrial, and infrastructure.
Hitachi follows a Social Innovation Business model, which aims to accelerate innovation with partners globally to create social, economic, and environmental solutions. This model strives to build a sustainable society by reimagining the ways that various industries interact, whether it be between operational technologies, information technologies, or products and services.
Committed to the vision of a sustainable future, Hitachi announced its Mid-Term Management Plan in 2019, which consisted of three points of focus: environment, resilience, and safety & security. The plan will transform Hitachi from a global enterprise into a global leader by offering innovative solutions to issues faced by customers. These solutions would come in the form of digital technologies, thus closing the gap between the cyber and physical world.
To create total seamless solutions for the industrial sector, Hitachi has committed to and strengthened its North American footprint for customers and markets, resulting in the acquisition of:
- Sullair in 2017
- JR Automation in 2019
- The formation of Hitachi Industrial Equipment & Solutions America
- Flexware Innovation in 2022
- Telesis Technologies in 2022
Sullair, a leader in air compressor solutions, JR Automation, a system integrator of robotic technology, Flexware Innovation, a digital transformation and technology integration company, Hitachi Industrial Equipment & Solutions America, a provider of diversified industrial products and solutions, and Telesis Technologies, a permanent laser marking equipment manufacturer, all fall under Hitachi Industrial Holdings Americas, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
THE COMPANIES THAT CREATE FUSION FOR INDUSTRY FROM HITACHI
With company headquarters in Holland, Michigan, JR Automation is a leading provider of automated manufacturing and robotic technology integration solutions for customers around the world. Founded in 1980, the company has grown exponentially to 27 locations worldwide, 1.2 million square feet of facility floor space, and over 2,000 employees.
The company designs and builds highly integrated manufacturing systems, including robotic welding, testing, dispensing material handling, and assembly solutions for a diverse customer base. Customers include automotive, life sciences, warehouse and logistics, aerospace, electronics, and industrial manufacturers, among others. JR Automation provides global customers with seamless solutions, connecting the entire value chain with data to achieve total optimization.
As a leader in manufacturing excellence, JR Automation boasts numerous certifications, including ISO 9001:2015 Registered Facilities, ITAR Certified Facilities, A3 Certified Integrator, Authorized FANUC System Integrator, Authorized ABB Robotics Integrator, and Yaskawa Premier Partner Qmed Qualified Supplier.
In 2019, JR Automation was acquired by Hitachi, with the vision of offering a seamless connection between cyber-physical systems and IT and OT layers for the industrial sector worldwide.
2021 brought about the unification of JR Automation’s five divisional brands — JR Automation, Esys Automation, Setpoint, FSA Technologies, and PSB Technologies — into a single global-caliber automation provider that would allow for more innovative solutions and a wider array of areas of expertise.
With this partnership and unification of capabilities, JR Automation can provide customers a unique, single-source solution for complete integration of their automation systems, assets, and data.
Creating long-lasting manufacturing solutions for digital integration since 1996, Flexware Innovation was added to Hitachi’s Fusion For Industry family in 2022. Headquartered in Fishers, Indiana, Flexware Innovation is an industry expert in digital and software integrations for factories looking for end-to-end connections of data and automation.
Founded during the birth of technology integrations in Industry 1.0, Flexware Innovation has become the expert on how manufacturers can increase productivity and efficiency with digital and software integrations added to their assembly lines. Working with the top Fortune 100 medical and life science companies, they understand all the nuances of building systems with current legacy equipment and ecosystems.
Flexware takes a customer service approach, building complex integrations and learning how factories and businesses look at processes and data with their enterprise solution department. From there, they create custom data and software integrations for ERP, MES, and HMI/SCADA, connecting automation machinery to the company’s internal data-gathering platforms.
Developing end-to-end digital integration solutions to give companies the ability to make intelligent business decisions based on data and information is what Flexware Innovation does best. Their services and custom software can be applied to any manufacturing process and machinery for optimal consistency, efficiency, and productivity.
For more than 55 years, Sullair has been on the cutting edge of compressed air solutions. Founded in 1965 in Michigan City, Indiana, Sullair was the first company in the United States market to completely rely on rotary screw technology and has since become the distinguished leader in compressed air solutions for commercial and industrial manufacturing. In April 2017, Sullair was acquired by Hitachi, which allowed for both Sullair and Hitachi to expand their customer reach as well as offer customers a wide array of products to fit their industrial needs.
Serving customers globally, Sullair manufactures commercial and industrial air compressors, with a focus on three product families: portable AirPower, stationary AirPower, and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) components. Sullair air compressors have been utilized in the automotive, chemical & petrochemical, construction and mining, food and beverage, and gas compression industries, among many others. The company has a robust set of use cases, from powering the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas to helping provide fresh air to the Chilean miners trapped underground for 70 days.
Company headquarters remain in Michigan City, along with manufacturing facilities that distribute and service air compressor packages and systems worldwide. Manufacturing facilities are also located in China — in Suzhou, Jiangsu, and in Shenzhen, Guangdong — which service the Asian and Australasian markets. Sullair has offices in Dandenong South, Australia, and in Sunderland, United Kingdom, which service markets in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) and Russia.
All manufacturing facilities are SO 9001 certified to ensure the highest-quality standards in manufacturing. In addition, the Sullair Suzhou facility is ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified.
In 2017, Sullair introduced its brand promise to articulate what customers could expect when purchasing products for their compressed air needs: reliability, durability and performance. The Sullair brand promise is represented on their products with the Sullair Power Stripe, a distinguishing design featured on new industrial and portable air compressors that meet these requirements.
Hitachi Industrial Equipment & Solutions America helps manufacturing and production organizations improve operational efficiency in industrial facilities throughout the Americas.
The company boasts a wide portfolio of industrial products, ranging from class-leading industrial machinery components that deliver optimal results over expanded intervals of time to turnkey industrial marking and coding solutions, like advanced AC drive inverters. Reliability is the key to all Hitachi does, and that is evident in their products, such as their world-class continuous ink jet printer that has run over 100,000 hours without a single unplanned interruption. Other products in their portfolio include industrial submersible pump motors, blowers, medium-voltage drivers, and wind generators.
Hitachi Industrial Equipment & Solutions America was founded on three pillars: harmony, sincerity, and pioneering spirit. Each one is used to guide their mission of delivering high-quality equipment and services that help our society move forward.
In 2022, Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems (HIES) expanded its marking and coding portfolio by adding Telesis Technologies into the Fusion For Industry family. With more than 40 years in the marking industry, Telesis offers state-of-the-art technology for printing dates, lot numbers, and other information on items produced in a host of industries.
Telesis, an international firm with around 160 workers worldwide, has a development center and manufacturing plant in the United States, as well as domestic sales, engineering, and maintenance bases. Additionally, it has manufacturing, sales, and service locations in China and sales and service bases in Europe.
Telesis has one of the most extensive global market shares in dot-peen markers, which are usually employed in the aerospace and automotive industries and print letters by hitting pins.
Recently, the demand for high-definition and long-lasting printing across the globe, as well as business chances for marking tools based on laser technology, makes the acquisitions of Telesis Technologies and Photon Energy GmbH notably beneficial for HIES.
WHAT IS FUSION FOR INDUSTRY?
Fusion for Industry from Hitachi is a fusion of solutions to address your most pressing needs, from Human to Generational, Technology to Factory. These three companies, Sullair, JR Automation and Hitachi Industrial Equipment & Solutions America, provide best-in-class products, engineering, and support services to implement and maintain solutions across your production line and facilities.