As one of the oldest technology companies and best known brands in the world, Hitachi Group Companies innovate, build and manufacture IT and operational technology (OT) around the globe and are leaders in their respective industries. Our IoT solutions provide insights that help organizations make more informed decisions to deliver exceptional outcomes and smarter, safer, healthier and more efficient societies. Lumada, our IoT core platform, connects physical and digital technologies via data and software intelligence to drive innovation and accelerate digital transformation. As a large, global manufacturing, services and solutions company, we strive to tackle a variety of issues across a wide range of industry sectors that will make life easier tomorrow.
Throughout its 100-plus year history, the Hitachi Group’s Mission to contribute to society through the development of superior, original technology and products has been passed to generations of employees and external stakeholders. The Hitachi Group has also fostered its Values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit, which emulate the Hitachi Founding Spirit. These Values resonate through the way we think and operate, as we collectively strive to deliver solutions that create new value globally.
The Hitachi Group shares the Vision to deliver innovations that answer society’s challenges. With our talented team and proven experience in global markets, we can address global challenges in resources, energy and the environment to create a safer, smarter and healthier society. The Hitachi Group Identity articulates the Mission, Values and Vision that are shared by Hitachi Group Companies worldwide. United by this identity, Hitachi Group Companies demonstrate outstanding teamwork that transcends the boundaries of geographic regions and business fields.
Hitachi’s history with North America dates back to 1926, when Hitachi first exported 30 electric fans to the United States. Hitachi America, Ltd. was established in 1959 as a regional subsidiary, and the first Hitachi manufacturing facility in the U.S. opened in 1977. Today, Hitachi’s presence and commitment to the U.S. economy has grown to 15 major research and development (R&D) facilities, 30 main manufacturing sites,1 92 Group Companies and over 22,000 employees.2
At Hitachi, we have great faith in the power of technology to advance and transform our lives now, as well as to improve the quality of life for future generations. Hitachi provides sophisticated business and consumer solutions that transform business processes. With operations throughout the Americas, Hitachi offers a broad range of consumer and business products, including industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics.
Hitachi’s digital solutions help organizations improve performance by solving real business problems while also addressing significant social problems and environmental issues. We call it Social Innovation – making the world a better place through technology – and it is part of Hitachi’s heritage. Social Innovation starts with an idea: one simple thought that has the power to change the world. At Hitachi, we’re bringing these possibilities to life with advanced technologies like IoT, analytics and artificial intelligence. But we’re not doing it alone. Through unique collaborative creation platforms, we’re bringing thinkers and doers together to accelerate Social Innovation – working smarter, faster and more creatively towards a better tomorrow.
Today, Hitachi Group Companies in North America serve diverse market segments with a broad range of infrastructure, business products, and technology-related services and solutions aimed at benefiting customers and society. Hitachi can count among its major customers and partners numerous Fortune 500 companies, major medical centers and providers, and many federal, state and local governments.
From national security to building infrastructure for sustainable economic growth, Hitachi strives to meet the highest standards needed to support various government entities – and manufacture products, services and solutions that impact every facet of modern life. Through the innovative application of advanced technology, Hitachi is helping to improve both the way we live and the world we live in.
1 As of March 31, 2018.
2 As of June 30, 2018.
Since the beginning, research and development has been the cornerstone on which Hitachi has built its business. Starting with the development of the 5-horsepower motor in 1910, and continuing with the 2016 announcement of EMIEW3, a humanoid robot that provides intuitive customer services in multiple languages, Hitachi research has contributed to solving the problems of the day while looking to society’s future.
Hitachi America Research and Development (R&D) Division is part of the Hitachi Global Center for Social Innovation (CSI). Hitachi America, R&D was established in 1989 as part of Hitachi’s strategy to locate research centers close to industry-leading advanced markets. Over the years, Hitachi America R&D has pursued research with leading business partners and research institutions, supporting many of Hitachi’s backbone businesses, including semiconductors, automotive systems, IT platforms and networks.
Today, Hitachi America R&D is focusing increasingly on pioneering new solutions to drive Social Innovation in the Americas and globally. The Hitachi Global Center for Social Innovation, North America (CSI-North America), was established in 2016 to provide a foundation for collaborative creation with strategic partners in industry and academia. CSI-North America is working with customers to address known and hidden operational issues, leveraging and integrating Hitachi’s deep experience in IT, OT and products to create new solutions to the social challenges of today – and tomorrow.
Hitachi America R&D is engaged in research activities that leverage big data analytics, internet of things, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and other technologies. These activities are designed to provide the foundation for new solutions that help organizations optimize operations, improve productivity and efficiency, and solve unique challenges. Our Detroit Research Center works closely with customers on OT and product development to introduce new concepts for manufacturing and next-generation vehicles, including vehicle electronics, emission-reducing systems, and vehicle dynamics. Our Silicon Valley Research Center covers key areas such as asset lifecycle management, optimized manufacturing, predictive maintenance and finance.
Asset Lifecycle Management
We are developing an integrated asset lifecycle management solution that can reduce nonproductive time, improve process and asset utilization, and enable innovation-led growth opportunities. Asset-heavy industries like oil and gas, energy and manufacturing require an end-to-end solution that gives them a holistic view of their assets.
Focused on shop floor optimization, our manufacturing research activities include operations-related research such as analyzing yield, downtime and traceability, as well as factory health monitoring and reliability analysis of factory assets. By collaborating with customers, we established a suite of AI- and machine learning-based solutions with cutting-edge algorithms to address problems in maintenance, operations and quality. In addition, we continuously collaborate with customers to develop innovative value chain management and IoT solutions for smart manufacturing. With solutions created for manufacturing process digitization, real-time sensing and monitoring, systematic data management and analytics, and intelligent automation control, manufacturers can streamline processes and improve productivity and quality.
We’re bringing new technology to the age-old problems of maintenance and repair for fleets. Our R&D team has developed an end-to-end recommendation system to predict failures before they occur, use operational data to decide on the right time and place of repair, and recommend the best way to reduce cost of repairs and repair mistakes.
Digital Trust means having processes and data that you can rely on. Financial companies are seeking more effective business models by using the latest technologies, including blockchain, machine learning and AI. We have specialist teams dedicated to applying these technologies to solve unique challenges for which there are no commercial solutions.
At Hitachi America, our R&D team is expanding the boundaries of operational excellence through new technologies and solutions that drive new levels of operational efficiency and environmental sustainability.
“Our talented team of highly skilled, multidisciplinary members in the Americas is tackling many societal challenges to achieve a greener environment, more efficient resources exploration, smart manufacturing, smart vehicles, healthcare, agriculture, logistics, fintech, energy and transportation.”
— George Saikalis, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and CTO, Hitachi America, Ltd. – R&D
Hitachi’s obligation to sustainability is as important as Hitachi’s commitment to Social Innovation. Combining Hitachi’s strengths in OT, IT, and product development, the company’s Social Innovation Business is well placed to respond to the issues facing society today and realize a sustainable society with improved quality of life.
In 2015, the United Nations announced 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals established a comprehensive 15-year plan aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequality and injustice, and tackling climate change. Hitachi’s top management has identified five of these SDGs where Hitachi can have the greatest impact through business strategy.
Hitachi has also identified six additional SDGs linked to its corporate commitment to society. These six SDGs will have an impact on Hitachi’s long-term sustainability as a company, cutting across all areas of its business and management.
“Through its diverse range of current and future business activities, Hitachi will contribute significantly to resolving social and environmental issues and establishing an inclusive, harmonious, and prosperous world. To achieve this, we will continue to promote innovative solutions and collaborative creation with our business partners and stakeholders. At the same time, through responsible corporate conduct, we will reduce and mitigate negative impacts on people and the global environment and actively contribute to achieving global targets like the Sustainable Development Goals.”
—Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO, Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi’s environmental activities include Hitachi’s efforts in our own facilities. For example, Hitachi has implemented various energy measures at facilities for Hitachi Computer Products (America), Inc., and Hitachi Vantara International Distribution Center. By improving productivity and actively reducing energy consumption, energy per unit production was reduced by over 30%. Further, to reduce the carbon footprint, 70% of purchased electricity is wind-generated, a 3-acre wildflower plot is nurtured to support pollinators and onsite beehives, and an outdoor classroom and garden was created at a local elementary school to encourage children to conserve the natural environment.
In another example, Hitachi Metals company Waupaca Foundry creates new products out of recycled steel and iron at seven foundry locations. Acquired by Hitachi Metals Ltd. (Tokyo) in 2014, Waupaca Foundry and Hitachi share a long-term commitment to sustainability. The Foundry implemented a 10-year sustainability program in 2010. This award-winning program has a long list of accomplishments including a reduction of its energy intensity by 23.2%, a 55% reduction of total water use and waste reduction with over 75% of byproducts avoiding the landfill entirely. In 2017, one of Waupaca’s locations received the accredited ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification – the first U.S. metalcasting facility to do so. The three locations in Waupaca, Wisconsin, have collectively been named Modern Casting’s 2018 Metalcaster of the Year for significant sustainability accomplishments. A focus on sustainability is part of the Waupaca Foundry culture and drives the company toward continuous improvement.
Hitachi’s cultural commitment to environmental sustainability is represented in the Hitachi Environmental Innovation 2050 targets, which aim to realize a low-carbon and resource-efficient society that harmonizes with nature.
Outdoor classroom and garden created at an elementary school to encourage children to engage and conserve the natural environment.
To fulfill our mission to “contribute to society through the development of superior, original technology and products,” we are accelerating our Social Innovation Business to solve global issues. These solutions are aimed at creating a safer, more convenient, comfortable lifestyle and a more sustainable future for people around the world. In our role as a leader in promoting global sustainability, the Hitachi Group is committed to being a good corporate citizen. Hitachi believes that companies should conduct their corporate activities and communications with stakeholders in a fair and open manner, and engage in activities that contribute to long term social progress. Through our global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, including business, Hitachi is engaged in tackling global challenges such as energy, water, urbanization, and education.
In North America, Hitachi engages in community life by cultivating meaningful relationships with local organizations and empowering our employees to devote time and resources to solutions for the community at the local level.
As a technology company, Hitachi is also working to improve STEM Education through Hitachi’s Inspire STEM Education Outreach program which is committed to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. Hitachi High Technologies America, Inc., a global leader in the electron microscope industry, has collaborated with national organizations and change leaders in education and workforce development to design a program that provides an opportunity to incorporate a hands on project based experience for learning electron microscopy in the classroom. The outreach program loans a tabletop scanning electron microscope to educators to explore the Nano World. The Hitachi Inspire STEM Program’s goal is to inspire a new generation of achievement in science education and to ensure that students have the skills they need to meet the evolving demands of the workforce. Learn more about this program and initiative by visiting www.inspirestemeducation.us.
Left: Grand Prize Winners. As part of the Los Angeles Times in Education program, the Hitachi, Ltd. Los Angeles office sponsored a student poster contest which was designed to address relevant topics of interest in society today. The theme was to design a robot that would have a positive impact on the community.
Middle: Student from No Limits for Deaf Children exploring fibers to learn about microscopy in boys and girls STEAM class.
Right: Students looking into the world of nanotechnology with the TM 4000PLUS Scanning Electron Microscope through STEM Education Outreach program.
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