HOKUYO (Japan)

HOKUYO, founded in Osaka, Japan in 1946, developed and continues to offer some of the original automation technology with products such as counters, photoelectric sensors and Automatic doors for a wide range of factory automation systems and various production processes. For many years have been developing several types of products for factory automation that include high-accuracy CCD sensors and optical data transmission devices and maintain an outstanding reputation for creativity and performance with customers.

HOKUYO products are integrated into many industrial sectors such as textiles, electric wire, iron & steel, transportation systems, mounting machines, semiconductor and LCD facilities. They have contributed to the growth and development of these industries.

With the fast-paced changes in information technology, industrial globalization and despite the environmental and safety uncertainties we face in the world today, Hokuyo will adapt and continue to thrive as a leader and continue to pursue its growth with great efficiency.

As a pioneer of automation technology, Hokuyo will be sensitive and proactive to the needs of customers and pursue the challenges ahead to offer the best product solutions in the future.

Environment Efforts

  • Hokuyo intends to get ISO14001 of the international environmental management system and aims to become an eco-friendly corporation through the continuous system improvement, so that we can provide customers with earth-conscious products.
  • Hokuyo works toward realization of the energy saving society through the customers using our products by development of eco-friendly products and initiatives of automatic control systems.
    【Examples of Energy Saving by Using Our Products】

    ・Head-count and mobility measurement by the scanning range finder (SOKUIKI sensor)

    imageThe SOKUIKI sensor can control air conditioning and lighting as well as the opening and closing of doors at necessary times by obtaining information in advance such as the number and direction of movement of people within the set area.

    ・Factory Automation

    imageFactory automation makes it possible to realize the shortening of hours, energy savings through efficiency in the process and a decrease of CO2 emissions.
    In addition, a reduction of human errors through automation leads to yield improvement and a lower level of defectiveness, thus making it possible to eliminate waste of resources and energy.

    ・Automation in Our Daily Life

    imageAutomation in our society has accelerated progressively, as seen in life-assistance type of robots used for shopping attendance and life support as well as in automated homes and commercial facilities. In such an automated society, Hokuyo contributes to the environmental improvement in the area of “Optics” of each automated device.

  • Hokuyo promotes lead-free solders in response to the Directive on RoHS and green procurement in order to realize earth-conscious products as a corporation.
    【Lead-free Solders】

    Solders are absolutely necessary for manufacturing electronics and electric devices and most of them have contained lead until recently. These days, however, it is necessary for countermeasures against lead to be argued for including lead-free solders, because lead contained in waste seeps into the ground and flows into the underground water, which may have an adverse affect on the human body. Hokuyo reduces environmental burdens by accelerating the use of lead-free solders.

    【Response to the RoHS Directive】

    Control instruments are not regulated by the RoHS Directive (as of October, 2006), however, Hokuyo is moving toward adaptation to the RoHS Directive continuously in order to satisfy customers’ requirements. For the products adapted to the RoHS Directive, please contact our sales representatives or the direct contact at Hokuyo’s website.

    【Green Procurement】

    Hokuyo’s green procurement means investigating the constituents of components in our products and content of regulated substances along with prohibiting and managing the object substances based on the guidelines formulated.

  • Hokuyo aims to make our workplace an energy-saving factory.
    We reduced power usage through more efficient air conditioning units and by covering the roof of the production building with a moss greening unit and light-blocking sheet.