- How will the Meidensha Corporation expand their business in the future
and what role will JMAG play?
Mr. Yamada The Meidensha Corporation created a medium-term management plan, "POWER
5," which is a five year plan starting from fiscal 2009. In this medium-term
plan, we are striving to expand our business in 5 areas that contribute
to a low-carbon society, such as motors and inverters for electric vehicles.
Each of these business areas relates to rotating machine technology in
some way, such as motors. The direction of technology in the future points
to continuous technological development for rotating machines. In addition,
innovation of products contributing to environmental conservation is also
In the future, design methods accounting for the biodegradability of products,
which is the last stage of their life cycle, will be necessary to meet
the challenges in reducing the total environmental burden. PM motors, for
example, will probably need to be innovatively designed so that the permanent
magnets of the rotor can be recycled easily. Heavy electric equipment and
industrial electric systems, just like appliances, require recycling control
methods founded in product liability.
Mr. Watanabe Product development has to be environmentally friendly as well as consumer
friendly, not simply by quantitatively understating the environmental burden
of the products, but by establishing a product life cycle management system.
Therefore, it is necessary to know the performance of products at an early
stage of development or even at the stage of concept. And it means that
simulation becomes more and more important.
I have realistic expectations that the calculation speed will continue
increasing and the range of analysis will expand to thermo-fluid analysis.
However, stepping back for a wider perspective, I would love to see functions
to calculate the CO2 emissions of a product at the analysis stage and increase the percentage
of materials used in products that can be recycled.
JMAG is evaluated highly as one of the major leaders in magnetic field
analysis software since its release in 1983. And for this reason, I expect
JMAG to continue being a software that engineers can rely on.
Motor and Inverter for the i-MiEV
(Kabushiki Kaisha Meidensha)
Consolidated Number of Employees
June 1, 1897
¥17, 070 million (as of March 31, 2009)
7,133 (as of March 31, 2009)
¥198,797 million (as of March 31, 2009)
The Meidensha Corporation was established as a heavy electric machine manufacturer
in 1897. In addition to business in social infrastructure, such as generators,
transformers, control equipment, and water processing equipment, the Meidensha
Corporation is founded in industrial systems, such as drive equipment for
elevators and electric vehicles and industrial computers, as well as maintenance
of the various equipment. Their consolidated sales are ¥198,797 million
as of March 2009. The Meidensha Group is a global manufacturing and sales
group that has 23 companies domestically in Japan and 15 companies internationally
which are localized in Asia. Presently, they are focusing on various components
for electric vehicles and the use of natural energy, such as solar power
and wind generators.