Improve Factory Productivity With NEC’s New Video Analysis Technology

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A new video analysis technology, “Value-added Time Measurement Solution,” from NEC Corporation promotes quality control and locates production bottlenecks.

Value-added Time Measurement Solution,” a video analysis technology to help improve factory productivity, automatically detects an individual’s hand and body movements from video images taken during the assembly and inspection process in order to measure and analyse operational performance.

In recent years, the manufacturing industry has been making greater use of video analysis in order to promote quality control and resolve challenges, such as production bottlenecks. According to NEC, it is possible to quantitatively grasp the operating status of each process, which had been difficult in the past by utilising video analysis.

In particular, as the movement of individuals has become restricted due to the spread of COVID-19, there is a growing demand for remote management and improvement of conditions, especially among companies with international production bases.

NEC’s Value-added Time Measurement Solution capitalises on NEC’s visual analysis technologies to contribute to productivity improvements (Kaizen) that are conducted on a daily basis in a variety of fields.


This solution uses images from cameras at factory sites to automatically detect the movement of an individual’s hands and body. Movements are then quantified and data can be used to graph the status of each work area, making it possible to analyse the relationships between processes and to locate bottlenecks.

This will help optimise production lines and improve productivity by creating greater visibility of staff performance and helping to provide training that is tailored for specific needs.

Visual analysis generally requires a device equipped with a GPU capable of sophisticated image processing. However, this solution uses a learning model that specialises in hands and bodies to reduce the load on the analysis process. Therefore, it is possible to analyse images with a compact computer equipped with a general CPU.

In addition, since there is no need to build a system or make detailed settings for each installation location, it can be implemented inexpensively and in a short period of time.

NEC also provides a licensing model that regularly incorporates major updates, enabling customers to have access to the latest video analysis technologies.

“This solution promotes factory improvements by providing visualisation of both staff and working conditions. These efforts enable us to provide total support for customers’ operational monitoring, and help to understand the specific needs of each factory location,” said Atsushi Kondo, executive officer and general manager of the Global Marketing Division, PATLITE Corporation.

“The quantitative measurement enabled by this solution’s video processing promotes improvements, in the performance of factory personnel. We are confident that by combining the solution with a variety of our solutions we can drive the development of a ‘Factory Internet of Things’ (IoT), and contribute to improving the processes for any factory,” said Masahiro Kamiya, executive officer of DENSO WAVE Incorporated.

Value-added Time Measurement Solution is available in Singapore, India and Vietnam from 30 September 2021.

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