Automation is changing rapidly due to the continual demand for
increased sophistication and simplification placed on its various
components. Thus, the Research and Development groups at SMC are
directed towards keeping up with this trend. Smaller, faster,
multi-functional components are a high priority as are the
application of electronics and sensing to pneumatics and other
The Research and Development groups are geared towards
satisfying both individual customers and general markets. SMC's
policy of tandem product development on a customer and industry
basis allows rapid tracking of the winding path of automation
Finally, as we look toward the future, environmental consumption
is at the forefront of all research and development efforts. Our
development initiatives strive for excellence in design with an
environmentally conscious focus.
Tsukuba Technical Center
The Tsukuba Technical Center was opened in 1991 in Yawara,
Ibaragi Prefecture, Japan. This center, located on an immense site
of 25,000 square meters, is where the majority of research and
development is concentrated.
In September 2000, a second complex was built to serve as the
mainstay of research and development for the next generation.