Epson Venture Boosts 3D Measurement Technology
Seiko Epson Corporation has invested in startup 4D Sensor Inc. and both companies agreed to create new value using high-speed three-dimensional (3D) measurement technology.
4D Sensor was established as a university startup in 2012 to apply results of research performed at Wakayama University in Japan. With its original technology and measurement methods, 4D Sensor is developing fast, accurate, and practical methods of measuring shape, deformation, and strain/displacement. It is also developing a one-pitch phase analysis (OPPA) method that enables 3D scanning of moving objects.
Epson and 4D Sensor will combine their respective technologies to take advantage of business synergies as they seek to address infrastructure safety issues and innovate manufacturing processes.
These technologies are expected to help increase the speed and efficiency of automated production lines in combination with industrial robots and projectors. Moreover, 4D Sensor's technology for dynamically capturing the strain and displacement of buildings, bridges, and other large structures, and can be combined with Epson's quartz sensors, which capture movements, making infrastructure safer.
Under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision, Epson seeks to accelerate growth by strengthening its business infrastructure as a manufacturing company; taking maximum advantage of its assets; and engaging in collaboration and open innovation. Epson sees the development, application, and implementation of high-speed 3D measurement technology as critical for achieving this vision.