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Roland Digital Factory Wins Nikkei Advanced Technology Award

Press release from the issuing company

Irvine, CA. December 5, 2002 Roland DGA Corporation today announced that Roland DG (its parent company in Japan) won a Nikkei Advanced Technology Award 2002 for its Digital Factory. The Roland Digital Factory is a landmark production-assistance system. Its advanced computer technology enables a single worker to build high-technology products from beginning to end. Step-by-step computer assembly instructions use 3D illustrations, lights, sounds and sensors to guide the operator through each process. This innovative system reduces errors by freeing workers from the burden of memorizing complicated assembly procedures. Even entry-level workers can build entire devices. They use a one-at-a-time assembly style that both gives them greater pride in their work and results in higher quality products. “The Digital Factory is just one more reason why Roland has become a leader in building quality products,” said Bob Curtis, Roland DGA President and CEO. “Some of the world’s best manufacturing companies have visited the Roland Digital Factory to learn about how it can benefit their production system.” The Digital Factory reduces paper usage by 60 percent in the production department, making it an important part of Roland’s environmental initiative. It also reduced labor hours by 25 percent. Sponsored by Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the prestigious Nikkei Award recognizes factories and business organizations that have pioneered higher standards for management efficiency, productivity and a better working environment. The Digital Factory Roland was one of only 15 businesses worldwide to win the award this year.