Komatsu adding artificial intelligence to construction advisory service- Nikkei Asian Review

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Komatsu is adopting artificial intelligence technologies for a service that can help construction supervisors and workers do their jobs more efficiently and rapidly. The Japanese maker of construction machinery plans to add the AI-based service to the menu of its Smart Construction service sometime later this year. Launched in February 2015, the advisory service uses drones and other equipment to conduct surveys and generate 3D data for uploading to construction machinery for semi-automatic operation. With the incorporation of AI technologies, Komatsu will be able to offer a wider range of services that bring a degree of automation, not just to machinery but also to the scheme of execution. The Japanese construction sector faces an aging and diminishing pool of skilled workers, and Komatsu sees AI as a way to replicate their knowledge and improve productivity at the building site.


Komatsu Helps Improve Mining Performance with Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Platform Powered by Cloudera

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Cloudera, Inc. (NYSE: CLDR), the modern platform for machine learning and analytics, optimized for the cloud, announced that Komatsu, a leading global heavy equipment manufacturer, has implemented a cloud-based Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) analytics platform powered by Cloudera Enterprise and Microsoft Azure. The platform enables Komatsu teams to help mining customers around the world continuously monitor the performance of some of the largest equipment used in surface and underground mining, increase asset utilization and productivity, and deliver essential resources including energy and industrial minerals for the global economy.


Komatsu's self-driving dump truck doesn't even have a cab

Engadget

Despite the dream of the self-driving car, most autonomous vehicles still have a steering wheel, giving passengers the option to take control at a moments notice. Komatsu's latest dump truck is a bit different -- it doesn't even have a cab for a human operator to sit in. The company calls it the Komatsu Innovative Autonomous Haulage Vehicle. It's a 2,700 horsepower autonomous truck designed to increase productivity by taking drivers out of the equation. Specifically, the company is trying to eliminate the three-point turn by developing a vehicle that doesn't need to see where it's going.


Komatsu to buy U.S. mining equipment maker Joy Global

The Japan Times

Komatsu Ltd. said that it has agreed to acquire U.S. mining machinery maker Joy Global Inc. for 2.9 billion. Joy Global, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has production bases in the United States, China, Australia and elsewhere. Annual sales totaled 3.2 billion in the year that ended in October 2015. Komatsu President and Chief Executive Officer Tetsuji Ohashi told a news conference on Thursday that he was bullish about future demand for mining commodities, particularly given increased population growth in developing countries. The business situation for the mining machinery industry "will remain severe for the short term, but in the medium- to long-term, the future is bright," he said.


Zenkoji's chief priest, 82, denies sexual harassment of female staffer, refuses to step down

The Japan Times

NAGANO – The 82-year-old chief priest of prestigious Zenkoji Temple in the city of Nagano on Tuesday rebuffed claims that he made sexually explicit or discriminatory remarks to a female staffer. Gencho Komatsu, under pressure to step down for remarks he allegedly made to the female employee of the 14 century-old temple, told reporters the allegations against him are "completely false" and stressed he will not resign. Last month, chief priests of 25 Tendai Buddhist sect temples under Zenkoji's umbrella submitted a petition calling for Komatsu to quit. According to temple officials, Komatsu made discriminatory remarks about the female worker, who is in her 60s, to others around him, sexually harassed her and transferred her a different division of the temple. Zenkoji is jointly managed by two organizations.