Manufacturing & Quality
Canon is committed to globally optimized production and proprietary manufacturing processes. We are continuously striving to raise quality and reduce costs through the evolution of our manufacturing capabilities. Today, with our latest manufacturing technologies and IT, we are also focusing on eliminating waste. Canon pursues “quality first” to be a brand that is trusted in all aspects of development, procurement, sales, service and support.
Automation and In-house Production
Canon produces such key devices and components as CMOS sensors in-house. We also conduct in-house production of manufacturing systems—such as automated assembly machines and processing machines—and the molds that enable us to produce original products. To produce high-quality products at efficient costs, we align key aspects of product development and manufacturing technologies, enabling us to maintain highly reliable automated production lines that can operate 24/7, all year long. Previously, we introduced fully automated production for toner cartridges. Now, we are undertaking full automation for the manufacturing of our cameras, too.
Globally Optimized Production
Canon has established a globally optimized production system in which we determine production locations based on a comprehensive examination of costs, taxes, logistics, procurement, labor and other factors. In Japan, we are increasing production through automation. In the United States and Europe, we are accelerating the localized production of consumables. And in emerging markets, we are boosting productivity by honing our employees’ skills. We aim to maximize the strengths of each region to produce high-quality products.
Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Advanced manufacturing technology is essential to the creation of Canon’s original products for markets worldwide. For our business, manufacturing technology has become as important as product development. To strengthen our manufacturing technology, we are developing more advanced and efficient production systems—such as automated assembly and high-precision processing machines—and new molds. With our in-house production of manufacturing systems and molds, we continuously strive to improve quality and reliability.
Canon conducts stringent testing to ensure that our products are safe and can be enjoyed with peace of mind. Our Tamagawa Office, our hub for quality control, has one of the largest and most advanced semi-anechoic chambers in Japan, enabling us to conduct in-house testing on large products. Our testing facilities are officially certified for noise, fire resistance and electromagnetic radiation testing. Based on our policy of pursuing “no claims, no trouble” products, we strive to maintain customer trust by delivering “Canon Quality.”
To advance our manufacturing structure, Canon honors our most skilled technicians. At our factories worldwide, we recognize employees who have contributed to Canon production through their skills and knowledge of assembly and component processing. These employees are awarded the title Meister. Employees who display transcendent skills earn the title Master Craftsman. These technicians are the vanguard of Canon’s superior manufacturing and play the important role of passing on their skills to the next generation.
Human Resources for Manufacturing
Canon conducts human resource training to nurture the skills of employees at our production sites worldwide. Our programs teach manufacturing techniques and craftsmanship—including hands-on practice—and educate employees with leadership potential in Canon management methods. To hone the technical skills of our employees in Japan, we participate in Japan’s National Skills Competition. The spirit of challenge that we cultivate through such activities can be found at Canon manufacturing sites around the world.
Fully Automated Manufacturing
In 2016, we established the Techno Wing R&D facility at Oita Canon to introduce fully automated manufacturing for digital cameras. This facility is the new hub of Canon R&D, pursuing superior manufacturing and product technologies. We are in the process of applying this full-automation technology at other Canon digital camera production sites and have an eye toward adapting it for printer manufacturing. Our aim is to establish a highly efficient manufacturing system.