Nov 4, 2010

Kineo CAM establishes an office in Japan

KYOTO, Japan : Kineo CAM, a software components provider for collision detection and automatic path planning establishes an office in Kyoto, Japan. The French software editor incorporated in 2000 as a spin-off company of the national public research laboratory LAAS-CNRS has chosen to open its first foreign office in Japan. Kineo CAM is a Small-Medium Enterprise recognized as a specialist in software for motion planning and collision avoidance; the company delivers its solutions on a worldwide basis and in Japan since 2006.

Since then, a dozen of large Japanese organizations have been using Kineo CAM’s software technology for which the local demand is growing. By opening this office, the company intends to come closer to its current customers while intensifying its penetration in the proven market of manufacturing robotics as well as in the emerging servicing robotics market.

“We are happy to see that Kineo has come closer to us geographically; it could help in distributing more rapidly and broadly their software” says Dr. Eng. Yutaka Hirano, Chief Technologist, Project General Manager at Future Project Division of Toyota Motor Corporation.

In operation since last July, Kineo CAM in Japan has already signed a prospect in a new sector – special robots in the semi-conductor market; who has just invested in automatic path planning software to avoid collisions for its equipments.

“Our mission in Japan consists in supporting our local partners, mainly in automotive and aerospace markets but also to increase the number of software integrations with software developers, original robot manufacturers and Japanese research labs in robotics” explains Sébastien Malbranche, VP Sales and Marketing.
Sébastien Malbranche returns to Japan where he spent almost three years in Tokyo, Osaka and Sendai as a visiting researcher then as a humanoid robotics specialist in the early 2000s.

“I’m delighted with this decision as it has been our wish for the past one or two years; it will ease our business and technical relationships” expresses Dr. Eng. Eiichi Yoshida, Co-Director of the Japanese – French Joint Robotics Laboratory, CNRS-AIST UMI3218/CRT established in 2008.

Kineo Computer Aided Motion “Kineo CAM” is the independent software developer of the leading technology for Automatic Motion and Path Planning, KineoWorksTM.

Being focused on the development of unmatched efficient solutions, Kineo CAM addresses large companies and institutions in the United States, Europe and Japan.

The main market of Kineo CAM is Mechanical Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing. In this area, the large range of solutions, from stand-alone to fully integrated software, enables users to save money, shorten development time and increase quality in Product Design (validation of mechanical mounting/dismounting) and Process (simulation of operations in cluttered 3D environments).

Kineo CAM is the winner of the national contest of innovation from the Ministry of Research and Technology (2000), received the IEEE/IFR Innovation Award for Outstanding Achievements in Commercializing Innovative Robot and Automation technology (2005), winner of the 2007 Innovation ICT Prize from the European Commission and the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies & Engineering, and the regional Midi-Pyrénées Innovation and International award. Kineo CAM was awarded by Daratech, the title of emerging technology at the Daratech SUMMIT2006 with eight other innovative American companies.