“Observe, Learn, and Use” High reliability achieved by analysis technologies
left: Image of atomic arrangement in a semiconductor device, right: X-ray CT image of a semiconductor package
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted at a United Nations Summit, consist of 17 goals and 169 targets for issues that must be solved by the global community. The 17 goals address global issues, such as eradicating poverty and hunger, taking action against climate change, ensuring gender equality, offering education, and promoting well-being. “Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure” (SDG 9) is one of these goals. It aims to build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation. It is safe to say that this is the mission of all manufacturing companies. There is much to be done in promoting and expanding sustainability and technology innovation.
Since its founding, the Sumitomo Electric Group has offered various infrastructure products to society. Its business operations have been underpinned by a sense of awareness and mission to contribute to society and commitment to technology innovation to achieve high product reliability. The efforts to develop these advanced products and technologies have been achieved by analysis technologies to “observe, learn, and use"; namely, to probe into root causes and solve issues in manufacturing operations. Continuous evolution and advancement of analysis technologies serve as the foundation to firmly support the Sumitomo Electric Group’s manufacturing operations and produce highly reliable infrastructure products needed by society. These initiatives are in sync with the SDGs and contribute significantly to realizing a carbon neutral (decarbonized) society, which the Japanese government aims to achieve by 2050. This article explores analysis technologies, which represent Sumitomo Electric Group’s expertise, and explains specific efforts.