Feb. 26, 2019

SOSiLA Robot Studio Osaka opened—Showcasing cutting-edge logistics automation equipment and systems at SOSiLA Nishiyodogawa II

Sumitomo Corporation invited clients to a preview of its SOSiLA Nishiyodogawa II facility from February 6 to 8, 2019. At the same time, the SOSiLA Robot Studio@ SOSiLA Nishiyodogawa II (hereafter, “Robot Studio Osaka”) was also opened for a limited period to showcase the latest logistics equipment.

At Robot Studio Osaka, the Company presented a wide variety of cutting-edge logistics equipment and systems for product storage, automated mobility and labor saving. On display were mainly Robotics products and AI/IoT technologies offered by the Sumitomo Corporation Group’s SMFL Rental Company (Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Group) and Sumitomo Shoji Machinex along with explanations on each device and system as well as how they are actually employed at SOSiLA Nishiyodogawa II.

In recent years, e-commerce business and retailers have dramatically enhanced their service quality through corporate efforts, which means that they are demanding logistics services of a higher standard. Meanwhile, labor shortages and a growing momentum for work style reform in Japan are driving up costs. Accordingly, logistics facilities are tasked with helping logistics services improve their service quality and further streamline their work environment.

Interior of SOSiLA Nishiyodogawa II. Tenants are currently solicited for 50% of the total space.

Sumitomo Corporation regards logistics properties as the fourth pillar of its real estate business, following office buildings, retail facilities and condominiums, and started developing a series of cutting-edge logistics facilities under the brand name SOSiLA in 2014. Giving ample consideration to local communities, the Company has developed logistics facilities in urban areas to shorten truck transportation distances and delivery lead times as well as improve the work environment. In addition, we addressed the needs of a wide range of customers by offering diverse functions at the facilities. Starting with Robot Studio Osaka, we intend to offer our customers reinforced support in their efforts to improve the quality of their logistics services, not only through our facilities, but also the convenient “soft” functions they provide.

Sumitomo Corporation will consolidate its integrated corporate strength to continue providing SOSiLA logistics facilities that optimally address the changing needs of tenants.

All preview event staff gathered together for a snapshot. Takuma Sasako of the Real Estate Investment & Development Dept. (front row, middle) says, “We are working to tackle logistics challenges and drive further efficiency. By providing close support to our customers, we hope to serve as the linchpin of people’s lives.”
AutoStore robot storage system imported and sold by Okamura Corporation. By using robots to process the densely stacked containers, the system saves both space and labor while achieving enhanced speed.
Magic Rack® high density deep storage system manufactured by Sumitomo Heavy Industries Material Handling Systems with its unique storage method, the system effectively uses every inch of warehouse space.
Sharp Corporation’s automatic guided vehicle (AGV) rented out by SMFL Rental. The product can be used in coordination with management systems and run without guidance.
THOUZER, the tracking transportation robot made by NIDEC-SHIMPO, is rented out by SMFL Rental. The robot is capable of following a worker.
Toshiba Tec’s radio frequency identification (RFID) solution supplied by Sumitomo Shoji Machinex. The solution contributes to enhancing work efficiency in manufacturing, logistics and sales settings by reducing operation time and alleviating the burden on workers.
ATOUN MODEL Y is a powered suit manufactured by ATOUN. Rented out by SMFL Rental, the device alleviates the burden placed on the wearer’s lower back, helping improve the warehouse work environment.