Japan Playing With Yen


Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzō Abe, has been on a mission to reinvigorate the Japanese economy since he took office in 2012. He’s been working on putting some economic theories into play to bring foreign business back to the island nation by dropping the value of the yen intentionally. As commerce grows cheaper in Japan, the idea is that global companies looking for the best technology at lower costs will flock to Japan to get what they need. So far, it’s working and even automation industry experts are saying Japan’s technology is seeing a resurgence.

Japanese servomotor and servo drive companies aren’t as well known as their German counterparts, like Rexroth and Siemens, but it might just be a matter of time before their technologies start to move on up the food chain. We still believe, however, that Rexroth makes some of the best and most reliable servos on the market and that’s why we choose to work with Rexroth and Indramat servos instead of another brand.

Indramat, which is now part of Rexroth, made some of the most reliable servomotors on the market before Rexroth bought the Indramat company. Many of the original Indramat units are just starting to have issues now—often thirty years after they were installed. In terms of reliability, it’s mind-boggling to think of a motor working nearly non-stop for three decades but that’s exactly what Indramat and Rexroth strove for years ago and what they continue to strive for today.

If you’re having issues with your servomotors or servo drives, don’t throw in the towel and decide to “update” to a Japanese technology just yet. While it might be cheaper now because of exchange values of dollars to yen, you might find that your Rexroth and Indramat servos are much better quality. Instead of tossing the baby out with the bathwater, give us a call and see if we can solve your problems before spending money on replacing entire segments of your technology.

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