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                   Icom Factory Tour
              Wakayama, Japan – November 5, 2010




                       Adam Farson VA7OJ
03-Feb-2011         NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                  1
                                  2010
APDXC and Icom
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!    Attendees at the Asia-Pacific DX Convention (APDXC 2010), held in Osaka,
     were invited to tour the Icom manufacturing plant in Wakayama, about 100
     km SW of Osaka. The tour took place on Friday, November 5, 2010.




03-Feb-2011            NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                      2
                                     2010
Icom and APDXC 2010

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!   Icom are the official sponsor of APDXC. Mr. Tokuzo Inoue, JA3FA,
    Founder and Chairman of Icom Inc., was the patron of APDXC 2010.




     In exalted company: Shigeru Ueda JO3BAV, the author, Mr. Inoue and Johnny Siu VR7XMC

03-Feb-2011                NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                                   3
                                         2010
A few facts
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!     Icom is a rare example of an electronics manufacturer that has not shifted production
      to lower cost countries, but kept its production base 100% in Japan. All Icom radios
      are built in Japan.

!     Main product lines are: land-mobile, amateur, marine (VHF & HF radios, radar),
      aeronautical (VHF) and wireless LAN.

!     The Wakayama Icom plant has an advanced production system to produce small
      volume/multi-model radio-communication products.

!     330 highly-trained production employees turn out 130,000 units/month in a highly-
      automated manufacturing facility.

!     The factory has eight automated production lines. A line can be switched from one
      product to another in as little as 5 to 12 minutes.

!     Icom’s R&D organization employs 270 engineers.

!     We were given free access to the assembly line area and allowed to take all the
      photographs we wanted.


    03-Feb-2011              NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                                 4
                                           2010
The Icom production facilities

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              We visited the Kinokawa factory.




03-Feb-2011      NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                     5
                               2010
Product showcase
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! Small product showcase in factory lobby.




 03-Feb-2011        NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                     6
                                  2010
Introductory talk
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!    The factory manager gave a short introductory presentation on Icom’s
     manufacturing capability and philosophy. The interpreter is to his left.




03-Feb-2011             NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                          7
                                      2010
Automated component
handling
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! All components, from grain-of-sand-sized SMT diodes to small
  integrated circuits, are delivered on Mylar tape spool cartridges.




03-Feb-2011         NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                   8
                                  2010
Typical main radio board

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        Once populated, the board will be separated from its surround
        and mounted on a chassis by robot machines.




03-Feb-2011           NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                        9
                                    2010
Overall view of production
   floor
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   !   The technician is loading a tape cartridge into a board-stuffing machine.

The steam-jets in the ceiling
maintain the correct humidity
level for ESD suppression.

The automated PCB stuffing
machines pick parts off the
tape, then place the parts on
the circuit board which has
previously been wiped with
solder paste.




   03-Feb-2011                  NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                10
                                              2010
Automated component handling
systems
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! Component tape reels are being loaded for Line 2.




03-Feb-2011        NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 11
                                 2010
A view of Lines 1 and 2

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On left: Inspection machine,
then a row of SMT board-
stuffing machines




      03-Feb-2011              NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 12
                                             2010
Rack of completed boards

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   The boards produced by
   the PCB-stuffing machines
   are loaded into racks that
   are delivered by robot carts
   to the correct position on
   the assembly lines.




03-Feb-2011                  NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 13
                                           2010
Real-time status displays

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                                              Line status display.


                                   Johnny VR2XMC at the line status
                                board. The displays show start & run
                                times, error counts, product model,
                                     line manager ID etc.

03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                           14
                            2010
Board-stuffing machine in action

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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 15
                            2010
Control computer for board line

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                                                       Panic button!




03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                      16
                            2010
X-ray board inspection machine –
    scans for soldering/assembly defects in multi-
    layer PCB’s.

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The machine is totally
enclosed in a leaden
cabinet.




    03-Feb-2011          NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 17
                                       2010
Mounted PCB inspection
machine
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                                         Inside detail showing board in test




03-Feb-2011     NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                             18
                              2010
Detail of anti-ESD steam jets

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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 19
                            2010
Automated HT assembly

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                       HT PCB
                       prior to
                       insertion
                       in auto-
                       assembly
                       machine.
                       Surrounds
                       will be cut
                       off.




                     HT PCB fed
                     into the
                     machine for
                     radio
                     assembly.




03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                      20
                            2010
“Come ride with us, Robbie.”

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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 21
                            2010
Anti-ESD vacuum cleaner
and completed PCBs awaiting their chassis

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03-Feb-2011     NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 22
                              2010
Final assembly area

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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 23
                            2010
Final test/inspection area

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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 24
                            2010
IC-718 front panels
awaiting mounting on radios

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03-Feb-2011     NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 25
                              2010
Chassis assembly robots:
loading and operating

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03-Feb-2011       NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 26
                                2010
A busy corner of the final
assembly/test area
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 27
                            2010
Final alignment of HT
chassis
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03-Feb-2011     NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November              28
                              2010
Final alignment bench
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 29
                            2010
IC-9100 chassis
partially assembled
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03-Feb-2011    NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 30
                             2010
IC-9100 chassis, rear view

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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 31
                            2010
IC-9100 chassis, front view

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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 32
                            2010
IC-9100 chassis:
sub-assemblies added
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 33
                            2010
IC-9100 front-panel mouldings

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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 34
                            2010
Chassis fan installation
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 35
                            2010
An RF test position
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 36
                            2010
Packaging area: individual radios are
packed in their cartons

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03-Feb-2011      NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                  37
                               2010
“Ship it, guys!”
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 38
                            2010
The package conveyor
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              Xcvr




                          Battery case




03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                      39
                            2010
Carton-sealing robot: sealed cartons
are loaded onto a mobile robot, which takes them
to the stockroom

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              Swiss NEMA (1948)



03-Feb-2011              NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                  40
                                       2010
The stockroom
(warehouse area)
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 41
                            2010
Related activities
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!    At the end of the tour, we were taken to Icom’s corporate HQ in downtown
     Osaka for a meeting with engineers and managers in the Amateur
     Products Division.

!    We were shown an exhibition of Icom products in the lobby, and then
     taken to a conference room where we viewed a presentation on Icom’s
     new RS-BA1 remote-control software suite. We also had an opportunity to
     participate in a Q&A session with Icom engineering staff.

!    Our day concluded with a superb welcoming party and buffet at
     International House, Osaka-Uehonmachi, hosted by Mr. Inoue.

!    The following Sunday, Johnny Siu VR2XMC and I attended an IC-9100
     Dealer Preview at Icom’s Nipponbashi office in central Osaka.



03-Feb-2011            NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                  42
                                     2010
Icom HQ, Osaka
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 43
                            2010
Lobby exhibit of Icom
products
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 44
                            2010
Part of Icom “mini-museum”
also in HQ lobby

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03-Feb-2011    NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 45
                             2010
In the conference room
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 46
                            2010
RS-BA1 slide showing remote control
via Internet

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03-Feb-2011    NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 47
                             2010
Johnny Siu VR2XMC operating
the IC-9100 at the Osaka Dealer Preview

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03-Feb-2011     NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 48
                              2010
“It’s my turn!”
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03-Feb-2011   NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 49
                            2010
RS-1BA Remote Control Suite
demo at the Osaka Dealer Preview

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03-Feb-2011       NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 50
                                2010
Thanks for watching!
Future presentation: “Japan”

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03-Feb-2011     NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November                 51
                              2010

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Icom radio Factory Tour 2010 by VA7OJ

  • 1. -•-• --•- - •• • • • • - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• Icom Factory Tour Wakayama, Japan – November 5, 2010 Adam Farson VA7OJ 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 1 2010
  • 2. APDXC and Icom -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! Attendees at the Asia-Pacific DX Convention (APDXC 2010), held in Osaka, were invited to tour the Icom manufacturing plant in Wakayama, about 100 km SW of Osaka. The tour took place on Friday, November 5, 2010. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 2 2010
  • 3. Icom and APDXC 2010 -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! Icom are the official sponsor of APDXC. Mr. Tokuzo Inoue, JA3FA, Founder and Chairman of Icom Inc., was the patron of APDXC 2010. In exalted company: Shigeru Ueda JO3BAV, the author, Mr. Inoue and Johnny Siu VR7XMC 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 3 2010
  • 4. A few facts -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! Icom is a rare example of an electronics manufacturer that has not shifted production to lower cost countries, but kept its production base 100% in Japan. All Icom radios are built in Japan. ! Main product lines are: land-mobile, amateur, marine (VHF & HF radios, radar), aeronautical (VHF) and wireless LAN. ! The Wakayama Icom plant has an advanced production system to produce small volume/multi-model radio-communication products. ! 330 highly-trained production employees turn out 130,000 units/month in a highly- automated manufacturing facility. ! The factory has eight automated production lines. A line can be switched from one product to another in as little as 5 to 12 minutes. ! Icom’s R&D organization employs 270 engineers. ! We were given free access to the assembly line area and allowed to take all the photographs we wanted. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 4 2010
  • 5. The Icom production facilities -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• We visited the Kinokawa factory. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 5 2010
  • 6. Product showcase -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! Small product showcase in factory lobby. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 6 2010
  • 7. Introductory talk -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! The factory manager gave a short introductory presentation on Icom’s manufacturing capability and philosophy. The interpreter is to his left. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 7 2010
  • 8. Automated component handling - • - • - - • - - •• • • • • - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! All components, from grain-of-sand-sized SMT diodes to small integrated circuits, are delivered on Mylar tape spool cartridges. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 8 2010
  • 9. Typical main radio board -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• Once populated, the board will be separated from its surround and mounted on a chassis by robot machines. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 9 2010
  • 10. Overall view of production floor - • - • - - • - - •• • • • • - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! The technician is loading a tape cartridge into a board-stuffing machine. The steam-jets in the ceiling maintain the correct humidity level for ESD suppression. The automated PCB stuffing machines pick parts off the tape, then place the parts on the circuit board which has previously been wiped with solder paste. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 10 2010
  • 11. Automated component handling systems -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! Component tape reels are being loaded for Line 2. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 11 2010
  • 12. A view of Lines 1 and 2 -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• On left: Inspection machine, then a row of SMT board- stuffing machines 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 12 2010
  • 13. Rack of completed boards -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• The boards produced by the PCB-stuffing machines are loaded into racks that are delivered by robot carts to the correct position on the assembly lines. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 13 2010
  • 14. Real-time status displays -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• Line status display. Johnny VR2XMC at the line status board. The displays show start & run times, error counts, product model, line manager ID etc. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 14 2010
  • 15. Board-stuffing machine in action -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 15 2010
  • 16. Control computer for board line -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• Panic button! 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 16 2010
  • 17. X-ray board inspection machine – scans for soldering/assembly defects in multi- layer PCB’s. -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• The machine is totally enclosed in a leaden cabinet. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 17 2010
  • 18. Mounted PCB inspection machine - • - • - - • - - •• • • • • - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• Inside detail showing board in test 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 18 2010
  • 19. Detail of anti-ESD steam jets -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 19 2010
  • 20. Automated HT assembly -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• HT PCB prior to insertion in auto- assembly machine. Surrounds will be cut off. HT PCB fed into the machine for radio assembly. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 20 2010
  • 21. “Come ride with us, Robbie.” -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 21 2010
  • 22. Anti-ESD vacuum cleaner and completed PCBs awaiting their chassis -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 22 2010
  • 23. Final assembly area -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 23 2010
  • 24. Final test/inspection area -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 24 2010
  • 25. IC-718 front panels awaiting mounting on radios -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 25 2010
  • 26. Chassis assembly robots: loading and operating -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 26 2010
  • 27. A busy corner of the final assembly/test area -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 27 2010
  • 28. Final alignment of HT chassis - • - • - - • - - •• • • • • - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 28 2010
  • 29. Final alignment bench -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 29 2010
  • 30. IC-9100 chassis partially assembled -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 30 2010
  • 31. IC-9100 chassis, rear view -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 31 2010
  • 32. IC-9100 chassis, front view -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 32 2010
  • 33. IC-9100 chassis: sub-assemblies added -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 33 2010
  • 34. IC-9100 front-panel mouldings -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 34 2010
  • 35. Chassis fan installation -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 35 2010
  • 36. An RF test position -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 36 2010
  • 37. Packaging area: individual radios are packed in their cartons -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 37 2010
  • 38. “Ship it, guys!” -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 38 2010
  • 39. The package conveyor -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• Xcvr Battery case 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 39 2010
  • 40. Carton-sealing robot: sealed cartons are loaded onto a mobile robot, which takes them to the stockroom -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• Swiss NEMA (1948) 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 40 2010
  • 41. The stockroom (warehouse area) -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 41 2010
  • 42. Related activities -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• ! At the end of the tour, we were taken to Icom’s corporate HQ in downtown Osaka for a meeting with engineers and managers in the Amateur Products Division. ! We were shown an exhibition of Icom products in the lobby, and then taken to a conference room where we viewed a presentation on Icom’s new RS-BA1 remote-control software suite. We also had an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Icom engineering staff. ! Our day concluded with a superb welcoming party and buffet at International House, Osaka-Uehonmachi, hosted by Mr. Inoue. ! The following Sunday, Johnny Siu VR2XMC and I attended an IC-9100 Dealer Preview at Icom’s Nipponbashi office in central Osaka. 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 42 2010
  • 43. Icom HQ, Osaka -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 43 2010
  • 44. Lobby exhibit of Icom products -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 44 2010
  • 45. Part of Icom “mini-museum” also in HQ lobby -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 45 2010
  • 46. In the conference room -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 46 2010
  • 47. RS-BA1 slide showing remote control via Internet -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 47 2010
  • 48. Johnny Siu VR2XMC operating the IC-9100 at the Osaka Dealer Preview -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 48 2010
  • 49. “It’s my turn!” -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 49 2010
  • 50. RS-1BA Remote Control Suite demo at the Osaka Dealer Preview -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 50 2010
  • 51. Thanks for watching! Future presentation: “Japan” -•-• --•- - •• • ••• - • - - • •• - • ••• • -• 03-Feb-2011 NSARC - ICOM Factory Tour, November 51 2010