|Canon assembly line in Kyushu, Japan|
Engineers in the Canon factory located in Oita Prefecture, Kyushu, Japan, took Exposure Magazine and other journalists from Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan for a tour of the production facility recently.
The visitors were shown the production line of the Canon EOS-6D, the most compact and lightest full-frame camera in the world needs only 40 minutes to assemble. The manufacturing line at the factory consists of 15 tables combining men and machines in the working process.
Mr. Mitsuo Mashiko, General Manager at the Oita facility, greeted all the journalists and accompanied them for lunch and the factory tour. Table #1 in the assembly line is where CMOS sensors are installed. Additional parts and assemblies are put together on other tables. At Table #7, screws are inserted and tightened automatically. The automation of screw installation is an innovation by Oita team members. Workers at Table #9 are assigned to final inspection, to make sure there are no dust and defects on the cameras. Various inspections continue until Table #15, where the EOS-6D cameras are finally packaged and ready for shipment.
An unmanned vehicle resembling a walking rack, containing various camera components moved and stopped automatically around the assembly cells. The vehicle was the result of a drive to further automate the production process. “Every camera is tested, before being packaged and shipped,” said Ishikawa Yasumi, Manager of the Assembly Department.
All cameras have to pass electronic, mechanical and photographic tests before shipment. Mr. Yashumi showed the journalists a video on automation to test the function of buttons on the cameras. There was another video showing further tests for light metering accuracy. Behind the assembly area of the EOS-6D, the same production process applies to the manufacturing of the EOS-5D Mk III, EOS-7D, EOS-M and other camcorders.
The EOS-6D is the smallest and lightest, full frame DSLR camera on the market today. It is a good camera for those who want to enter the world of digital, full frame photography. You can read my posts analyzing the EOS-6D on my Blog and see photos taken with the camera on my website MichaelDanielHo.com