Company History

  • YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co.
    YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. Established as a limited partnership
    Founder: Daigoro Yasukawa
  • New Product
    New Product 3-phase Induction Motor
  • YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. Ltd. established
    YASKAWA Electric Manufacturing Co. Ltd. established
  • Supersynchronous Motor
    Supersynchronous Motor
  • Conveyor system
    Conveyor system Conveyor system adapted for small electronics and switches
  • New Product
    New Product Introduced VS motor
  • Technical tie-up with Brown, Boveri & Co, Ltd. Technical tie-up with Brown, Boveri & Co, Ltd. (Switzerland) for DC motors
  • Yukuhashi plant opened
  • Servomotors
    Servomotors "Minertia" DC servo motor developed
  • Kokura plant opened
  • First DC disc motor
  • Tokyo plant opened
  • New Product Cup-Motor – first DC servo drive with large capacity
  • YASKAWA Electric America, Inc.
    YASKAWA Electric America, Inc. YASKAWA Electric America, Inc. founded in Chicago
  • New Product Hard-wired NCs developed
  • Motor-driven Actuators Moto-Arm, Moto-Hand and Moto-Finger (motor-driven actuators)
  • Mechatronics “Mechatronics” – a term actually coined by a YASKAWA engineer
  • New Product SF6 gas rotary-arc load breakers developed
  • Nakama plant opened
  • Mechatronics
    Mechatronics Registration of the "Mechatronics" brand
  • New Product
    New Product Yasnac CNC system using microprocessors
  • New Product Domestic production of floppy disk drives started
  • New Product NC “YASNAC”, incorporating a microcomputer, developed
  • New Product
    New Product The "MOTOMAN-L10" vertically jointed, articulated type arcwelding robot with 10 kg payload introduced
  • New Product First company to develop vector control inverter
  • First MOTOMAN robot sold in Europe
  • Inception YASKAWA Electric Europe GmbH established
  • New Product First AC servo drive range for machine tool and robotic market
  • Deming Prize received
    Deming Prize received
  • Motoman Center opened
  • New Product First company to introduce fully digital controlled inverter drive
  • New Product Development of vacuum robots
  • New Technology YASKAWA first to implement IGBT modules into general purpose inverters
  • Power Distribution Equipment plant opened
  • MOTOMAN Inc.
    MOTOMAN Inc. MOTOMAN Inc. founded in the U.S.
  • New Product Robot used for maintenance on elevated power lines
  • New Product First fully digital AC servo drive with precise torque, speed, and position control
  • New Product Arc World, industry’s first, pre-engineered arc-welding solution
  • New Product Live-line maintenance robot developed
  • Corporate name changed to YASKAWA Electric Corporation
  • New Product
    New Product AC servo Σ (Sigma) series developed
  • New Product Σ-I Series – very compact amplifiers and motors
  • IACET accreditation
    IACET accreditation IACET accreditation for training programs (first accredited robot manufacturer)
  • YASKAWA Electric UK Ltd. established for local production of AC drives
  • New Product
    New Product MotoSim, industry’s first PC-based robot simulation and offline programming software
  • 1 million AC servomotors produced
    1 million AC servomotors produced
  • New Offices Shanghai Office and Beijing service centers established
  • New Technology
    New Technology Patent for multiple robot control
  • New Production Sites Local production of robots was first started in the USA and Sweden
  • New Technology First company to develop vector control inverters for general applications
  • New Manufacturing Sites General purpose AC drive manufacturing joint venture companies established in Shanghai and Malaysia
  • New Technology Development for commercialising superenergy-saving variable speed drive “VS-686SS5”
  • New Product Development of high-clean class “MOTOMAN CR series”
  • MOTOMAN production reached 50,000 mark
  • AC servo production reached 2 million mark
  • Joint Veture established for industrial drive systems with Siemens AG (Germany) in Japan.
  • New Technology First company to develop motor-friendly 3-level control general purpose inverter
  • Joint Venture of CNC systems with Siemens AG
  • New Product
    New Product Autosorter (TM), robotic test tube handling solution for clinical laboratories
  • AC servo production reached 3 million mark
  • 100,000
    100,000 100,000th MOTOMAN robot sold
  • The YASKAWA Solution Center established
  • Latest Generation
    Latest Generation Develop for commercialising the latest generation industrial robots (dual-arm robot & single-arm robot)
  • VIPA
    VIPA VIPA established as a division of YASKAWA Europe
  • ReWalk
    ReWalk Strategic partnership with ReWalk Robotics announced
  • The SWITCH
    The SWITCH YASKAWA acquires THE SWITCH, Finland
  • New controller generation DX200 New controller generation DX200 with integrated functional safety unit
  • Anniversary
    Anniversary 100 Years of YASKAWA
  • Wärtsilä’s marine power drives
    Wärtsilä’s marine power drives THE SWITCH acquires Wärtsilä’s marine power drives, Norway.