Technological exhibition held
Top authorities in various fields examine R&D innovations at the Technological Exhibition.
Company uses opportunity to gauge public opinion and needs
The Japanese economy had entered a new growth period in the latter half of the 1960s. Panasonic made great strides in every area, but especially in terms of technological development. The company had marked its 50th anniversary by developing new technologies and innovative new products, many at the leading edge of international technology.
The company felt that consumer input about these pioneering projects would be essential to convert them from laboratory demonstrations into practical product and system applications. So the company opened the Hall of Science and Technology Museum in April 1989 in the western building of the Central Research Laboratories, and in September sponsored the first Panasonic's Technological Exhibition In Tokyo.
Hall of Science and Technology at the Central Research Laboratories.
With a focus on electronics, the five-day event had exhibits of raw materials, components, equipment and systems in 56 booths, including a number of live demonstrations. The exhibition was visited by more than 15,000 people, including academics, government officiate, researchers from major industries, journalists and prominent individuals.
The most popular exhibits were a facsimile machine for home use, a futuristic wall-mounted TV with an electroluminescent display, PCM piezoelectric devices and MPS diodes.
Several technology exhibitions were held in subsequent years. These helped to enhance public awareness of Panasonic as a high-technology company. In 1981, the company sponsored a well-received technology exhibition in Chicago under the theme of "Stronger Friendship through Electronics."
Innovative Product: Fully-automated component insertion machine "Panasert"
This machine represented the start in 1969 of automated electronic mounting devices and components in Japan, the foundation for the company's business in mounting machines.
The original random access system was improved and became a direct random access system, in which taping was transferred to the insertion head so that a component was inserted without being freed. This made for rapid progress in the mounting tact time and the reliability. The system became the leader in the field of mounting machines.