History of supporting manufacturing(early 1980s-)
From design support systems
The history of B-EN-G started with the development of our own CAD system in the early 1980s when we were a division of Toyo Engineering Corporation.
The construction of large-scale plants such as chemical plants and oil refineries required the creation of many design drawings. Within these drawings, various kinds of pipes with diameters ranging from a few centimeters to over a meter needed to be organized and set out so that they did not hinder the movement of people and things. To support this design and material aggregation, we used an information system. That was when we developed our CAD system.
We utilized our expertise in building this kind of CAD system later on in our customers' systems as CAD systems for materials manufacturers and BOM management systems for homebuilders.
Toward the era of FA & CIM
Also in the 1980s, the manufacturing industry was entering a period of increasing automation of manufacturing facilities. This was the era of FA (Factory Automation). Previously, as an engineering company, we had carried out plant construction by integrating different manufacturing facilities. Now, as information systems improved, computers also spread to the manufacturing floor where they did tasks such as work instructions and collecting on-site data. The installation of computers on-site contributed greatly to our integrated manufacturing management including automated equipment.
Next, from the further development of FA came the idea of CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing). CIM is a system that can quickly respond to changes in market conditions by integrating the various departments for design, manufacturing and sales via a computer system. Constructing CIM requires knowledge on an equipment and control level, knowledge on a working level such as production and sales management, and knowledge about not only computer software but also network and database technology.
In this way, we have provided support in the FA/CIM field to our customers from the manufacturing industry, focusing on "integrated management" that was too difficult for machine manufacturers to do alone.