Panasonic Develops an Automatic Dismantling System for Covers of Air Conditioner Outdoor Units to Improve the Recycling Process of Home Appliances

Panasonic Holdings Corporation (PHD) recently announced that its Manufacturing Innovation Division, in collaboration with Panasonic Eco Technology Kanto Co., Ltd. (PETEC Kanto) and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, has developed an automatic dismantling system for the covers of air conditioner outdoor units, as a part of its circular economy activities. The system includes automatic dismantling equipment that uses robots to dismantle the covers of air conditioner outdoor units, and a dismantling database that stores information required for dismantling.

Under its long-term environmental vision, Panasonic GREEN IMPACT (PGI), Panasonic Group is striving to reduce CO2 emissions through its business activities, with the aim to contribute to the betterment of people’s lives and to create a sustainable global environment. The development of this automatic dismantling system is a part of Panasonic’s initiatives to promote circular economy activities under PGI.