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History of Industry Business

1972 — Digital Electron Corporation was founded in Osaka, Japan, and started manufacturing and selling electronic equipment.
1974 — Changed the company name to Digital Electronics Corporation.
1980 — Opened the head factory in Osaka, Japan.
1981 — Developed a dedicated computer for a dental office.
1983 — Developed the DP Series, an intelligent programming-free color graphics terminal.
1988 — Established the Nanko Office in Osaka, Japan.
1989 — Developed the GP Series, the world’s first programmable display (HMI).
1990 — Started a telephone technical support service.
— Established INDE Electronics, Inc., a development center, in Canada.
1991 — Developed the PL Series, the world’s first panel computer.
1992 — The Nanko Office started functioning as the head office in Osaka, Japan.
1993 — Launched the GP-230 Series, the industry’s first mid-sized QVGA LCD HMI.
1995 — Established Pro-face Korea Co., Ltd. in Seoul, South Korea.
— Started holiday telephone technical support.
— Launched the GP70 Series, the industry’s first HMI with a 32-bit RISC chip.
1996 — Established Pro-face Europe B.V. in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
— Received ISO 9001 certification, the international standard for quality management.
— Developed the industry’s first HMI with controller.
1997 — Registered with the Japan Securities Dealers Association as an OTC stock.
— Developed the industry’s first Windows-compatible screen editing software.
1998 — Established the Izumi Development Office in Osaka, Japan.
1999 — Entered into a “Windows CE System Integrator” contract with Microsoft Corporation.
2000 — Launched the GP2000 Series, IT HMI, and a new technology which allows for displaying its screens over the Internet.
— Launched the PS Series Panel Computer with Windows CE installed.
2001 — Launched the LT Series, HMI with controller.
— Established Wuxi Pro-face Electronics Co., Ltd. in Wuxi, China.
2002 — Launched «Otasuke Pro!,» Pro-face technical support website.
— Entered into a capital tie-up with Schneider Electric S.A.
2003 — Launched the ST Series, small HMI for the market of small-sized graphic operator interface.
2004 — Received ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems.
2005 — Launched the GP3000 Series, HMI supporting multimedia.
2006 — Complied with the European RoHS directive to eliminate hazardous substances on all Pro-face models..
— Upgraded «GP-Pro EX,» HMI screen editor software, to support all 3000 Series.
2007 — Opened a sales office in India, as part of a full-scale expansion into the BRIC countries.
— Provided AEDs at all sales offices in Japan and first aid seminars as part of a health and safety campaign.
2008 — Fully introduced corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and “Table For Two” (food assistance) and Eco-cap campaigns.
— Launched the PL-3900T Series, an industrial personal computer with 19-inch screen.
— Received international marine certification for 6 models of the GP3000 Series.
— Joined «Green University of Tokyo Project» organized by the Faculty of Engineering of The University of Tokyo to reduce CO2 emissions from university facilities through visualization with HMI.
2009 — Launched the GP-3300U Series, low-light-reflection, ultra high-brightness HMI.
— Launched the GP4100 Series, compact high-performance HMI.
2010 — Launched «Pro-POP FI», POP (Point of Production) Information management system for Food traceability.
— Launched «DOCTORGP», Diagnosis system in manufacturing.
— Opened «Digital Customer Support Center» to unify all services for inquiries from customer.
— Launched 12.1-inch class of Low Light-Reflection and Ultra-High Brightness Models; Sharp visibility in well-lit locations.
— Launched Wireless Power Monitor; Visualize wasted electricity and save energy.
— Added large, 12.1″ display that provides optimal performance in direct sunlight to low-reflectance, high-luminance series.
2011 — Merged with Arrow Co., Ltd., retaining existing company name of Digital Electronics Corporation.
— Opened further two Sales offices, «Delhi Gurgaon Office «and «Pune Office», in India.
— Opened Pro-face Singapore Office in Pro-face South-east Asia Pacific area.
— Launched «PS-4000B»; Industrial Built-in Computer, with High-Speed CPU, Newest OS and Interface.
— Launched the programmable GP4000 Series display, which uses up to 84% less power than previous Pro-face models.
2012 — Launched the industrial computer PS4000 Series.
— The 40th year in business
— Launched the EZ Series that connect to programmable HMI via a USB connection and allow setting changes on HMI.
2013 — Launched Pro-face Remote HMI, production site remote monitoring software for smartphones and tablets.
— Cumulative sales of HMI in the world exceeded 3,000,000 units.
— Launched the LT4000M Series, a modular-type HMI + Control that can be installed in a ø22 mm circular hole.
2014 — Opened a Pro-face Indonesia office in the Indonesian capital Jakarta.
— Launched «PE4000 Series»; an embedded industrial computer, 60% smaller by volume than the previous ones.
— Launched the new interface terminal, SP5000 Series.
— Relocated our head office to Kitahama, Osaka City.
2015 — Launched «SP5000 Series», Wireless LAN model.
— Launched «PS5000 Series», the highest performance industrial PC.
2016 — Launched compact high-performance HMI, «GP4100 Series», color display model.
— Launched full lineup of «PS5000 Series», the highest perfomance industrial PC.
— Launched handheld HMI «GP4000H Series»
2017 — Merged with Schneider Electric Japan Holdings Ltd., retaining existing company name of Schneider Electric Japan Holdings Ltd.