Exhibitors at the April-May special exhibition of the e-Net Cross-Industry group explained their products at April 23 Cafe Meeting.

●Activity report – e Net Group

The e- Net group is trying to establish the new distribution channel bypassing middlemen. Six companies explained their product feature.

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●Physiotherapy –  OSHIMA MEDICAL INDUSTRIES Co., Ltd.

Oshima manufactures various equipment for physiotherapy to be used at medical institutions or nursing homes. Their goal is to  build a hospitable physiotherapy stimulating an acupuncture point or a muscle for healing. Displaying a bed-type massager providing rolling, massaging and vibrating, and a low frequency electric therapy equipment.

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● Kneading technology – YAMAMORI CORPORATION

By kneading pigment and functionality materials into silicone rubber Yamamori develops and manufactures the suitable product to fit to customer’s need. Their product offers varies functions from antimicrobial, deodorization and disinfestation by use of micro capsules. Additionally they produce cosmetic product using moisture-retaining function of the skin, called “An angel’s heal” or “Foot sole beauty”.

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●Oxidation ability - ACURUSU CORPORATION

One of their business category is to develop the branded product applying oxidation function. O3 discharged by the Ozoniser is effective for deodorization and disinfestation with a blanket smell by hanging it outside in the sun. Acurusu develops application of non-woven fabrics with deodorization for medical market.

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●Machining tools – OONISHI CO., LTD.

Under a brand name TOOL ONE, Oonishi develops suitable tools for rough machining. And their tooling is available through an online sale system, called MONO PRO.

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●Laser machining – IMAICHI FABRICATION

“ICHI! both for a name and processing” is a corporate catch phrase (Ichi means No.1 in Japanese). They are trying to shape customer’s wish by laser processing machines and develop products for B2B and B2C market.

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●Machined Prototype – INOUE MOKEI CO., LTD.

Inoue integrates a 5-axis control machine with a 3D printer and makes it possible to machine a complicated fabrication and a curved or a spherical surface of aluminum. Other than their main business – automobiles, they develop a children’s artificial heart model in a medical market, an implant jig in a dental market, a thinner wall parts for a communication devices in a plane and etc.

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The next MOBIO Cafe Meeting is by three exhibitors.

Send your registration in Japanese from here.
Schedule: May 15 from 18:00 at the MOBIO technology hall

Four exhibitors at the April-May special exhibition by the Cross-Industry group explained their products on April 9 Cafe Meeting.

MOBIO is the place to go for industry young executives.

1) Activity report  – OPM (Osaka Product Manufacturing meeting)

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As an activity at OPM the senior managers study hard. As a cross-industry group they participate in study seminars or major trade shows.

2) Partial hardening without product deformation – FUJI HIGH FREQUENCY CO., LTD.

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Presentation                                                                               Deformation(Left: Laser beam       Right: Induction)

Utilizing expertise for induction hardening, FUJI’s laser beam hardening requires no aftertreatment and provides short delivery at reduced cost. Even thin wall parts of precision and complicated components can be hardened when thickness were less than 1 mm, and will be assembled in the new structure that was impossible to make.

3) Machine every retainable works -UMEDA TEKKOUSHO CO., LTD.

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Presentation                                                                                                           Precision machined parts

UMEDA is capable to materialize surface flatness and parallelism at the level of 1 micron or less by machinning, grinding and wire-EDM. They even respond to an individual difference of the work and are planning to develop an equipment unit studying whole process from product design to  product assembly.

4) Providing solution to customers – KINUKAWA FASTENER CO., LTD.

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Presentation                                                                                                             Bicycle parts

KINUKAWA is running mass production of starndard fasteners, pecial fasteners and bicycle parts. They provide one stream services from cold forging, machinning, drilling, tapping, milling, grinding and to assemblying.

5) Varibale manufacturing for small to large quantity – AOTANI INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.

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Presentation                                                                                        Up to customer ( by laser or stamping)

AOTANI is in a position to proposes suitable manufacturing process considering the volume of quantity, such as small quantity is by laser cutting and large quantity is by stamping;  to prepare the mold for large quantity and not for small quantity. They can change its process at the start-up time and at the mass production stage. Using wide variety of  machinery thier new technology is applied for combined processing (stamping with machinning).

The next MOBIO Cafe Meeting is by e-Net group. Send your registration in Japanese from here.

Schedule: April 23 from 18:00 at the MOBIO technology hall

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CEO Izumi is holding a technology presentation kit of “PCD die cutting blades”. The kit is consisted of an actual product and graphics effectively and is called as “Lunch Box” internally.

Find out why and how presidents of MOBIO exhibitors have started “INNOVATION and CHALLENGE” through the special interview. No.36 is Mr. Izumi *** SHIN-NIHON TECH INC. ***

– Super-precision mold parts, Super-precision press and plastic molds

●Why Izumi started “Sushi-shop” type manufacturing

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(“Sushi-shop” type manufacturing concept display, indicating the corporate goal to provide the latest technology quickly.)

Immediately after Izumi became the CEO, he experienced the global economy crash- an economic downturn precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. Izumi commented, “We came to notice a structural problem at our main business sector – consumer electronics market. Even the market prevailing technology or product immediately and drastically corrupted like a digital steel camera was replaced by a smartphone. And its change affected our mold business. Then I came to know that we needed to transform our business style to focus technology and change management flexibly by identifying the real needs in the latest market. That is exactly how Sushi-shops in Japan are operating. So I started to establish ‘Sushi-shop’ manufacturing operation at Shin-Nihon Tech. Inc.”

That is his “INNOVATION and CHALLENGE”.

●Developed the unconventional PCD mold to prolong the life

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(Shin-Nihon Tech’s advantage is capability to manufacture molds made of ceramics (harder than cemented carbide), CBN (cubic boron nitride) and  sintered diamond.)

Izumi considered the operational solution in manufacturing as their target market. Firstly he started to study the most demanded issue, long-life mold. His material choice was PCD that is much harder than prevailing Cemented Carbide.

However he needed to solve major issues at PCD usage; 1) Harder in machining 2) High temperature degradation 3) Incapability of electrical machining. When Izumi noticed it was too much for them to manage by themselves, he decided to utilize administrative information network and participated in the “Strategic Core Technology Advancement Program”. Throughout the project he has received technological suggestions from specialists in several fields and finally succeeded in product development.

Izumi said, “A PCD mold life is longer by 50 times than that of a normal mold at the cost of three times more than the normal one. I firmly believe this is the only way to survive in the competitive market avoiding price only business by improving operational solution technology to customers. Its work  is unrefined but cannot be replaced by machines.”

Through PCD development, he noticed effectiveness of collaboration with universities and institutions using the governmental assistant framework. It was his starting point to strive for development of  the new elemental technology to respond to the market voices; “Gee, we could have such a solution!”.

●New Technology is a Spice that Enriches the Main Meal (core business)

Applying their expertise on diamond processing,  “PCD die cutting blade” has been appreciated as the better tool to cut super-hard composite materials such as cemented carbide and SiC without lack or mindering and been awarded in 2012 as “Superior SME Technological Product” by the government of Japan.

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PCD blade            PCD blade tip         Available width of cutting edge is less than 10μm

(The blade is convenient to SMEs because it fits to any existing equipment to save unnecessary expense)

“Laser processing of slug pulling prevention” has been commended as an excellent manufacturing award 2011 by the government of Japan, that reduced slugs in stamping operation, cut down a deformation defect ratio to 1/9. It assisted to mold maintenance time reduction drastically to have improved productivity.

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(Slug pulling prevention)                                                        (SN fluorine coating)

Their solution business expanded from  SN fluorine coating (the original fluorine coating adds non-adhesion, water-repellency and oil-repellency to products), Cold sprue bushing (the original sprue bushing improves production performance of small and thin plastic molding) and  Thermal insulation hat (the part saves energy consumption).

Izumi considers these new technologies are side lines as the spice to the meal. “Our core business is mold manufacturing. The new business shares only ten percent of turnover. However it is very important and necessary item like a spice to enrich a meal. Its spice assisted our core business to differentiate from competitors. It’s small but smart,” Izumi said.

●Find the constellation

Solving various issues with the cooperation of specialists and researchers Izumi feels importance of encounter more keenly than before. “When I meet the person who has similar issues and is making all possible effort to solve, I will have some sense of that person who may know something. Once I ask such a person, suddenly I come to know the totally new way to settle the matter. It is like to identify the constellation in the dark night out of many stars and is so impressive for me. That’s why I love manufacturing business. I wish I could continue to work for holding proudly what I have done”, Izumi said.

Interviewed on March 11, 2014

 

Two groups will display their latest technology at the MOBIO hall.

Period: April 10 to May 28

14 companies from OPM group and e-Net Group will participate in the exhibition for two months.

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At the annex booth in the Osaka city, the MOBIO exhibitor, Maruemu displayed their new product for the medical field

to draw people’s attention. It is the orthodontic wire.

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