The meeting started from test driving of the EV Car and the Power-Assisted Tricycle informing another technology by Tohoku companies.

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The car kit consisted of 100 parts                                              The cargo cart at factory site

Following to test run, 12 companies participated in Tohoku Special Exhibition explained their technology to companies in Osaka.

◆◇ Tohoku Companies ◆◇

<Part I> Presentation

1. Ishimura Industry Co., Ltd.: Iron Stove

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Using wood pellet it burns more than eight hours without emitting a streak of smoke due to pyrolysis gasification.

2. Eiwa Corporation: New Cobalt Alloy

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Cobarion, the new cobalt-chromium alloy, shows superiority at is abrasion resistance property.
3. Fe-Nix Corporation: Large Iron Bolts

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Hot forged special large bolts to be used as anchor bolts for fish farms and  improvement works of port facilities.

4. Yamagishi Industry: Hybrid Emergency Generators

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Hybrid Emergency Generators to be operated by gas and/or LPG as power back up.

5. OIGEN Foundry Co., Ltd: Cast Iron Pans

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Bare iron pan, “NakedPan “, to be free from chemical materials
6. Sasaki Print Ltd.: Mount-Sheet-Less Seal Label

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Non-board labels and joint labels to save paper materials
7. MODI Corporation: Electric Model Car

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The electric model car kit to study next‐generation vehicle parts at colleges and institutions.
8. Aizu Kojyo Co.Ltd.: H-Process Casting System

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Horizontal controlled flow pouring process to result in thin-wall and light weight parts
9. Tamagawa Engineering Co., Ltd.: Radio Frequency Heating Apparatus

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The Compact  radio frequency heating apparatus
10. TOHOKU RHYTHM Co., Ltd.: Plastic Injection Mold

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Precision Parts to be installed in watches and cameras
11. JUKI AIZU CORPORATION: Lost Wax Casting

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Metallic powder injection molding and lost wax casting process
12. AKATSUKI-SEIKI CO.,LTD.: Machining and Heat Treatment

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Lathe cutting of high hardness steel

<Part II Gathering>

All participants were energetic at the cross-industry meeting. Through open discussion over drinks close tie was created between Tohoku and Osaka.

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Special exhibition continues till August 28. Drop by MOBIO to find technology born in Tohoku!

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Tohoku companies met Osaka companies. Through hands-on discussion another link might have been established.

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On August 5 the next MOBIO Cafe meeting will be held by participants of M-TECH trade fair in June. Join the meeting and find out “Osaka’s Tech surprise”.

VE specialist toured the MOBIO Tech Hall and discussed exhibitors from VE point of view on July 17.

Both for VE specialist and MOBIO exhibitors discussion was fruitful and informative to consider further study.

*** Snap shots during tour ***

LOBTEX CO., LTD.: Fastener and fastening tools

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SANGO METAL INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.: Sheet laser welding

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KONISHI METAL MOLD ENGINEERING ,LTD.: CORNICHE new hybrid molds

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ARICE CO., LTD.: Plastic Prototype

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MORITA SEISHINSHO CO.: Ultra fine needles

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KAWAI CORPORATION: Industrial heaters

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EIGHT-TEC. CO., LTD.: Precision sheet metal forming

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KANSAI TOKUSYU KOSAKU-YU CO., LTD: Metalworking fluids

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SUZUKI YUSHI INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.: Inorganic spherical porous particle

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JOUNAN CO., LTD.: Cushioning form

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FUKUCHI METAL CO., LTD.: Cold forged parts

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The next MOBIO Cafe Meeting will be held on July 24 to meet delegates from Tohoku region.

Read on to find details.

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MOBIO Café Meeting was held outside of MOBIO Tech Hall, in Osaka city and Izumi city,  at the corporation (MATSUDA) and the R&D Institute (TRI).

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The next MOBIO Cafe Meeting is coming up on July 24 to meet corporate delegates from Tohoku region, Japan.

Read on details

MOBIO Café Meeting is an interactive session. On July 13, thanks to collaboration of the corporation (MATSUDA) and the R&D Institute (TRI), MOBIO Café Meeting was held outside of MOBIO Tech Hall, in Osaka city and Izumi city. Participants took a bus ride to visit both locations. The Meeting was designed for area companies to easily participate in the Meeting.

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<Part One: Factory Visit>
MATSUDA CO., LTD. (Read on to find details)
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CEO Mr. Matsuda started his presentation from the employees’ singing video in the wooded room at cold headed parts factory. He explained their effort, called “New Value Creation”, to transfer mass production base from standard parts to specialized parts by employing new technology development in advance. Its goal is to introduce “Material Base Development”, including:

●Parts and material development from VE point of view

(cemented carbide at necessary portion only, normal steel at others)

Developed two core technologies:

1) Solid phase bonding technology for expensive raw materials used where it is easily worn down and different materials.

2) Surface reforming of cemented carbide by plasma laser hybrid spraying.

And applied those technologies to in-house tooling for manufacturing cemented carbide mold and for reusing mold.

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●Branded products

Another challenge is to develop B to C business. One of them is a metal block “META ROCK” for adult to be released in 2016.

** MATSUDA is promoting proposal base marketing as “Crush simply and effectively than machine cutting” and started “T type” collaborative marketing.

●HR development
The key factor of MATSUDA’s challenge is company staff. To assist HR development it uses group training organized by its affiliated company, Osaka Caos. Although MATSUDA is a SME, it is possible to offer competitive rookie training program and  to let them identify group member from several companies as a class mate.

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*** Its presentation started from technology and ended in HR development, that is surprising input to participants.

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Business discussion continued during bus ride from MATSUDA to TRI.
<Part Two: Research and Development Institute Visit>

Technology Research Institute of Osaka Prefecture (Read on to find details) 

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Machinery of Osaka TRI is available for all companies in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. Participants were introduced several testing devices:
●Prototyping operation
3D printer, 3D machining and related tools are available.

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●Non Destructive Inspection for internal structure inspection and failure analysis
An X-ray computed tomography scanner is available.

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●Earthquake resistance test, vibration test and impact test
A large vibration test device at an intensity of 7 on the Japanese seven‐stage seismic scale for machinery, a large compression test device for transport packages and an impact test device for cushioning are available.

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** Much more technical assistance is available from TRI. Phone consultation as the first step is convenient.

<Part Three: Cross-Industry Meeting>

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Following to the lab. tour participants started hands-on discussion with lab engineers and other company members. “How can you make it?”, “How can I test products for this purpose?” … and made lots of groups with laughs. It must bring another link for future business.

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“Take a bus ride, take a factory/lab tour”. July 13 tour was informative for all participants. It must bring another link for future business for participants.

****** Coming up the next MOBIO Cafe Meeting “Tohoku meets Osaka”

Date: July 24 from 17:00 at MOBIO

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To be presented by: 12 companies from Tohoku Special Exhibition

(Iwate Pref.)
1. Ishimura Industry Co., Ltd.: Iron Stove
2. Eiwa Corporation: New Cobalt Alloy
3. Fe-Nix Corporation: Large Iron Bolts
4. Yamagishi Industry: Hybrid Emergency Generators and Power-Assisted Tricycles
5. OIGEN Foundry Co., Ltd: Cast Iron Pans
6. Sasaki Print Ltd.: Mount-Sheet-Less Seal Label
7. MODI Corporation: Electric Model Car
(Fukushima Pref.)
8. Aizu Kojyo Co.Ltd.: H-Process Casting System
9. Tamagawa Engineering Co., Ltd.: Radio Frequency Heating Apparatus
10. TOHOKU RHYTHM Co., Ltd.: Plastic Injection Mold
11. JUKI AIZU CORPORATION: Lost Wax Casting
12. AKATSUKI-SEIKI CO.,LTD.: Machining and Heat Treatment