Bringing Stylish Beauty and Health Equipment Based on Japanese Technology to the World Japanese startup MTG is experiencing rapid growth as it continues to develop innovative products in the field of beauty and health equipment. Products under the company’s stylish cosmetic brand ReFa have already seen cumulative sales of five million units and are becoming a must-have item for Japanese women, who are known for beautiful skin. Moreover, not even one year has passed since the wearable training gear SIXPAD became one of MTG’s hit products. This is bringing about a revolution for men who long for toned muscles as they go about their daily activities. In this article we […]
A Fortress for Start-ups in Tokyo’s Shitamachi One business located in the heart of Tokyo’s shitamachi (working class neighborhoods) is engaging in innovative projects using sophisticated technology. With strengths in sheet metal and press processing, Hamano Products Co., Ltd. utilizes digital machines such as 3D printers and has won a laser processing contest sponsored by the Embassy of Austria. The company has set up a general support facility, Garage Sumida, to help companies and research institutions do prototyping and development. This facility is now attracting much attention from start-ups. We sat down with Keiichi Hamano, CEO of Hamano Products and founder of Garage Sumida, to ask him about the facility’s […]
Sample formed with Digital Mold®. With this type about 150 shots can be formed. Japanese SME Fuels the Manufacturing Revolution with Digital Mold® The small town of Ina would be an unlikely place to find a revolutionary. However, this is Japan and Ina is smack dab in the nation’s manufacturing hub. This story is about the unlikely cog turning the wheel of Japan’s manufacturing revolution – Swany. 3D printing is fast revolutionizing the manufacturing field worldwide by slashing the time it takes to produce products to a fraction of what it used to be. The cost is also much lower. Techniques using 3D molding resins and ABS plastic for […]
Protechnology Japan presents Atom Co., Ltd., producer of the AT9000 Series of linked tabletop robots. The company presents a revolutionary system that automatizes manufacturing processes that were previously only done by hand. The robots can be placed on a standard work desk and customized to perform tasks like soldering and coating. They can be used autonomously or linked with a total of ten other units. The units offer applications for detailed work performed in diverse industries such as the automobile, semiconductor, liquid crystal display, food, and medical industries, and accurately automatize processes that would normally be performed by hand, achieving a consistent quality of output. The aim of the AT9000 […]
Plus / minus 1mm. That’s the level of precision Shimano’s belt conveyors are expected to operate at for an automated production line of an automotive manufacturer. Their conveyor belts are not just a delivery system that connects production units, they quickly transport the processed products from one unit to the next, delivering them to the exact location in a highly precise manner. Because of the high precision, they are often used alongside industrial robots. Some of their fastest belts clock in at 120m per minute, which are great for large-scale factories overseas.
ATOM Co., Ltd. is a company specializing in factory automation, and has vast experience in the automation of the production of various industrial goods. Yasutaka Ichinose, President of the company, is confident that anything from combining the ingredients of snacks to the packaging of contact lenses can be automated. “There is no such thing as production that can’t be automated,” says Mr. Ichinose. Armed with their know-how of an integrated approach to industrial equipment encompassing everything from design to installing, the high level of technology and quality Japan is known for, and detailed customer support, the company has been receiving an increasing amount of orders from overseas and has developed […]
“Will this machine be operated by primarily male or female workers?” “When pushing buttons while looking at the programming screen, what are the optimal specifications of location and height of buttons, and the size of the screen?” These are some of the detailed questions that may arise in a meeting between designers of the technology department of Iwashita Industrial Co., Ltd. and clients. After the clients’ requests and views on specifications for the comfort and ease of equipment operation are collected, the designers will make proposals, revise, and make proposals again; repeating the process over and over. The resulting equipment has the finesse of an immaculately tailored custom suit. The […]