Innovation

Toyo Tire Develops Drive Simulator for Virtual Tire Performance, Safety Education

Toyo Tire Corp. (TYO:5105) has developed a driving simulator with realistic steering, accelerator and brake controls for tire performance safety education events. Control software developed by Toyo Tires will enable drivers to virtually experience how tire wear can change braking distance under rainy conditions or cause hydroplaning, as well as how differences in inflation pressure can alter operational stability. It...

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Toyoda Gosei Develops Lightweight Resin Turbo Duct for Vehicles

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a lightweight resin turbo duct for automobiles. The use of resin for the turbo duct, which conducts air to the engine, makes it possible for the newly developed product to improve vehicle environmental performance. It is installed in new HiAce vans launched outside of Japan by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) in February. A...

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Sumitomo Riko Develops World’s First Vital Sensor to Utilize Piezoelectric Rubber

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) has developed new diagnostic equipment in the form of a sensor able to simultaneously monitor vitals such as heart rate and respiration. This marks the world’s first practical application of piezoelectric rubber in vital sensing equipment. As of Feb. 28, the new product has already been delivered to Japan’s Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA)...

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Inaba Rubber Develops Mouthpiece to Reduce Patient Discomfort During Endoscope Insertion

Inaba Rubber Co. Ltd., a producer of high-detail molded rubber and other products, has worked with Tottori University’s Faculty of Medicine to codevelop a mouthpiece for use during endoscopy. Named the Gagless Mouthpiece, the new product is already available and serves to cut down on patient discomfort by reducing gagging. By taking a horseshoe shape, the product better provides the...

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Sumitomo Rubber Works With German Research Institute to Clarify Processes Behind Natural Rubber Failure

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) has managed a world-first success in shedding light on the crystallization process that occurs at the tips of cracks in natural rubber – crystallization referring here to rubber molecules becoming aligned in the direction of elongation when the rubber is stretched. The company’s research on this was carried out in conjunction with the Leibniz Institute...

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Sumitomo Rubber Utilizes Tire Technologies to Codevelop Highly Soundproof Flooring

Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110) recently announced that it has worked with Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd. (TYO:1911) and flexible concrete mat manufacturer Maxstone KK to develop highly soundproof flooring for rental housing. The new product will be adopted starting from the Forest Maison line of rental housing provided by Sumitomo Forestry. The highly soundproof flooring incorporates anti-vibration rubber based on...

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