Innovation

2015 a Year of New Material Development Technologies (Part 2)

(Continued from part 1 published Dec. 18, 2015)   Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. (TYO:5101) has developed a multi-objective design exploration technology enabling innovative new ideas in rubber materials design that have not been derived from conventional methods. The goal is to take a fresh approach to developing high-performance tires that excel in terms of fuel economy and safety, while also delivering...

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2015 a Year of New Material Development Technologies (Part 1)

2015 was a year of numerous new materials and material development technologies from tire companies. Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. (TYO:5110), which makes Dunlop tires, came out with its Advanced 4D Nano Design new materials development technology. Advanced 4D Nano Design is able to accurate analyse and simulate the internal structures and molecular behaviour of rubber, making possible significant, simultaneous improvements...

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Bridgestone Develops Technology to Spot Disease in Rubber Trees

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has developed a simple technique for diagnosing white root rot disease. Caused by the plant pathogen Rigidoporus microporus, the disease affects para rubber trees, a source of natural rubber. Bridgestone aims to contribute to para rubber tree conservation efforts and a stable supply of natural rubber. The new technique applies a biotech method called loop-mediated isothermal amplification,...

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Mitsui Chemicals—High Expectations for New EPDM Grade

Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (TYO:4183) achieved a strong performance in the first half of fiscal 2015 (April–September) for EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) rubber. Contributing factors were a weak yen and low naphtha prices. Shanghai Sinopec Mitsui Elastomers Co. Ltd. (SSME), Mitsui Chemicals’ joint venture for EPDM production in China that went onstream at the end of 2014, started up again in...

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New Bridgestone Tire Identifies Road Conditions

Bridgestone Corp. is the first company in the world to successfully commercialize a technology that identifies road conditions from a tire. The proprietary technology is called Contact Area Information Sensing (CAIS). It collects data on the tire surface that comes into contact with the road and analyzes that data to understand the road and the tire’s condition. Through real-time analysis...

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Nitta Omega type tool changer

Nitta Develops Thin, Lightweight Automatic Tool Changer

Conveyor and transmission belt manufacturer Nitta Corporation is also known for developing signature products in the mechatronics field. The latest of these is the company’s newly announced Omega type M automatic tool changer. Nitta offers an extensive automatic tool changer lineup and has to date shipped a cumulative total of more than 200,000 units to customers in 28 countries. The...

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