Innovation

NOK and Eneos Jointly Develop Self-Lubricating Rubber

NOK and Eneos have jointly developed “self-lubricating rubber,” a rubber material that reduces friction in oil seals and other sealing products by up to 40% compared to conventional products and maintains the same sealing performance as before even in poorly lubricated environments. In industries where sealing products are in demand, the amount of lubricating oil used is being reduced and...

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Valqua Launches AI-Powered Equipment Abnormality Detection System

Valqua and Ridgeye, an AI and deep learning technology consulting and development company, have developed an equipment abnormality detection system that is equipped with a jointly developed AI technology that can handle vibration and ultrasonic sensing of rotating equipment in general. Marketed a Vherme, the system can flexibly respond to on-site needs for equipment abnormality detection by combining Valqua’s abnormality...

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Bando Chemical to Sell Double Cog Belt for Heavy Duty Use

Bando Chemical has developed the world’s first cellulose nanofiber (CNF)-compounded rubber double cog belt for high-load applications as a new lineup of speed change belts for use in large baby carriages and scooters. In the course of designing formulations that combine reinforcement materials such as carbon black and fiber materials with rubber, the company has focused on CNF, a new...

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AIST and AGC Develop New Material for High Performance Elastic Adhesive

The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and AGC have developed a new material for high-performance elastic adhesives that enables the manufacture of new rubber materials with excellent elasticity and durability. Adhesives made from this material will be able to absorb vibration energy caused by strong external forces through expansion and contraction. Elastic adhesives are used for...

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Nitta Develops CFRP Products for Industrial Applications Using Namd

Rubber and resin products manufacturer Nitta has developed patented carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) products for the industrial field using its proprietary CNT composite technology Namd. Since fiscal 2017, Namd has been used in many CFRP products in the sports field, such as tennis rackets and golf club shafts, due to its excellent properties, including vibration damping and speed-dependent relaxation...

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Zeon Develops Material Achieving Various Visual Effects Using Light Reflections

Zeon has developed a broadband cholesteric liquid crystal material that can achieve various visual effects using light reflection, based on its proprietary technology cultivated in the optical film business. The product is a cholesteric liquid crystal, a structure in which the reflected light wavelength is arranged in a spiral shape, and the color of the reflected light can be changed...

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