Innovation

New Walking Trainer to Utilize Bridgestone’s Rubber Pneumatic Artificial Muscles

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) recently announced that it has joined with Tokyo Medical and Dental University Professor Kenji Kawashima to develop a walking training machine aimed at helping improve the health of senior citizens. Looking toward commercialization, the company plans to begin verification testing for the machine in 2018. The walking training machine under development uses rubber pneumatic artificial muscles developed...

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Zeon Targets Self-Driving Vehicles With New Resin for Sensor Lenses

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) recently launched Zeonex T62R, a new heat-resistant cyclo-olefin polymer (COP) resin. The product is intended for use in the lenses of automotive sensing cameras, for which heat-resistant materials are in high demand, and is expected to be adopted as a replacement for glass. While sensing cameras are used in high temperature environments for long periods of time,...

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Toyoda Gosei’s New Glass Run for Lexus LS Allows for Quieter Ride

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed a new glass run design, which will be supplied for use on new models of the Lexus LS made by Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203). A glass run is a resin seal that interfaces between a vehicle window and its frame. By sealing gaps between the glass and frame, a glass run protects the...

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Toyox Develops New Products to Meet End User Needs

Major resin hose manufacturer Toyox Co. Ltd. has developed new hoses and couplings designed for piping that handles chemicals, cosmetics, foods and beverages. The new products were created in response to a number of requests from end users. Toyox has added two new large sizes with inner diameters of 32 and 38 millimeters to its Toyofusso S line of fluorine...

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Midori Anzen Develops New Plant-Based Polyester Work Gloves

Midori Anzen Co. Ltd. has added a new product to its Plantex Glove series of work gloves made from plant-based polyester. Designed for use in the logistics industry, the natural rubber gloves feature a new non-slip grip and have an unlined back. In the Plantex Glove series, at least 80 percent of each product by weight is made from Ecodear...

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Zeon, AIST Show Biodegradability of SG-CNT

Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) have announced research findings revealing that super-growth single-walled carbon nanotubes (SG-CNT) are biodegradable inside immune cells. Zeon and AIST have developed a technology that exploits the tendency for carbon nanotubes (CNT) to absorb near-infrared light in order to quantify the amount absorbed within the cell. SG-CNT...

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