robotics

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Strong Demand for Robotics-Related Rubber Products

The robotics industry is booming as manufacturers cut personnel costs and supplement scarce human resources through production line automation and workforce reduction. According to statistics reported by the Japan Robot Association (JARA), 55,998 robotic devices were produced during the July-September quarter, up 44.9 percent from the same quarter of the previous year. Shipment value amounted to 195.95 billion yen ($1.73...

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Toyoda Gosei Enters Into Exclusive e-Rubber Licensing Agreement

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) and Advanced Softmaterials Inc. have concluded an exclusive licensing agreement for the use and sales of Slide-Ring Material, a key material for e-Rubber. The agreement is limited to applications of the material in dielectric actuators and dielectric sensors. Advanced Softmaterials, which was established in 2005 with the aim of commercializing the Slide-Ring Material developed at...

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Bridgestone Develops High-Power Artificial Muscle for Tough Robots, Uses Non-Reinforced Rubber Tubes

Bridgestone Corp. (TYO:5108) has succeeded in developing a hydraulically driven, high-power artificial muscle. It serves as one of the keys to realizing tough robots that can be used at extreme disaster sites. The artificial muscle was developed in collaboration with the Tokyo Institute of Technology as part of the Cabinet Office Council for Science, Technology and Innovation’s Impulsing Paradigm Change...

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