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Technology Development Division

The Technology Development Division comprises 30 engineers who are engaged in configuration design, material design, mechanical design, and facility design. Based on the preexisting essential technology, or adapting the original technology developed by Nikki Fron, all engineers closely communicate with each other to develop new products which lead the markets in the various industrial fields.

Based on the technology and resources cultivated over a long period of time, our company develops technology in diverse and significant areas, such as electric vehicles, aeronautical and space engineering, and environmentally friendly, clean energy.


Components of medical and home-care appliances

We develop durable materials used for treadmill running boards

Lightweight materials and new composite materials

We research and develop light materials to achieve exceptional performance quality, weight reduction, and low production cost in the fields of electric vehicles and aeronautic and space engineering. In addition, we develop new composite materials employing the preexisting material (phenol resin).

New applications of PEEK

PEEK (polyether ether ketone) as a thermoplastic resin is a super engineering plastic and composed of linear macromolecules of the aromatic group.

Among thermoplastic resins, PEEK demonstrates the exceptional durability that is even retained under a high temperature of 260C. PEEK is resistant to thermal and chemical degradation and mechanical stress. It is also notable that capitalizing on its lightness, PEEK is adapted as a material used for metal substitutes.

In addition to its lightness and excellent thermal, chemical, and frictional resistance, PEEK possesses mechanical stress resistance and morphological stability. Because of these outstanding properties, PEEK is adapted in a wide range of fields.



Material Development Center

The material development Center focuses on the development of new composite materials and the establishment of their recycle technology.


Analytical Instruments

Name of Instrument: DTG (Differential Thermo-gravimetric Analyzer)

Model and Manufacturer: DTG-60/Shimadzu Corp.
Date of Installation: August, 2007

Outline
The DTG (Differential Thermo-gravimetric Analyzer) is equipped with a balance scale and used to measure weight change of a sample under programmed thermal conditions.
  • Measuring weight range: 5-20mg
  • Heating temperature range: normal temperature to 1100℃
  • Sample chamber atmosphere: nitrogen and air

Applications
  • Measure decomposition temperature
  • Estimate the mean molecular weight of a sample based on the lapse rate at the point of thermal decomposition
  • Measure the ratios of filler materials and compounding agents




Name of Instrument: DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter)

Model and Manufacturer: DSC-60 / Shimadzu Corp.
Date of Installation: August, 2007

Outline
The DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter) is used to measure change in the heat amount of a sample under programmed thermal conditions and to analyze its chemical properties.
  • Heating temperature range: normal temperature to 600℃
  • Sample chamber atmosphere: nitrogen and air

Applications
  • Measure melting temperature and heat of fusion
  • Measure crystallization temperature and heat of crystallization

Thermal properties of a sample serve as major barometers to estimate its “degree of crystallization” and “mean molecular weight,” which affect a sample’s mechanical properties.




Name of Instrument: Spectrophotometer

Model and Manufacturer: CM-3600d / Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc.
Date of Installation: December, 2008

Outline
The spectrophotometer is used to quantitate the optical properties of a sample by irradiating the sample with light of a xenon arc lamp and measuring its reflection and transmission properties, such as the light wavelength and intensity.
  • Measuring wavelength range: 360-740nm

Application
  • Measure optical properties of a sample




Name of Instrument: Upright metallurgical microscope

Model and Manufacturer: BX51M / Olympus Corp.
Date of Installation: August, 2007

Outline
The upright metallurgical microscope is an optical microscope configured for a wide-range of observation methods including bright field and fluorescence. For instance, this microscope is available for the universal illuminator that is also applicable to fluorescence imaging, in addition to the illuminator for bright and dark field imaging.
  • Eyepiece lens: x10
  • Objective lens: x5,x10,x20,x50
Observation methods: bright field, dark field, differential interference, fluorescence, and simple polarizing.
Illumination method: Reflected illumination

Applications
  • Examine the surface of a sample, foreign and minute substance




Name of Instrument: Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer

Model and Manufacturer: EDX-720 / Shimadzu Corp.
Date of Installation: November, 2009

Outline
The energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometer is used to identify the types and content of the chemical elements constituting a sample. This instrument analyzes the energy of fluorescent X-rays emitted from a sample when irradiated with X-rays and determines the elemental composition of the sample.
It is possible to conduct non-destructive elemental analysis of various forms of specimens.
  • Measuring elements: Na-U
  • Test chamber size: φ300×150mm
  • Sample chamber atmosphere: nitrogen and air

Applications
  • Analyze and benchmark on-market products for new material development
  • Identify chemical elements of a foreign matter
  • Identify chemical elements of an unknown specimen




Name of Instrument: Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FT-IR)

Model/Manufacturer: Nicolet 6700/Thermo Fisher Scientific
Date of Installation: May, 2010

Outline
The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer is used for qualitative and quantitative analysis of an organic compound. This analysis is conducted by probing how the state of the vibration and rotations of the functional group of a compound changes when irradiated with infrared rays.
It is possible to conduct non-destructive elemental analysis of various forms of specimens.
  • Method of measurement: Attenuated total reflection (ATR)
  • Measuring wave number range: 7400-350cm-1
  • Maximum resolution: 0.09cm-1

Applications
  • Measure polymerization degree of a thermosetting resin
  • Measure deterioration degree of a resin
  • Measure crystallization degree of a resin
  • Identify a foreign matter of a product




Name of Instrument: Thermomechanical Analyzer (TMA)

Model/Manufacturer: TMA8310 / Rigaku Thermo Plus EVO
Date of Installation: January, 2010

Outline
The Thermomechanical Analyzer is used to measure a dimension change of a sample as a function of temperature with non-vibrational forces, such as compression, tension, bending, and torsion, acting on the sample while it is subjected to a programmed temperature regime. The measurement of the mechanical properties of the sample is possible by its exposure to the stresses, such as compression, tension, penetration, and bending under high temperature. The analyzer also can calculate the coefficient of thermal expansion of the sample.
  • Measuring temperature range: Room temperature ? 1500℃ (compressive load / high temperature)
  • Measuring range (FS): ±0.5 - ±2500μm
  • Test chamber atmosphere: air, inert gas, and gas flow

Applications
  • Measure mechanical properties and coefficients of thermal expansion of PTFE, GFRP, CFRP, and other materials under high temperature.



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Business Cooperative Innovation Project (B-cip Nagano)
The University of Tokyo, Inaba Laboratory, Robot development, Domen Laboratory, New functional compound materials development
Waseda University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kouzai Laboratory
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