INDUSTRIAL »ZERO-I, a new coating technology that achieves outstanding improvements in resistance to wear and heat
April 17, 2014
Seavac has been researching the conventional coating technologies using TiN, Ti-Al, and CrN, and developed ZERO-I, a new coating that combines the advantages of all three. "The hardness is about 3,500 HV. This coating is heat-resistant to over 1,000 degrees. Conventional Ti-Al coatings were heat-resistant to nearly 900 degrees, but this coating has even better heat resistance, and hardness as well." ZERO-I boasts a hardness of 3,500 HV, and can be applied as a coating at least 4 μm thick....
CONSUMER »Backboard Affixing Machine
April 5, 2014
Yokohama City's Nippon Automatic Fine Machinery develops and manufactures a machine for affixing a backboard, used in suspending products displayed in drugstores and other stores, onto product boxes. "This machine can affix 35 backboards in one minute. The speed of this machine designed for pharmaceutical manufacturers is set at 35 per minute, but another machine for a different manufacturer that has already been ordered is capable of 90 backboards per minute. The speed output is tailored according to the customer's...
INDUSTRIAL »Solar Panel Cargo Lifter that Does not Use Ladder-shaped Rail
April 3, 2014
Since April 2013, Yokohama City's Uniper has been selling Bravo, a simplified lifting device that can lift solar panels and other materials up to building roofs without the use of a ladder-shaped rail in work locations that are too narrow for tow trucks or cranes to fit. "Using a wench, cargo suspended in mid-air on a wire is lifted up. Because of the concern that the cargo may drop if the wire were to break, for safety's sake two wires...
INDUSTRIAL »Programmable current amplifier for tiny current signals
March 31, 2014
NF Corporation provides electronic measuring instruments and power supplies for use in R&D and production lines. The company also provides electronic components and control circuits for satellites and the Hayabusa spacecraft. The programmable current amplifier CA5350, recently developed by NF to measure tiny signals, amplifies extremely small current signals from sensors. This product's performance, capabilities, and ease of use make it possible to amplify signals from a variety of current output sensors. "The gain can be set over a wide...
CONSUMER »Product enabling soft contact lenses to be inserted and removed without touching the fingers
March 26, 2014
In July 2013, Meditrek in Yokohama released the Meruru, which enables soft contact lenses to be inserted and removed without touching the fingers. "Using soft contact lenses requires practice, and even after practicing, quite a lot of people find it difficult to insert and remove soft contact lenses. Some people fail at practicing, and stop using contact lenses, because they think it's too difficult. If there was a way to handle contact lenses easily, without hurting the eyes, it would...
INDUSTRIAL »Portable X-ray Units
March 21, 2014
Job in Yokohama offers the PORTA series of portable X-ray units, with five models: Two for human applications and three for animal applications. The company started developing these products in 1997, and released the first one commercially in 2006. These X-ray units are compact, lightweight, and durable; they're sold mainly overseas. Currently, they're manufactured at Job's plant in Yokohama. " This model is for use with animals. It's used especially to X-ray horses' legs, and we've sold a lot in...
CONSUMER »Urban Vegetable Garden System with LED Lighting
March 9, 2014
Keystone Technology's LED vegetable garden system is a cultivation system for indoor plant factories which uses LED lighting instead of sunlight. The most defining feature of the system on display at the company's showroom in Yokohama is its 3-dimensional use of space. "This is a 5-tiered cultivation system. For smaller heads of lettuce, you can harvest about 1,500 heads in one month. If this were to be fit into a container of about 20 feet (6m), it would be equivalent...
INDUSTRIAL »Robotic hand changer enabling high-precision docking through dual surface resting
December 19, 2013
KOSMEK has developed a robotic hand changer that can switch between robot tools automatically - and with high precision. "Our aim is to enable a single robot to be used for many purposes. With this hand changer, one robot can handle a whole series of tasks, from processing to assembly or inspection." "Our tool changer has three main features: high precision, high rigidity, and long life. For docking, we've incorporated a technology called dual contact surface resting. This has a structure...
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