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Aug. 26, Wed.

Manufacturing World 2015

For our "On Site" report, join reporter Brian Hughes for Manufacturing World 2015, an international trade show that covers just about every aspect of the business of making things. It features state-of-the-art 3-D printing technology, factory equipment from a to z, and testing systems to help keep production running smoothly.

Schedule: Jun. 24 - 26, 2015
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

For manufacturers, survival depends on keeping up with current trends. Modern manufacturing is always in flux, with new technologies, methods, and materials constantly becoming available. Manufacturing World Japan 2015 is the ideal place to get a glimpse of the current state of the art, of making. This exhibition features products meant for making other products, things that most of us don't see everyday. The things found here are a step ahead of consumer products. And for the visitors, most of whom are technical specialists, this is the only place they can find the cutting edge technologies they're looking for. Highlights form this year's show include 3-D printers for every budget, unique new valves for controlling air-powered actuators, a laser scanner that's helping keep train platforms safe in Tokyo, a system for helping find contamination in clean rooms, and more.

  • Manufacturing World 2015
  • Manufacturing World 2015
  • Manufacturing World 2015
  • Manufacturing World 2015
  • Manufacturing World 2015
  • Manufacturing World 2015
  • Manufacturing World 2015

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Reed Exhibitions Japan Ltd.
http://www.japan-mfg.jp/en/
Organizer Office +81-3-3349-8506

- Matsuura Machinery Corporation
http://www.matsuura.co.jp/english/
Public Relations +81-776-56-8100

- CKD Corporation
http://www.ckd.co.jp/english/
Public Relations +81-568-74-1304

- Roland DG Corporation
http://www.rolanddg.com
Public Relations +81-3-5733-4413

- THK CO., LTD.
http://www.thk.com
Public Relations +81-3-5434-0300

- NIPPON SIGNAL CO.,LTD
http://www.signal.co.jp/english/
Public Relations +81-3-3217-7167

- Kotobuki Industries Co., Ltd.
http://www.fuji-mdc.com/contents/english.pdf
Public Relations +81-42-759-1711

- Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd.
http://www.shinanokenshi.com
Public Relations +81-268-41-1840

- Shin Nippon Air Technologies Co., Ltd.
http://www.snk.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Public Relations +81-3-3639-2206

Energy from a Cardboard Box

On this "Gadgets" segment, we'll take a look at a new kind of battery. Developed in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, it uses innovative technologies to provide power when you need it most. It may also surprise you to learn that it's housing is entirely made of a very common recyclable material.

Motivated by the tragic effects of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and tsunami, Furukawa battery, a company that has also built batteries to power both of Japan's Hayabusa space probes, developed the world's first paper-container magnesium battery. Inside what looks like an ordinary box are four magnesium cells. Magnesium is used for the negative electrode, oxygen in the air is used for the positive electrode, and salt water is used as an electrolyte. It can also generate power with muddy water, juice, or even beer if there's no water available. It can charge a smartphone 30 times over, and thanks to its construction, is also almost entirely recyclable. The company believes that magnesium could replace petroleum as an energy source and in one experiment, an electric trike equipped with magnesium air batteries was able to travel over 100 kilometers. What an electrifying idea!

  • Energy from a Cardboard Box
  • Energy from a Cardboard Box
  • Energy from a Cardboard Box
  • Energy from a Cardboard Box
  • Energy from a Cardboard Box
  • Energy from a Cardboard Box
  • Energy from a Cardboard Box

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- The Furukawa Battery Co., Ltd.
http://www.furukawadenchi.co.jp/english/
Public Relations +81-45-336-5034

The Other Kind of 3D Printing

Finally we'll look at a unique industrial printing process. Known as Cubic Printing, it allows manufacturers to print designs directly onto even the most complex shapes. It's an entirely made-in-Japan process that's now used around the world for everything form car parts to sporting goods. See it in action on our "Special Report."

The Other Kind of 3D Printing

Cubic Printing is a process for transferring patterns and designs printed on a special film onto plastic or metallic surfaces. The film is placed on a pool of water and the design is applied to the object using water pressure. The film stretches along the surface of the object as it sinks into the tank, and the design is transferred onto it, which is what makes it possible to print on complex three-dimensional shapes. The method was first developed by Taica Corporation more than 40 years ago, and since then, it's been used in a variety of fields, mainly for automotive parts and home electronics, as well as for sporting goods, and home interior products. The company also works hard on the patterns' designs, with an internal design department that produces and proposes ideas based on their customers' needs. And with over 80 facilities in more than 20 countries across the globe, they lead the industry.

  • The Other Kind of 3D Printing
  • The Other Kind of 3D Printing
  • The Other Kind of 3D Printing
  • The Other Kind of 3D Printing
  • The Other Kind of 3D Printing
  • The Other Kind of 3D Printing
  • The Other Kind of 3D Printing

Further Info:

Please note that some of the products or services featured in this program may be prototypes and not be sold at stores. NHK is not responsible for any damages, losses or injuries caused by the usage of these products or services.

- Taica Corporation
http://www.taica.co.jp/english/
Public Relations +81-3-3448-8600

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