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Japan International Machine Tool Fair

Machine tools are quite literally the mothers of all machines. No matter what the industry, if manufacturing is involved, machine tools are there. And in this week's "On Site" segment, reporter Brian Hughes takes you to the Japan International Machine Tool Fair for a look at the latest Japanese offerings in this truly creative industry.

Japan International Machine Tool Fair

Schedule: Nov. 17 - 22, 2016
Location: Tokyo Big Sight

In the world of machine tools, companies from Japan and Germany lead the way. But recently they face stiff competition in companies from China, South Korea, and Taiwan. Bringing together industry insiders from around the world, as well as the latest and greatest in machine tools, this venerable trade show has been going strong for over half a century. With nearly 1,000 exhibitors at this year's event, all of them are doing their best to stand out among the crowd. Highlights from our coverage include an incredible hand-held laser welding system that also works with a robot arm, a super-smooth grinding wheel setup, a system that uses electricity to create truly complex forms, a hybrid metal 3-D printer that delivers finished-product level results, super-precise machining centers for making massive parts, and other systems ideal for making small components in small lots.

  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair
  • Japan International Machine Tool Fair

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.

- Japan Machine Tool Builders' Association.
Room 104, Kikai Shinko Bldg., 3-5-8 Shibakoen, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0011 JAPAN

- AMADA CO., LTD.
200, Ishida, Isehara City, Kanagawa Prefecture 259-1196 JAPAN

- Okamoto Machine Tool Works, Ltd.
2993 Gobara, Annaka City, Gunma Prefecture 379-0135 JAPAN

- Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd.
3-19 Nakane 2-chome, Meguro City, Tokyo 152-8578 JAPAN

- Matsuura Machinery Corporation.
1-1 Urushihara-cho, Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture 910-8530 JAPAN

- DMG MORI CO., LTD.
2-35-16 Meieki, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture 450-0002 JAPAN

- SHIN NIPPON KOKI CO., LTD.
500-1, Takao 2-Cho, Minami-ku, Sakai City, Osaka Prefecture 590-0157 JAPAN

- Yamazaki Mazak Corporation.
1-131 Takeda, Oguchi-cho, Niwa Gun, Aichi Prefecture 480-0197 JAPAN

Stationery for the Non-Stationary

For our "+Style" segment, this week we pay a visit to a stationer who loves to travel. In an age when memories are increasingly preserved by digital means, this shop offers a decidedly more analog way to remember your travels. Their products hark back to the golden age of travel, they look great, and they're also a lot of fun to use.

Stationery for the Non-Stationary

The chief executive of stationery company Designphil, Atsuhiko Iijima, loves to travel, but more than that he believes every day should be treated as a journey. Inspired by this passion, he created a product called Traveler's Note. In comparison with previously available travel journals, this product is more free-form, offering users a space to be creative in the way they record their memories. The creation of this product then led to the creation of a specialty store in Tokyo called Traveler's Factory. Naturally the shop carries the travel journals, but they also carry practical solutions like travel planners, alongside more fun and funky offerings like stickers and postcards that have a vintage feel. One of their most popular products for overseas visitors is a line of masking tape with the names of Tokyo Metro stations printed on them. They represent a great analog way to savor the joy of travel.

  • Stationery for the Non-Stationary
  • Stationery for the Non-Stationary
  • Stationery for the Non-Stationary
  • Stationery for the Non-Stationary
  • Stationery for the Non-Stationary
  • Stationery for the Non-Stationary
  • Stationery for the Non-Stationary
  • Stationery for the Non-Stationary

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.

- TRAVELER'S FACTORY.
3-13-10 Kamimeguro, Meguro City, Tokyo 153-0051 JAPAN

A Robot in the Operator's Seat

These days self-driving cars are creating quite a stir, and it looks like they may be available quite soon. But what about construction equipment? In our "Special Report," we visit a Japanese firm that has created a way to control existing equipment remotely in times of emergency, with the aim of developing a fully automated system.

Kowatech is a company that mainly customizes vehicles for professional use; including things like fire and rescue vehicles, as well as mobile generators used by power and telecommunications companies. Their latest product however is not a vehicle at all; it's more like a driver. Named SAM, it's a "robot" that makes it possible to remotely control a large construction vehicle like a power shovel. It faithfully reproduces the movements of a human operator thanks to the use of artificial muscles; tubes which contract when filled with compressed air. Perfected over a three-year development process, the intended use for the system is disaster relief. In areas where it could be too dangerous to have a human operator, SAM can do the job. And weighing only 50kg, he can be easily transported and installed. The company also has hopes of someday developing a fully autonomous version.

  • A Robot in the Operator's Seat
  • A Robot in the Operator's Seat
  • A Robot in the Operator's Seat
  • A Robot in the Operator's Seat
  • A Robot in the Operator's Seat
  • A Robot in the Operator's Seat
  • A Robot in the Operator's Seat
  • A Robot in the Operator's Seat

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.

- KOWATECH Co., Ltd.
1-9-1 Nishi-Shimbashi, Minato City, Tokyo 105-0003 JAPAN

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