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Latest update: 17/01/2022 11:04:40

FUTA-Q, Ltd.

Our company was the first in the world to manufacture β titanium alloy small-diameter pipes, which we achieved by making use of our original technologies.

Our company excels at micromachining difficult-to-cut materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, Hastelloy, and Inconel, as well as microfabrication of small-diameter pipes using mainly titanium alloy. Our corporate philosophy is to have big dreams with small-size Monozukuri craftsmanship. We have made core parts for top manufacturers in a wide range of fields. 

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Sales Pitch

Femtosecond laser precision processing
Processing by ultrashort pulsed-laser (femto) is significantly less affected by heat. It is effective for external surfaces of resin and glass materials with low melting points. Various kinds of microfabrication can be performed on the inside of clear materials to give characteristics of flexible motion and light to the materials. 
(1) Ultrashort pulsed-laser processing (1 femtosecond (fs) is 10^−15 seconds) 
(2) Less affected by heat
A heat denaturation zone around a portion processed is small because the effect of heat conduction can be reduced.
(3) High processing accuracy (processing accuracy: submicron–several microns or less)
Examples of processing
■ Processing of shapes of biomass plastic stents (material: polylactic acid tubes)
■ Processing of sapphire glass (material: sapphire glass)
■ Processing of medical tubes (material: medical polyimide tubes)
Thin fluoropolymer film coating “FC-180” (patent pending)
This water/oil repellent coating can improve the draining of nozzles and reduce contamination. Extremely thin fluoropolymer film that forms has little impact on the shapes of precision parts, including the internal dimensions of thin nozzles and surface roughness. 
(1) Water/oil repellency of fluoropolymer film coating with film thickness of 1 µm or less
(2) Chemical resistance to sodium hypochlorite solutions having bactericidal effect
Test example: After testing pieces (SUS316L, Ti-22V-4Al) coated with “FC-180” were impregnated by a 10% sodium hypochlorite solution and vibrated by ultrasonic waves for 90 minutes, no significant deterioration of water repellency or change of film thickness was observed.
Examples of processing
■ Coating of plate materials (materials: SUS, titanium alloy)
■ Coating of the inside of thin pipes (materials: SUS, titanium alloy)
* Coating of other materials (such as quartz glass and ceramic) is being developed.

Other presentation

[Company strength]
Our company was the first to provide integrated production of β titanium pipes. Our products have earned high evaluations from top medical analyzer manufacturers. We will continue to enhance our technologies in these fields without limiting ourselves to a specific area. Our goal is to provide satisfying solutions to technical problems for customers in various fields. 

[Business description]
We develop, design, and manufacture core mechanisms for medical, analysis, and industrial devices as well as other general industrial products.
We conduct machining of precision machine parts (various kinds of combined machining; production of small-diameter seamless pipes; high-speed micromachining; machining of difficult-to-cut materials, such as Hastelloy, Inconel, titanium, and SUS).
We offer manufacturing, sales, and proposals relating to small-diameter β titanium alloy pipes. Our company was the first in the world to make small-diameter pipes using β titanium alloy, which we achieved by making use of our unique technologies. We have applied our original technologies (micromachining, internal grinding, and laser welding) to create a number of β titanium products, including spiral pipes, needles, micro-forceps, and multi-nozzles (dispenser nozzles). We also manufacture dissimilar-material hybrid nozzles, and perform micromachining with nickel/titanium alloy and 64 titanium alloy.
We sell screw locking devices for eyeglasses. 
We provide wire rods for eyeglasses.

Manufacturing (precision machine parts)

[Strength of products/technologies]
Our company particularly excels at micromachining with difficult-to-cut materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, Hastelloy, and Inconel. We are also strong in microfabrication, laser welding, and bore grinding, mainly with small-diameter titanium alloy pipes. Our main products include high-precision machined metal parts, small-diameter titanium alloy pipes, and other micro-fabricated products made from them. These include elastic pipes, spiral pipes, β titanium needles, titanium micro forceps, β titanium multi-nozzles (dispenser nozzles), and hybrid nozzles (made of multiple dissimilar materials). These products can have a surface roughness of up to Ra 0.02 because of our original bore grinding technology.

[Representative's message]
Our advanced processing technologies have earned trust from many customers in various fields. Our company operates in advanced markets, so we invest in convenient office locations, a pleasant office environment, original technologies, and research facilities to actively conduct business on a global scale. Our corporate philosophy is to have big dreams with small-size Monozukuri craftsmanship. We hope to pursue opportunities in a broader range of fields so we can contribute to society and the world. 

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
We are the world’s only small-diameter β titanium pipe manufacturer. Our company distributes these products in Europe, America, and various countries. Our pipes excel in biocompatibility, corrosion resistance, weightlessness, and elasticity, so they have been used mainly in the medical and analysis fields, and they are highly valued by our customers. We plan to bring in consultants for the overseas sales department, and set up dedicated overseas sales representative positions to pursue further opportunities in other fields. 

[Market share/Ranking]
Our β titanium alloy small-diameter pipes and related products have a share of 100% of the domestic Japanese and overseas markets.

[Awards and media coverage]
“Rank A” approval by Kyoto City Venture Company Assessment Council, for the development of new technology for β titanium alloy small-diameter pipes (September 2009); Excellent Technology Award from the Governor of Kyoto, for the development of β titanium alloy pipes and micromachining technology, as this material is difficult to process (January 2010).

Newspapers: Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, mention of our house brand; Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun, machining with β titanium alloy; Chemicals Daily, sales promotion of β titanium pipes; Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, fabrication of β titanium alloy pipes; Business Success journal, microfabrication of β titanium pipes; Japan Metal Bulletin, ultra-thin titanium alloy pipes; Kyoto Shimbun, Kyoto Commercial News: new fusion of scientific insight and technique; Kyoto Shimbun, unique titanium processing technology; Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, “On Winning;” Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, titanium pipe as a new pillar; Nikkei MJ/Japan Metal Bulletin, titanium bicycles to be marketed overseas; Asahi Shogakusei Shimbun/Nikkei newspaper, electronic edition; Kyoto Shimbun, financial column in weekend edition; Nikkei newspaper, high-end titanium wheelchair: lighter in weight by 30% and highly durable.

Magazines: Engineering Materials; 100 Vibrant Monozukuri (Manufacturing) SMEs in Kansai (substrate technology edition); Titanium Japan; Nikkei Design; Nikkei Monozukuri; Cyclocross Magazine; brochure on companies in which women play an active role.

TV: TBS, “Yume no Tobira+” (aired nationwide).

Other media: RIKAMO, website where physical/chemical and medical devices are shown. 

Our head office, Yagi plant, Kyoto plant, and R&D center hold ISO 9001, 14001, and 13485 certification.

[Joint research and development]
Dr. Tatsuro Morita, Associate Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology Graduate School: Joint research on the establishment and analysis of titanium alloy small-diameter seamless pipe mass-production technology, and application to medical devices (2011).
Dr. Eiji Kanehira, Director, Medical Topia Soka Hospital: Joint development of Draco forceps for single-hole endoscopic surgery (2013).

[Intellectual property]
Necklace design registration (2010); patent granted for tube catcher (2013); patent granted for Draco single-hole endoscopic surgery equipment (2015). 

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Company names must be withheld due to non-disclosure agreements with our customers. 

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
Company names must be withheld due to non-disclosure agreements with our customers. 

[Exhibition History/Information]
We have participated in the world’s largest medical exhibition MEDICA for the last five years. We took part in other major exhibitions in Japan, such as the following. 
Medtec Japan 2015: Joint participation with Japan Titanium Society, April 22 (Wednesday) to 24 (Friday), 2015; 19th Mechanical Components & Materials Technology Expo: M-Tech, June 24 (Wednesday) to 26 (Friday), 2015; Eurobike 2015: August 26 (Wednesday) to 29 (Saturday), 2015; Interbike 2015: September 16 (Wednesday) to 19 (Thursday), 2015; Highly-functional Material World: Metal Osaka, joint participation with Japan Titanium Society, October 7 (Wednesday) to 9 (Friday), 2015; COMPAMED 2015, international medical device, technology, and parts exhibition, November 16 (Monday) to 19 (Thursday), 2015; 28th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society for Endoscopic Surgery: December 10 (Thursday) to 12 (Saturday), 2015; China International Medical Equipment Fair: CMEF, April 16 (Saturday) to 20 (Wednesday), 2016; Medtec Japan 2016, April 20 (Wednesday) to 22 (Friday), 2016.

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Kansai Head Office, SMRJ