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Latest update: 14/01/2020 14:19:26

Mie Kigata Seisakusho Co., Ltd.

We possess NC machining technology for carving shapes from soft resin foam.

Our company manufactures and sells automobile interior parts with resin foam prototypes, as well as safe, soft body parts for nursing care robots and industrial robots. The technology and manufacturing know-how we accumulated in our past wooden form production have enabled us to apply NC machining to this soft, generally difficult material. We have combined this with special coating to establish a manufacturing technology with high design capabilities without sacrificing flexibility. This technology led to our development of safe, protective robot body parts (YaWaRaKa Robo D), which have been adopted by multiple robot manufacturers since we put them on the market.

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Sales Pitch

Soft cover with touch detection function
It is a contact-sensing softcover with a cushioning property, for which we acquired a patent in Japan. We have the priority right in acquiring overseas patents.
It even senses 3D shapes.
The product is simple enough to mass-produce.

Other presentation

[Company strength]
Our company deals with prototypes, so we receive a wide variety of requests from customers. This led us to regard quality and quick delivery as services, and we have focused on human resource development. Maintaining our environment and training our human resources starts with toilet cleaning every morning and comprehensive training in courtesy and modesty in conducting Monozukuri craftsmanship at our morning meetings. We also conduct information sharing. These efforts have made our organization very responsive to sudden orders. Data on NC machining for soft material is generally not available. Our customers highly value the extensive know-how we have independently accumulated regarding matters such as preprocessing (material preparation), post-machining processes, modification, and parts bonding. 

[Business description]
Our company manufactures and sells resin foam prototypes made using NC machining. We mainly target development divisions dealing with nursing robots, industrial robots, and automobile interior parts. Such soft materials are generally difficult to cut, but we are able to manufacture them in a short period with high precision and high quality. This is thanks to our extensive experience gained in 30 years of operations. Our design concept in our recent business of external body parts for robots is the concept of creating safety and affinity by using soft, elastic material. We can help you with these body parts from the design phase by offering consultation and tips on how to effectively install them on robots. We offer quality and lead times that have been favorably received by the automobile and robotics industries (several major manufacturers). Our YaWaRaKa Robo D brand is a registered trademark in Japanese, and we have been granted multiple patents for soft external robot body parts. We are an industry pioneer as a company dedicated to soft external robot body parts.


[Strength of products/technologies]
Our company exclusively focuses on soft material machining, so our know-how on soft material grows with every passing year. We know of no other companies that specialize in this field, so our technology is quite unique. We recently initiated R&D into another innovative, composite technology that combines machining and special coating to create a designable yet flexible curved body, and have acquired a patent for it. This curved body technology is something that everyone in the robot industry should know about. Safety and affinity can be enhanced by enclosing a robot within this soft cover. In terms of risk assessment this cover cannot eliminate sources of danger, but it may reduce their frequency of occurrence. 

[Representative's message]
Our company is a relatively rare case. I was able to take over as the second president and plant manager through an employee buy-out. This is why we need to revitalize our existing businesses and also to develop new lines of business so we will not feel ashamed before the former president. I believe that we owe it to our former president and society to move forward for new growth opportunities. This is a small, young company with less than 10 employees and an average employee age of 35, but everyone works hard in fields like technology development to obtain patents. We are not content to stick with the status quo, and I think this is a characteristic feature of our company. We intend to keep growing by making the most of speed and unique technologies that no one can imitate. 

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
We introduced cost planning and cost management systems to acquire more customers. This was done with support from a business management adviser sent from the Organization for Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan (SMRJ). We also sought the advisor’s advice when visualizing customers (such as by making a customer list). We learned how to create action plans, and to proceed with a PDCA cycle to prepare our organization. We applied under public certification programs to secure a certain level of reputation and trust. We have acquired business plan approval under the Mie Prefecture Management Innovation Plan, and also Regional Resource Utilization Plan approval from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). For inquiries, please contact Mori (phone: +81-59-325-3237). 

[Market share/Ranking]
Our company possesses unique machining technology for soft materials. We have the largest share in the field of soft material machining (such as urethane foam, PP resin foam, PE resin foam, and rubber form). This field also includes the market for automobile interior parts production (prototype resin foam products used as shock absorbers). Our company has grown with this highly specialized niche business that is not generally known to the public. 

[Awards and media coverage]

Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun; Chunichi Shimbun; Chubu Keizai Shimbun; Ise Shimbun. 

[Intellectual property]
We have registered multiple trademarks and have been granted multiple patents.

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Automobile industry (Kaneka, JSP, Kaneka Foam Plastics, JSP Molding, Ibidenjushi); nursing care robot industry (Yasukawa Electric, Fuji Machine Mfg.); industrial robot industry (five major robot manufacturers).

This company is recommended by the following support organizations.

Chubu Head Office, SMRJ

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