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Latest update: 27/04/2017 14:30:01

Any Design Co., Ltd.

Digital precision levels having resolution of 0.001 mm/m

We are a precision equipment manufacturer keeping overseas development in mind. We have developed a digital precision level with a resolution of 1 μm/m and has attracted a lot of attention because of this. Furthermore, we this technology is used in solutions related to remote location centralized control of levels for precision processing devices and landslide monitoring and warning devices. This will lead to the expansion of our operations. We also actively work on intellectual property strategy, and hold five domestic patents and one patent application. We have applied for overseas patents in five countries including Germany, the U.S.A. and China. Inquiries from export trading companies are increasing and we are preparing data in English to aid in global development.

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[Company strength]
A precision level is an indispensable measuring instrument in Monozukuri (manufacturing), and no precision processing facility can operate without one. The error, sensitivity etc. are stipulated by the Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS), and the resolution was 2 μm/m by visual inspection by an experienced, skilled person. High proficiency was required for the measurement. One of our mechatronics engineers, with over 35 years of experience, was responsible for developing the level. We are well versed in state-of-the-art IT technologies and communication technologies such as embedded CPUs and field-programmable gate array (FPGA). We receive evaluations for our future novelty and feasibility when adopting Monozukuri (manufacturing) subsidies. Our intellectual property consists of five domestic patents and one more is in the application process. We have applied for overseas patents in five countries including Germany, the U.S.A. and China. 

[Business description]
We design and develop mechatronics for our own products and related equipment. We developed a digital precision level with a resolution of 1 μm/m in October 2014 used to measure semiconductors and facilities for ultraprecision submicron processing. Other possible applications of the level include devices for remote location, centralized control of installation levels for precision processing devices and for landslide monitoring and warning devices. We cooperate with NIIGATA RIKEN SOKUHAN CO., LTD., a manufacturer specialized in precision levels and have operated as an OEM since May 2016. Their products carry our label and we also sell our own products.

[Industry]
Manufacture of precision equipment

[Strength of products/technologies]
Precision levels used to be hand-made by craftsmen. Previous leveling data used the old data output standard RS-232-C, and not even computer connectors that use this standard exist now. Our digital precision level uses a bubble tube with measurement reproducibility as a core sensor, and an image sensor unaffected by temperature changes is used to sense its behavior. The unit is equipped with firmware to compensate for errors and for IT communications, so anyone can easily use it. All of the components and mechanisms are general-purpose items. This is how we have realized higher stability, higher precision, downsizing, and lower cost in comparison with previous digital precision levels. Special technologies and skills are unnecessary, and mass production is possible. We have patented our product as a measure against imitations.

[Representative's message]
We produce reliable, trustworthy measuring equipment which is the result of a great deal of labor. Our product was released under the brand of a specialized manufacturer in May 2016 and inquiries increased at once. We will make a series of products and increase the available options step-by-step to improve the strength of our products. Last year we participated in five exhibitions of various scales and demonstrated actually measured values via the Internet using smartphones and browsers. We proposed unprecedented uses for our product, which were favorably received. One measuring device in a factory is sufficient for traditional uses such as measurement after taking the device off the shelf each time it is used. Our device is installed in equipment and machinery to carry out continuous measurement, and enables centralized management. This has created remarkable demand in factories and the like, including overseas, and together with providing maintenance services, a new business model has been born. We will also advance our contribution to society through disaster prevention and mitigation uses.

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
The present sales expansion is based on a sales route of NIIGATA RIKEN SOKUHAN CO., LTD with whom we are cooperating. Our technical experts directly deal with new uses and special orders, and provide the necessary expert advice. We will hire technical experts who left other major companies to expand our sales base. We have also already received many inquiries from exporters and are preparing English data for overseas business. We have applied for patents in five foreign countries including Germany, the U.S.A. and China.



[Market share/Ranking]
We have a 3 billion yen share in the domestic market and 30 billion yen for exports of conventional products. (Source: Sales director at Obishi Keiki Seisakusho Co., Ltd., a manufacturer of levels). We are now expanding sales, and our share is less than 1%.



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[Intellectual property]
Registered patents: “Level (Patent No. 5078190)” and four other inventions
One published patent application: “Level ”  



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