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Latest update: 11/12/2020 09:27:59

Icomes Lab Co., Ltd.

We manufacture one of the world’s smallest gear reducers through mechatronics technology.

Our business centers on our core gear reducer and microactuator technology and applied products. These products include mechanisms for high-speed shutters and precision apertures used in surveying instruments, auto-focusing in single lens reflex cameras, and drug solution delivery in electric anesthetic syringes. Our actuator is also used in our Pipetty electric pipet for medical use. This pen-like product is used in precision experiments where the world’s smallest, lightest pipet can be useful. Our gear reducer make use of a miraculous planetary method that enables a greater than 50% reduction in the number of parts. 

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[Company strength]
Our operations are centered on micro technology, and include R&D as well as product development, production, and sales. We have three divisions in our company for managing development and production. This is so we can quickly develop products based on customer needs, and supply parts, units, and OEM systems, or finished products and products under our own brand. Recently our products have been adopted mainly in the life science field. This is because users in this field need to control drug solutions in a precise manner, so pipets, syringes, pumps, and valves need to be smaller, and more precise. We will supply these precision instruments to contribute to the development of regenerative medicine. 

[Business description]
Our business centers on the world’s smallest plastic gear reducer and the related microactuator technology (less than 10 mm in diameter). We apply this technology to a wide range of other products. These include mechanisms for high-speed shutters and precision apertures used in surveying instruments, auto-focusing in single lens reflex cameras, and drug solution delivery in electric anesthetic syringes. Our actuator is also used in our Pipetty electric pipet for medical use. This pen-like product is used in precision experiments where the world’s smallest, lightest pipet can be useful. We are trying to expand the scope of application to other fields. 

[Industry]
Manufacturing

[Strength of products/technologies]
Our core technology is a gear reducer composed of ultra-small gears with teeth that are only 0.1 mm in size. We realized high precision and a long service life for these plastic injection-molded gears by applying Iwate University’s high-precision die technology and tribology technology. Our reducer also makes use of a miraculous planetary method that enables a greater than 50% reduction in the number of parts compared to a conventional multi-stage planetary gear method. The excellence of our method was proven in the product development phase when the product was made small, lightweight, and reasonably priced. 

[Representative's message]
Our company is working to expand its business by providing products and technologies for new forms of communication in the future. This is done through our core mechatronics technology, knowledge and technology in universities, and collaboration with local manufacturers. Our miraculous microactuator is the world’s smallest planetary gear reducer. It was developed using plastic gears, but it can be applied to a wide range of fields. We offer our micro mechanism technology products with confidence, as they can create new markets on their own. 

[Company structure for market development/overseas expansion]
Our company policy is that everyone is a salesperson. We generally have three sales forces. The first group is mainly composed of the directors and senior executives. The second group includes technical sales representatives mostly from the development department, and the third group includes everyone else. We flexibly handle our life science products such as the Pipetty Series, which is one of our main products, through different kinds of promotions. These include tie-ups with laboratory instrument sales companies in Tokyo. 

[Market share/Ranking]
The market share of our microactuator is unknown. Our Pipetty product has an 8% share of the domestic Japanese market.

[Awards and media coverage]
[Awards]
Medical Creation Fukushima 2014, Grand Prix; 5th Nippon New Business Creation Award, Excellence Award, Entrepreneur Category; Tohoku Region Invention Award (2009); Tohoku Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Director’s Award; and so on.

[Media]
Japan Patent Office, booklet on case studies on intellectual asset-based management (2011); Nikkei newspaper, page on the economy of the Tohoku region.


[Joint research and development]
The reducer used in our microactuator was developed and mass produced as a result of joint research with the Research Center for Die and Mold Technology, Iwate University. This microactuator is also a core component in our Pipetty series products. We have another pipet for regenerative medicine in the Pipetty series as a high-end model, which is being jointly developed with Physical and Chemical Research in Kobe. We also have a joint development project with Kyoto University and the Industrial Technology Center on a cell culture system. 

[Intellectual property]
Domestic patents: 10 items.
Overseas patents: 1 item (US).
Design registrations: 2 items.


[Transaction form]
Direct transactions or indirect transactions through sales agencies.

[Transaction terms]
Month-end closing, next month-end payment.

[Main Clients / Business History (domestic)]
Tamron; Sokkia Topcon; Alps Electric; Optonexus; Tohoku Rhythm; Nipro; Nidec; Ministry of Defense; National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.

[Main Clients / Business History (overseas)]
Hangzhou Amphenol Phoenix Telecom Parts; Nanobiosys.

[Exhibition History/Information]
M-Tech; various academic conferences held in Japan; Medica (Germany). 

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公益財団法人 いわて産業振興センター
Tohoku Head Office, SMRJ
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