Collaborative research system
Based on the theme from the customer, we assist in achieving the goal through collaborative research as shown below.
- STEP1Determination of development theme
Applications,materials used,and required
specifications are determined on the basis of
consultions with the customer.
- STEP2Laboratory experiment
The strength and composition of the material
are tested to determine whether it can be
made by hand.
- STEP3Tset paper machine
A test paper machine is used to check
suitability for papermakikng with a small
amount of raw materials.
- STEP4Trial production using actual equipment
Trial production is performed using a paper
machine for mass production.
An evaluation is performed using a performance evaluation device.
STEP1 Determination of development theme
We use a variety of fibres and powders, including plant, animal, recycled, synthetic and inorganic fibres. By combining several fibres, we can make use of the characteristics of each fibre or make products by loading them with powder.
From the customer's point of view, materials are selected according to the intended use and required performance, and the optimum composition plan is proposed.
STEP2 Laboratory experiment
Based on the composition plan, we determine the raw material composition and physical properties that satisfy the required performance by actually producing the sheets using various laboratory-scale experimental machines.
STEP3 Trial production on a test paper machine
Paper is actually made in a roll-to-roll process using a test paper machine capable of making paper from a small amount of raw material, to check whether the designed properties can be obtained and to confirm the correlation with laboratory tests and the suitability of the paper for making paper.
Test paper machine
STEP4 Trial production using actual equipment
Paper is actually made by selecting the most suitable paper machine for mass production according to the required properties and performance, to check whether the designed properties can be obtained and to confirm the suitability for mass production.
Mass production facilities
Various evaluation and testing facilities are owned and utilised to check whether the samples actually made into sheets in laboratory experiments, on test paper machines and on trial production on actual machines perform as designed.