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TRIZ Home Page in Japan- 25 May 2015

Updated: 25 May 2015


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

Photo-UST-Nakagawa-130927From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated tonight

   (dated May 25. 25) in the Japanese pages.

   English translation of them is under the way.

[1]CrePS/TRIZ/USIT Documents:  

   USIT Manual, USIT Case Studies, and some more Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)



[1] CrePS/TRIZ/USIT Documents:  

   USIT Manual, USIT Case Studies, and some more Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin Univ.)


   USIT ('Unified Structured Inventive Thinking') was originally developed by Dr. Ed Sickafus (1995) as a

   concise and consistent problem solving process and has been extended further in Japan by integrating

   and unifying various TRIZ methods into USIT.

   By recognizing the Six-Box Scheme (of USIT) as a new paradigm of creative problem solving, USIT is now

   established as a concise overall process for the real practice of the General Methodology of Creative Problem

   Solving (CrePS), which can include/unify TRIZ, USIT, and many other creative problem solving methods.

   Manual of the USIT process has been described in the form of 31 slides along its steps.

   And over 10 examples of creative problem solving (originally using USIT, TRIZ, and some other methods) have

   been described according to the USIT Manual, and form a Collection of USIT Case Studies.

   A new page of the USIT Process contains the indexes of USIT Manual, USIT Operators, USIT Case Studies, and

   USIT References.

   All these new pages are posted in Japanese (May 25, 2015);

   their English pages are under the way.


Please visit our website for more information about these Innovation and TRIZ  topics.

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

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TRIZ Home Page in Japan-25 April 2015

Updated:25 April 2015


Dear TRIZ Colleagues,

Photo-UST-Nakagawa-130927From : Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University 


"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated last night

   (dated Apr. 25) in English and in Japanese.

[1] TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers (Jan. - Apr.) 16 people from abroad and 4 from Japan)

[2] Conference Announcements:  

     Japan TRIZ Symp. 2015, ICSI2015, and TRIZCON 2016

[3] Editorial: 'New Information in 2012' is archived.

[4] Publication announcement (Japanese edition, domestic shipping)

Four photeos of cherry blossom are recorded in the page [1].


[1] TRIZ Forum: Letters from Readers(Jan. - Apr. 2015 English page:

   Ellen Domb (USA), Iuri Belski (Australia), Ramu Iyer (USA), Jim Harrington (USA),

   Ron Fulbright (USA), Alla Zusman (USA), Stephen Dourson (USA), James Kowalick (USA),

   George Draghici (Romania), Ravi Phani (India), Nicoletta Locatelli ( ), Helena Navas (Portugal),

   Shahid Saleem Arshad (Australia), Soo Ben Khoh (Korea), Bui Van Tao (Vietnam), Zawiah Abdul Majid (Malaysia),

   Toru Nakagawa (OGU)

(a) E. Domb lists up a large number of TRIZ organizations of national/regional/international levels.

(b) I. Belski sent inquiries to over 20 TRIZ people in the world concerning the experiences of TRIZ-related education in universities.

     I responded to send several references of my experiences posted in this Web site.

(c) J. Harrington asked over-20 AI members for some real data showing the impact of TRIZ.

     A. Zusman among others responded. I recommended K.J. Uhrner's paper presented at ETIA TFC 2005.

(d) J. Kowalick was interested in the earthquake prediction research especially using Mahalanobis-Taguchi System.

(e) The photoes of Cherry Blossom have attracted a number of Spring Greetings.

Japanese page:

   Osamu Saito (Keihin), Tsunetake Maekawa (Japan QC Association), Kazuya Yamaguchi (MOST),

   Yuko Hirayama (Japan VE Association), Bui Van Tao (Vietnam), Toru Nakagawa (OGU)

(f) O. Saito, a beginner of learning USIT, asked questions on two illustrates of 'Picture Hanging Kit Problem.

     I answered him that his comments are right in part and we should be very careful in drawing the problem/solution situations.

(g) K. Yamaguchi is interested in the earthquake prediction research and mentions the possibility of analyzing

     10,000 aspects of information simultaneously by using Maharanobis-Taguchi method.

[2] Announcements of conferences in Japan and in the world.

[2A] Japan TRIZ Symposium 2015 (by Japan TRIZ Society) Sept. 3 - 4, 2015 in Tokyo.

     Abstract submission due: May 15, 2015 (1 page)

[2B] ICSI 2015 (Intn'l COnf. Systematic Innovation):

       Jul. 15-17, 2014, at Hong Kong Preliminary Agenda is announced:

     Invited Keynote & Tutorial Speakers: Sergei Ikovenko, Toru Nakagawa, Oleg Feygenson

     Nakagawa: Keynote: "Six-BOx Scheme: New Paradigm" Tutorial: "Introduction to USIT"

[2C] Next year TRIZCON2016 (by Altshuller Institute Mar. 3-5, 2016 at New Orleans, LA, USA

[3] Editorial: 'New Information' posted in 2012 is moved to the archive file

[4] Publication Announcement:

     "TRIZ Practices and Benefits" Book Series (in Japanese) published by the CrePS Institute (Toru Nakagawa) are

     now purchasable at the Market Place of


     The printed editions are available for the standard price plus 259 yen for delivery (as set by Amazon's policy).

     No shipping out of Japan.Sorry.

     Books and their DL editions are available at the DLmarket site as before.

     (DL editions are downloadable out of Japan.)


Please visit our website for more information about these Innovation and TRIZ  topics.

Best wishes always,

Toru Nakagawa

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6th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI)



The Society of Systematic Innovation
The 6th International Conference on Systematic Innovation (ICSI)
& The 5th Global Competition on Systematic Innovation (GCSI)
July 15-17, 2015, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sponsored by: The Society of Systematic Innovation (SSI)
Co-organized by: Institute of Systematic Innovation, Hong Kong,
The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers-Manufacturing and Industrial Division
Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Management, Hong Kong University of Science
and Technology, International TRIZ Association, and Altshuller Institute of TRIZ Studies.


Call For Project Competition/Exhibition
Your outstanding innovation deserves Global Recognitions in the International Arena!
Innovation maybe accidental, systematic innovation is destined! E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Multiple gold/silver/bronze medals awards available
First place award: USD 3,000 + platinum medal award + certificate
Up to USD 8,000 awards+medals+certificates awaiting you.
Author’s live presentation is NOT required to win, though encouraged.


Both events are high impact and energy with lots to see and lots to learn. All AI members can enjoy the same discount as the SSI member. Just indicate the AI membership on the registration.

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Romulo Garza Award



Romulo Garza Award: Professor Inventor Category - February 2013

This last February of 2013 Dr. Noel Leon, Emeritus Professor of the School of Engineering and Information Technology of Tecnologico de Monterrey, was granted with the Rómulo Garza award in the category of Professor Inventor.

Dr. Leon graduated as DiplomEngineer in Agricultural Machine Design in 1969 from the Dresden University of Technology in Germany. He has a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (summa cum laude) from the same University in 1976.

He is recognized as the first Latin American certified in the TRIZ innovation methodology in 1996, and he is one of the leading international experts in this methodology for the development and innovation of products, processes and services. He has trained and educated engineers, technicians and managers from Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru, France and Germany in this methodology. He practices also the methodology of Quality Function Deployment, QFD. He was the president Latin American QFD Association. Dr. León is a prominent member of the Altshuller Institute for TRIZ studies and serves on the Publications Committee.

In his courses, he uses the Project-based learning technique, and together with his students he has achieved the development and innovation of more than 50 industrial products.


Among some of the patents that have been granted in his name are:

  • US6739438Brake Rigging System,
  • MX261228 Portable device for self-diagnostic tests of cervical uterine cancer through simultaneous optical and electrical measurements.
  • NL/a/2005/000066 Saving Energy with an electronic sweeping circuit
    • NL/a/2005/000072 /MX 288055 Improved system of slope protection with whole or halved waste tires
    • NL/a/2006/000003 Centrifugal Filter of Reverse Osmosis with increased flow by vortex
    • Mx/a/2007/002577 Electro-thermal device for controlling the temperature in Textiles
    • NL/a/2005/000021 Axial reciprocating engine.
    • Mx/a/2008/016474Solar concentrating lens by refraction with high efficiency
    • Mx/a/2007/015520 Wall structure with thermal insulation.
    • NL/a/2005/000016 Sampling of endocervical and ectocervixcells


Dr. Leon is founder and Honorary President of the TRIZ Mexico Association (AMETRIZ), which has developed six international conferences in Technological Innovation. Currently,

he is director of the Research Chair "Engineering Design and Innovation" at ITESM, Campus Monterrey.



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What Makes Samsung Such An Innovative Company?

By Haydn Shaughnessy, Contributor,

“I write about enterprise innovation”

Tech 3/07/2013 @ 6:32AM |50,392 views Forbes Magazine

Full article at:

Samsung is a global leader in screen technology, TVs, batteries, and chip design. So in terms of innovation it is doing a lot right. But we know very little about how.

Two developments convinced the company in the late 1990s and early 2000s that they could adopt a systematic approach to innovation and that is what seems to underpin their current success.

The first development provides a broader explanation for Samsung’s innovation capacity. In the late 1990s they were able to tap into a source of cheap scientific expertise in the former Soviet Union.

In 2009 BusinessWeek reported that Samsung relied on its relationships with Russian experts for its smartphone software development, adding: “Russian brains helped Samsung develop the image-processing chips in its digital TVs and refine its frequency-filtering technology that significantly reduced noise on its now-ubiquitous handsets.”

But a second effect of the relationship with Russian science was the introduction of TRIZ, an innovation method that Samsung adopted from 2000 onwards but which only reached American companies from the mid-2000s onwards (Intel is a user).

TRIZ is a methodology for systematic problem solving. Typical of its origins in Russia, it asks users to seek the contradictions in current technological conditions and customer needs and to imagine an ideal state that innovation should drive towards.

Samsung had early successes with TRIZ, saving over $100 million in its first few projects. It was also adopting Six Sigma at the time.

But it was TRIZ that became the bedrock of innovation at Samsung. And it was introduced at Samsung by Russian engineers whom Samsung had hired into its Seoul Labs in the early 2000s.

In 2003 TRIZ led to 50 new patents for Samsung and in 2004 one project alone, a DVD pick-up innovation, saved Samsung over $100 million. TRIZ is now an obligatory skill set if you want to advance within Samsung.

At the Samsung Advanced Institute for Technology, Hyo June Kim, who wrote The Theory of Inventive Problem Solving, a foundation text on TRIZ published in Korean, trained over 1,000 engineers across Samsung companies in 2004 alone.                  

What we know from this is how Samsung approaches innovation. Rather it is based on developing a creative elite. This explains how Samsung used TRIZ to get to its Super AMOLED displays.

Samsung Electronics has a sense of crisis that we have been a fast follower and we can not survive anymore in this position. Instead of leading the industry by developing innovative products, we have followed fast what the leading companies had developed. Top management pointed out this and asked employee not to be a fast follower, but to be an innovative leader.

At Samsung even the subsidiary CEO has to take TRIZ training. From looking at the various presentations I estimate that engineers get about 15 days of training plus 7 days specific project work. That’s quite an investment in method and people.

So the answer to why Samsung is so innovative – with at least two major product announcements this month – is that it is heavily invested in its people, it goes in search of special talent wherever it can find it, but specifically made astute moves into Russia early on; it targets its innovations towards specific competitors and patents that it wants to overhaul (as Apple did under Jobs); and it has an innovation culture based on extensive training, repeatable methodology and creative elite formation, backed by the highest levels of management.

To read the full article, click the link above.

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