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TRIZ Home Page in Japan
May 8, 2013
by Toru Nakagawa, Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University
"TRIZ Home Page in Japan" has been updated
today (dated may 6) in the English and Japanese pages.
 Introductory: Easy Practice of Applying TRIZ --
Concepts and Application of USIT (Toru Nakagawa)
 Introductory article: TRIZ Application 1: Innovative Solution to Technological Problem Setsuo Arita (Hitachi), Kazushi Tsuwako (HGST)
 TRIZ News: Nakagwa's Activities (Reports and Plans)
 Editorial: To-Do-List for TRIZ
 TRIZ News: The 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan on Sept. 5-6, 2013 at Tachikawa, Tokyo. Due date of extended abstract: May 15, 2013
 Introductory article: TRIZ Application 2:
Easy Practice of Applying TRIZ -- Concepts and Application of USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking)
Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 31-36 (2013)
This is the 5th paper in the Special Issue, following three overview papers and one TRIZ application paper. Since TRIZ has very rich contents of knowledge and techniques, different ways of practices and application have been proposed. Among them, I have been recommending USIT as a compact and well-designed process, easy to understand and to apply.
USIT was originally developed by Ed Sickafus, and was further extended in Japan. In the present article I explain USIT on the basis of my current understanding of it as the new paradigm of creative problem solving. Two case studies demonstrate the USIT process; one is the improvement of a filter for separating plasma from blood, while the other is developing a new type of 'Mom's bicycle for safely carrying two children'. You can see the concepts and ways of thinking in USIT in this concise 6 page article, I hope.
 Introductory article: TRIZ Application 1:
Innovative Solution to Technological Problems by Effective Use of TRIZ
Setsuo Arita (Hitachi), Kazushi Tsuwako (HGST), "Standardization and Quality Control", Vol. 66, No. 2, pp. 25-30 (2013)
The 4th article in the TRIZ Special Issue of the JSA's monthly journal.
Hitachi Group companies have been most active and successful in Japan to apply TRIZ in their real projects, of over 4500 cases since 1997. An application case is demonstrated here; for recovering the damage on the coded surface of a hard disk they got a TRIZ solution of smashing out the extrusion with the HDD head itself.
Another case presented by Dr. Hong-Wook Lee (Hundai-Kia Motors, Korea) at Japan TRIZ Symposium 2010 is also introduced here for illustrating a process of circumventing others' patents on variable-ratio engines and developing an new scheme step by step.
 TRIZ News: (posted on Feb. 25, 2013)
The 9th TRIZ Symposium in Japan to be held by Japan TRIZ Society (JTS)
date: Sept. 5 (Thu) - 6 (Fri), 2013. 2 days place: Tachikawa City, Tokyo
CFP: Extended Abstract: due: May 15, 2013 -- Final Manuscripts: due: Jul. 16, 2013
Best wishes, Toru Nakagawa
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.