The technical group of powder handling deals with solid material handling, such as powder storing, feeding, conveying, packing, and measurement. This group was established approximately 40 years ago. Since then 164 meetings had been held in total by the end of 2014.
Activities of the group are composed of a technical lecture, factory tour, product introduction session, and social gathering. New participants, who are mostly young, has been increasing in number of late. A social gathering party is held usually after the meeting. This party serves as a good place for information exchange between users and the manufacture, as well as between the industry and the academe, and among the professionals working in the same field.
Current level of technology, trend and activities in future
The design, development, and production capability of unit equipment merit attention in considering the entire manufacturing process. Indeed, the unit equipment for powder storing and feeding, among others, is not a simple component at the forefront of the process. In terms of material handling, the unit equipment is considered when assessing other processes, including conveying, packaging, and measurement. Meanwhile, logistics includes all material handling operations related to the movement and safekeeping of raw materials, half-finished goods, and finished goods.
As regards the manufacturing process and logistics, an important goal is to minimize the movement distance of powders, improve bottlenecks, lessen labor and energy loss, reinforce the security, and diminish the possibility of unexpected troubles. For each unit equipment, if a higher correspondence is demanded, notwithstanding the tendency of equipment specifications to vary, then the range of standardization should be decided to prevent divergence. The following items are taken by the groups as future technical focal points.
1) Systematization of powder handling
(Supplement various examinations and simulations)
2) Introduction of material handling technology
(Including the energy management system, energy saving machine apparatus, information and communications technology, measurement system using high sensitive sensor, and shift to high-function material handling technology)
3) Standardization of national and international designs for safety
4) Optimization of powder handling in consideration of powder properties
(Application development as regards the Japanese Industrial Standard for the examination of powder properties and practice process)
5) Practical use of nanoparticle handling
|Vice Coordinator||Nihon University||KOUFU/Kenji|
|Representative Organizer||AISHIN INDUSTRIAL CO.,LTD||MURAKAMI/Toru|
|Vice Representative Organizer||NISSHIN ENGINEERING INC.||EBIHARA/Hiroyuki|
|HAKARU PLUS CORPORATION||EGUCHI/Tatsuya|
|MARUO CALCIUM CO., LTD.||MORISHITA/Toshiya|
|MATSUSHIMA MEASURE TECH CO., LTD.||NABEUCHI/Hiroshi|
|TOYO HITEC CO., LTD.||YAMATO/Kazutoshi|
|URAS TECHNO CO.,LTD.||SUZUKI/Tsukasa|
|Emeritus Coordinator||Professor Emeritus, Yokohama National University||MATSUMOTO/Kanji|