Awards

V-LINE Direct Casting Injection Molding Machine for Aluminum Alloy ALM450 wins the Main Award at the 59th (2016) Best 10 New Product Awards

Sodick Chairman and Representative Director Toshihiko Furukawa (right) accepting the award

V-LINE® Direct Casting Injection Molding Machine for Aluminum Alloy ALM450

The ALM450 aluminum alloy injection molding machine for V-LINE®* direct casting developed by Sodick (President and Representative Director: Yuji Kaneko) has won the "Main Award" at the "59th (2016) Best 10 New Products Awards" given by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun.

2016 was the 59th year of Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun’s Best 10 New Products Awards, which the publisher started in 1958 as a way to promote development of outstanding new products and help improve the level of technology of Japanese industry. From among the new products developed, prototypes built, and commercialized during the year, 10 products are selected and awarded each year (in some years, around 10). The awards celebrate creative inventions having a big impact in Japan and abroad, that attain the highest standards of performance in the world, and that greatly contribute to advancement in manufacturing or to improvement of Japan’s manufacturing technology.

The ALM450 aluminum alloy injection molding machine for V-LINE® direct casting is the first product of its kind in the world. It enables the injection molding method in widespread use for plastic materials to be used with aluminum alloy also, for high-precision molding using precisely measured amounts of casting material. ALM450 was praised for creating and growing a new injection molding market, with a structure that eliminates the melting furnace and holding furnace needed for the conventional cold chamber method, and a special coating to solve the problem of erosion.

*V-LINE is a registered trademark of Sodick Co., Ltd.

Sodick Plastic Molding Revolution ad wins Merit Award in Transformative Advertising Category of 55th (2016) Business Advertising Awards (Sponsor: Fuji Sankei Business i )

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Sodick Plastic Molding Revolution ad

A Sodick advertisement highlighting the plastic molding revolution enabled by the Sodick’s Precision Metal 3D Printer OPM250L won the Transformative Advertising Category of the 2016 Business Advertising Awards given by Fuji Sankei Business i, a business newspaper published by Nihon Kogyo Shimbun Shinsha . The award ceremony was held at the Tokyo Sankei Building (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) on November 25, 2016.

Created in 1962, the Business Advertising Awards are Japan’s oldest awards for industry advertising. There are currently seven categories. The Transformative Advertising category recognizes transformative ads that make free use of advertising space, selecting winners on the basis of the ad’s all-around appeal/effectiveness, creativity, and relevance to today’s world.

Sodick’s winning ad showed an example of a manufacturing system enabling a major (55%) reduction in product manufacturing lead time by using Sodick’s OPM250L 3D printer with a Sodick GL Series injection molding machine. OPM250L is a precision metal 3D printer driven by a linear motor, which can produce next-generation dies equipped with 3D cooling channels. GL Series models are injection molding machines for high added-value products, which use Sodick’s V-LINE® system to enable stable molding with better yields.
Praised for its clear presentation of new value designed to provide solutions to manufacturing problems, the ad won the award for its treatment of advanced technologies leading the way to the next generation.

“PCD tool: PCD Micro Tool Nano Cutter ” wins the Machine Parts Award at the 12th (2015) “Cho” MONODZUKURI Innovative Parts and Components Award

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Sodick FT Representative Managing Officer Satoshi Iwase receiving the testimonial

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PCD tool: PCD Micro Tool
Nano Cutter

At the 12th (2015) “Cho” MONODZUKURI Innovative Parts and Components Award”, sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Sodick’s “PCD tool: PCD Micro Tool Nano Cutter” won the Machine Parts Award Category. Sodick FT Representative Managing Officer Satoshi Iwase attended the awards ceremony held at the Hotel Grand Palace (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) on October 13, 2015.

This award was established in 2003 with the aim of contributing to the development of Japanese industry and society by breathing new life into manufacturing in Japan, focusing specifically on products, parts and materials whose important contributions are not otherwise recognized.

Used for micromachining tasks, the winning PCD Micro Tool Nano Cutter can achieve nano-order cut surfaces in difficult-to-cut ultrahard ceramic, steel and nonferrous metal materials. The product was praised for its ability to eliminate the need for polishing processes, helping improve productivity by enabling prolonged unmanned cutting with little tool consumption (wear).
Also praised was the part it plays in forming a system for quickly providing user-specified cutting tool shapes. The product was held to be a promising key contributor to the future of Japan’s manufacturing industry.

“Metal 3D Printer OPM250L” wins the Nippon Brand Award at the 45th (2015) Industrial Machine Design Special Awards

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President and Representative Director Yuji Kaneko (left) receiving the plaque

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Linear Motor Driven Precision Metal 3D Printer OPM250L

At the 45th (2015) Industrial Machine Design Special Awards, sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Sodick’s linear motor-driven one-process milling center metal 3D printer “OPM250L” won the “Nippon Brand Award”. It was the second year in a row that the product had won an award, following a 2014 win of the Main Award in the Best 10 New Product Awards also given by the newspaper. President and Representative Director Yuji Kaneko attended the awards ceremony held at the Hotel Grand Palace (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) on July 28, 2015.

Seeking to help grow and promote industrial product design in Japan, Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun began the Industrial Machine Design Special Awards in 1970 with the support of METI, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and related industry groups. The awards have continued annually until the 45th awards in 2015. Winning products need to have more than just outwardly appealing designs. The award committee makes an overall assessment that considers everything from product quality, cost-efficiency, marketability and ergonomics, to safety, environmental friendliness, and universal design. A large number of advanced products are recognized every year for their pioneering design qualities and ability to impact industrial product development.

Sodick’s Metal 3D Printer OPM250L won the Nippon Brand Award category for its ability to represent the best of Japanese manufacturing worldwide. Specifically, the award committee praised the product’s: ability to be used with product lineups developed by the Sodick Group to create innovative manufacturing with a consistent design concept in all manufacturing processes it is used in, ability to promote the widespread use of practical 3D printers at molded plastic product manufacturing sites, original design qualities, and improved overall balance created from a combination of outstanding functionality and operability.

第57回 2014年「十大新製品賞」(主催:日刊工業新聞社)<br>金属3Dプリンタ「OPM250L」が「本賞」受賞

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President Yuji Kaneko receives a plaque

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Metal 3D Printer Linear Motor Driven
One Process Milling Center OPM250L

At the 57th (2014) “Best 10 New Product Awards”, sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (Business & Technology Daily News), Sodick's Metal 3D Printer “OPM250L” won the “Main Award of the Best 10 New Product Awards”. President and Representative Director Yuji Kaneko attended the awards ceremony held at the Hotel Grand Palace (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) on January 22, 2015.

The first “Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun Best 10 New Product Awards” were awarded in 1958, and 2014 marked the 57th year of the awards. This is a program instituted by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun for the purpose of encouraging development of competent new products, and boosting the technology standards of Japanese industry. From among the new products developed, prototypes built, and commercialized during the year, 10 products are selected and awarded each year (in some years, around 10). The awards celebrate creative inventions having a big impact in Japan and abroad, that attain the highest standards of performance in the world, and that greatly contribute to advancement in manufacturing or to improvement of Japan’s manufacturing technology.

Sodick was given the Main Award in recognition of success at developing within the group a Metal 3D Printer to be utilized in all manufacturing processes, enabling the building of product groups based on a consistent design concept, and at using this Metal 3D Printer “OPM250L” and the resulting product group to facilitate the spread of a practical Metal 3D Printer to the manufacturing sites of plastic molded products.

Mercury Lamp Substitute Large Luminous Flux LED module ALSP-01 Built-In “LED High Intensity Unit Light Source Floodlight PIKA 101” wins the “Environmental-Related Parts Award” at the 11th (2014)

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LED High Intensity Unit Light Source Floodlight PIKA Series

Award certificate

▲Award certificate (click to enlarge)

At the 2014 “"Cho" MONODZUKURI Innovative Parts and Components Award”, sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun (Business & Technology Daily News), Sodick’s Mercury Lamp Substitute Large Luminous Flux LED module ALSP-01 Built-In “LED High Intensity Unit Light Source Floodlight PIKA 101” won the “Environmental-Related Parts Award”.

This award was established in 2003 with the aim of contributing to the development of Japanese industry and society by breathing new life into manufacturing in Japan, focusing specifically on products, parts and materials whose important contributions are not otherwise recognized.

According to Mr. Masatsugu Taniguchi, a journalist in the resources & environment field and a project professor at the Graduate School of Kyoto University, Sodick was given the award in anticipation that the product can contribute greatly in energy conservation and reduction of global warming gas emissions as a product that originated in Japan within the expanding global market for LEDs, at a time when the basic technology for blue-color LEDs was rewarded with a Nobel Prize.

“LED High Intensity Unit Light Source Floodlight PIKA Series” wins “the prize for idea naming at “the 24th Naming award” for 2013 (Sponsor: Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun)

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Executive Managing Director Kazuo Asakura (Sodick LED) receiving the testimonial.

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LED High Intensity Unit Light Source Floodlight PIKA Series

At “the 24th Naming award”, 2013 sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, Sodick’s “LED High Intensity Unit Light Source Floodlight PIKA Series” won “the prize for idea naming”. Executive Managing Director Kazuo Asakura (Sodick LED) attended the award ceremony held on March 6, 2014 at the Hotel Grand Palace (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).

This award was first held in 1990 and 2013 marked the 24th annual award. It is implemented as a readers’ choice award, with readers voting for the best product naming that clearly and sensitively expresses the content of products and services that hit the headlines for that particular year.

The “LED High Intensity Unit Light Source Floodlight PIKA Series” won “the prize for idea naming” for its sparkling name with outstanding power of idea.

10th “Cho” MONODZUKURI Innovative Parts and Components Award, 2013
(sponsored by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbunsha)
Sodick Transcendent Meg-Herz Modulation Amplifier (TMM Amplifier) wins the Machine Parts Award

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President and Representative Director Yuji Kaneko receiving the plaque

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TMM Amplifier

The Sodick TMM Amplifier (Transcendent Meg-Herz Modulation Amplifier) garnered the award of the Machine Parts Award of 10th “Cho” MONODZUKURI Innovative Parts and Components Award, 2013.
President and Representative Director Yuji Kaneko attended the awards ceremony, held on November 20, 2013 at the Hilton Tokyo in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo.

This award was established in 2003 with the aim of contributing to the development of Japanese industry and society by breathing new life into manufacturing in Japan, focusing specifically on products, parts and materials whose important contributions are not otherwise recognized.

The TMM amplifier is a driving power supply unit used to control various motors, and is intended to be installed in ultra-precise, high-speed machine tools and other applied devices and units.
It was given the award in recognition of its excellence as a next-generation amplifier that further advances the merits of the three existing circuit system technologies, namely linear modulation, pulse-width modulation (PWM) and pulse amplitude modulation (PAM), while at the same time resolving the deficiencies in each of the three methods.

43rd Industrial Machine Design Special Awards, 2013 (sponsored by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbunsha)
Sodick Wire-cut EDM SL400G/SL600G wins the Nippon Brand Award

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President and Representative Director Yuji Kaneko receiving the plaque

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Wire-cut EDM SL400G/SL600G

The Sodick Wire-cut EDM SL400G/SL600G garnered the Nippon Brand Award at the 43rd Industrial Machine Design Special Award sponsored by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbunsha. Sodick’s President and Representative Director Yuji Kaneko attended the awards ceremony, held on July 25 at the Hotel Grand Palace in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.

This award was established in 1970 with the aim of growing and promoting industrial product design in Japan, and many of the products that have gained this award have become greatly esteemed as cutting-edge products that forge new directions in design in their respective eras.

The Wire-cut EDM SL400G/SL600G was singled out for particular praise for its inventive unique fully enclosed design, which has transformed the conventional image of machine tools, as well as for features such as its 19-inch multi-touch LCD monitor and its capacity to deliver fast and highly precise rough machining combined with finely detailed refined surface textures during finishing.

Ultra-high speed machining center TT1-400A wins the Main Award at the 55th New Products Best 10 2012 (sponsor: Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun)

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President Yuji Kaneko receives a plaque

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"Ultra-high Speed Machining Center TT1-400A"

At the 55th (2012) “Best 10 New Product Awards” sponsored by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, our company’s "TT1-400A Ultra-high speed Machining Center" won the Main Award. President Yuji Kaneko attended an awards ceremony held on January 24, 2013 at the Hotel Grand Palace (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).
This award is presented to new products or newly invented technologies released between December 1, 2011 and November 16, 2012 which exhibit originality and also contribute exceptionally to our nation’s industrial technological improvement.

The "TT1-400A", an ultra-high speed machining center that adopts lightweight, highly durable carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the table and saddle of the XY cross table, is equipped with our company’s linear motors on every axis on the X, Y, and Z axis, and achieved a maximum table acceleration speed of 0.5G in cutting work. The system allows processing at an acceleration speed of 3 to 10 times faster than general machining centers (MC), which was highly regarded and received a well-deserved award.

HAYABUSA, a high speed wire electrode for Wire-cut EDM, wins the Machine Parts Award at the 2012

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Executive Director Nobuo Maie (Sodick FT) receives an award.
(SodickF・T)

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"HAYABUSA,
a high speed wire electrode for Wire-cut EDM"

At the 2012 "Cho" MONODZUKURI innovative Parts Award sponsored by Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, our company’s "HAYABUSA, a high speed wire electrode for Wire-cut EDM", won the Machine Parts Award. Executive Director Nobuo Maie (Sodick FT) attended the awards ceremony, which was held on November 28, 2012 at the Hotel Grand Palace (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo).

This award was created in 2003 for the purpose of contributing to our nation’s industrial and social development in order to rebuild our nation’s monozukuri (the craftsmanship and philosophy of Japanese manufacturers) by focusing on products and parts that do not usually get recognition due to their hidden nature but which deserve to be acknowledged for their important supporting role.

"HAYABUSA, a high speed wire electrode for Wire-cut EDM", eliminated the weaknesses of the high speed wire and brass wire and enabled high precision processing. It also offers great cost advantages, and thus it was highly regarded and won the award.

Export of all-automatic noodle manufacturing line with EHEDG spec wins an award in the International Department at the 42nd Food Industry Technical Distinguished Service Award (Sponsor: Shokuhin Sangyo Shimbunsha)

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Executive Director Kenichi Osako receives a plaque

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All-automatic Noodle Manufacturing Line with EHEDG spec

At the 42nd Food Industry Technical Distinguished Service Award sponsored by Shokuhin Sangyo Shimbunsha, our company’s "export of all-automatic noodle manufacturing line with EHEDG spec" was awarded the "International Department Award". Executive Director Kenichi Osako attended the award ceremony, which was held on November 7, 2012 at Ueno Seiyoken (Daito-ku, Tokyo).

This award was established in 1971 by Shokuhin Sangyo Shimbunsha in celebrating the 20th anniversary with the purpose to recognize companies, or individuals or groups who "especially contributed to the development of our nation’s food industry".
"Export of all-automatic noodle manufacturing line with EHEDG spec" was highly regarded, as it expanded into a new territory of exporting food processing machines with EHEDG spec (European guideline) and won the award.

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