The Technical Group of Mixing, Kneading and Forming plans and conducts a factory tour and a lecture meeting under the slogan of “take a lesson from the past, get the latest knowledge” and “leading-edge technology”. In addition, the group tries to establish the evaluation method of mixture, kneading and forming. Such an evaluation method is important in pharmaceutical and ceramic areas where mixing and forming are key processes. The group organizes a subcommittee within it, and proceeds with the investigation toward the goal of standardization “evaluation method of kneading state”
Current level of technology, trend and activities in future
Uniform mixing and kneading technology: In response to the needs for diversification of mixtures and kneads, and for high-mix low-volume production of a wide variety of products, complex and multifunctional equipment and precise control operation technology are required. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to establish a method to utilize the results of numerical experiments such as DEM simulations in the design of mixing and kneading equipment.
Automation of mixing and kneading operations: Unmanned and automated powder operations are required to cope with the shortage of manpower due to the decrease in the working population and human-induced biological pollution such as the new coronavirus contamination. Automation using robotics, AI and IoT is also important for mixing and kneading operations, and it is necessary to promote unmanned and automated operation of the entire powder system, including mixing and kneading operations.
Highly controlled molding: Near-net shaping that minimizes shape change during molding is required, and precision and sophistication of precisely controlled molding operations are necessary. Especially these days, it is necessary to deal with new powder molding methods such as metal 3D printer technology, in which lasers and electron beams are controlled and irradiated by CAM software on metal powders laid in layers, and the powders are piled up while being partially melted and molded.
Standardization of evaluation methods for mixing, kneading, and molding conditions
The future challenge is to predict the characteristics and quality of molded products based on the characteristics of the raw material powders, mixtures, and kneads. It is necessary to develop an appropriate evaluation method for mixing and kneading conditions, which are important for the development of efficient equipment and the setting of operating conditions, and standardization of evaluation methods for kneading conditions and kneading machine characteristics, including those discussed in this technical group.
|Coordinator||Nagoya Institute of Technology, Advanced Ceramics Research Center||FUJI/Masayoshi|
|Vice Coordinator||Hosei University||MORI/Takamasa|
|Representative Organizer||TOKUJU CORPORATION||ASAHI/Shozou|
|Vice Representative Organizer||KURIMOTO, LTD.||FIJII/Atsushi|
|HOSOKAWA MICRON CORPORATION||IWATA/Toshiaki|
|SHIONOGI PHARMA CO., LTD.||MUGURUMA/Yoshitsugu|
|SUGAWARA SEIKI CO., LTD.||SUGAWARA/Kazuhiro|
|PACIFIC MACHINERY & ENGINEERING CO., LTD.||SAITO/Hiroshi|
|TSUMURA & CO.||ISHIMARU/Masayuki|
|Emeritus Coordinator||University of Hyogo||SUZUKI/Michitaka|