Base institution of “human resource development, manufacturing” in the mold industry through the world’s top levels of engineering education, research & development.
Developments of advanced mold & die technologies
Technology transfer, engineer education for advanced production with industrial collaboration
Contribution to realization of Science and Technology oriented country
The lecture for advanced Die and Mold design engineer (cooperation with Fukuoka-ken)
It is said that the manufacturing industry is one of the industries with a high economic ripple effect within all industries. And the bottom raising of the technical capabilities of the small and medium-sized enterprises in regard of manufacturing is recognized to be politically important. Since especially the die has played the important role to the productivity and quality of manufacturing, it becomes important to strengthen the technical capabilities of Die and Mold design & manufacturing. The Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center is conducting the lecture and the exercise from the time of the foundation about newest Die and Mold design, analysis, and processing technology for the leading engineer of small and medium-sized enterprises. These works are undertaken cooperating with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, the Fukuoka-ken department-of-commerce-and-industry small-to-medium-sized-enterprises technology development division, etc.
Education of Mold & Die Design
If a Mold or a Die is used by parts manufacturing, the overwhelming productivity and cost reduction which cannot be realized in other production methods are achievable. However, this is a production method based on transfer of Mold surface shape. It is necessary to design and manufacture a still more highly precise Mold rather than the precision of parts. A Mold is an important component engineering supporting the basis of manufacturing connected directly to the quality of a product, cost, and an appointed date of delivery. It is important for the manufacturing establishment of a state to maintain and evolve domestic Mold design capability for years to come. In order to bring up a student’s practical design capability, Mold design education is conducted through cooperation with companies or Japan Die & Mold Industry Association.
Collaboration Research of Advanced Technology
Mechanism resolving of the building phenomenon of metal Additive Manufacturing (Joint research with Japan Atomic Energy Agency)
In the future smart factory which utilized IoT and A.I. Artificial Intelligence, practical use of individual production needs to carry out at a factory by the speed and cost of mass production. As high technology which can use it efficiently, Additive Manufacturing (metal AM, 3D printer), a machining center, etc. are listed. However, before real implementation, in order for virtual space to consider the optimal implementation method, an understanding of the key phenomenon about leading-edge technology is indispensable. Through joint research with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) Applied Laser Technology Institute, the Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center is tackling modeling of the laser sintering phenomenon of metal AM so that the same result as an actual phenomenon can predict in a simulation.
Manufacturing facility failure prediction which applied A.I. Artificial Intelligence and machine learning (joint research with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
In order to realize effective machine learning, grasp of a real phenomenon and effective data collection are indispensable. For the purpose of the predictive maintenance of an end mill tool, machine learning of the data of wear is carried out, and automatic detection of abnormalities, such as prediction of the wear condition of a tool and breakage of a cutting edge, is studied. Joint research is conducted with the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Tosu) sensor system-technology research group. By AE sensor which the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology developed, abnormality detecting of a factory and accumulation of the basic data for prediction are advanced.
High-performance parts development by metal Additive Manufacturing (joint research with an Okinawa Mold Technology Institute)
Since molten metal, such as an aluminum alloy, is made to inject and cool in a die, the die casting can fabricate the parts of complicated and high precision. Moreover, it is fabrication of the feature that a high throughput is obtained. However, since the temperature change from metallic melt temperature to room temperature continues being given to the die surface, it is also the fabrication which gives large temperature stress to a die. If breakage of the core pin during casting occurs, casting is suspended, and a die will be disassembled, and it must stop having to exchange core pins, and will bring about the fall of productivity. In order to aim at improvement in a core pin life of a die-casting die, joint research with an Okinawa Mold Technology Institute is conducted for development of the evaluation test method, and implementation of leading-edge technologies, such as metal AM.
The research directive towards manufacturing in the 21st century
The advanced mold&die technology center is oriented towards manufacturing research in the 21st century, which incorporates the latest information technology, AI and IoT technology, taking advantage of the location of the department of Computer Science and Systems Engineering at Iizuka campus.
Collaboration with local company
Our center is tied up to original new engineering developments and commercial production based on industrial, administrative and academic sectors cooperation, making the seeds of our center, and the dominance domain of small and medium-sized enterprises match.
Development of the design titanium spoon which pursues functionality
Cooperation with the “titanium F-studio” which consists of five small and medium-sized enterprises in Fukuoka-ken, and an Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center realized commercial production of the spoon made of titanium. Titanium is half lightness from steel and stainless steel which are usually used for the material of a spoon. Moreover, it is known as a material which cannot cause allergy easily so that it may be used as a medical-application material. While titanium has many features, such as corrosion-resistant height, it has the challenge that manufacturing is difficult.
The Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center has the technology of minute-izing of the metallic crystal which makes forging of a thick titanium material easy. Furthermore, in the center, it was developed based on 3D Design and 3D printer technology. KANSEI evaluation was conducted in order to aim at improvement in grip feeling, and improvement in the feeling to eat. Technical cooperation in design titanium spoon development was performed.
Hiroyuki Narahara, Director, Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center
In the northern part Kyushu zone in which Kyushu Institute of Technology is located, the volume of car production was extended from the beginning of the 21st century. In order to increase the further volume of car production, the improvement in local supply was needed.
In order to increase local supply, the adult education to the leading engineer of small and medium-sized enterprises is recognized to be effective on a long-term view. Within automobile-related technology, it was considered to be pressing need to raise an advanced Die and Mold design engineer with a high industrial propagation effect.
Within such the circumstances, the Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center of Kyushu Institute of Technology was established in 2004. The Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center is set up as missions from the time of center foundation, as follows:
Base institution of “human resource development, manufacturing” .
Developments of advanced mold & die technologies
From the “academic” standpoint of industrial, administrative and academic sectors, our center will offer support in “the formation of a partner.”
The technology for producing a car has evolved every day. It is not an exception about the Mold manufacturing technology for autoparts manufacturing, either. Since Molds differ each time and are manufactured in spite of using a Mold by mass production, the manufacturability analysis (CAE simulation) by a computer is indispensable technology. The autoparts manufacturing design is implemented with the course of the graduate school. As the Advanced automotive manufacturing design information processing I and II. Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center acts as a contact office, and is implementing the newest technology practice teaching by company lecturers focusing on the analysis software in regard of Mold manufacturing.
Factory shop training
Students are made to understand through training what kind of processing method and machine tool are used for the parts currently used for familiar goods, and a Mold. An understanding of the machinery manufacturing process is deepened in the student education through manufacturing and the assembly of the machine part. The Advanced Mold and Die Technology Center provides manufacturing training with the machine tools used for Mold fabrication.