Tokyo Boeki, a reliable partner to develop high technologies It is known that reliability can be proved only over time, both in technology and in business. As far as the cooperation with Russian scientific, educational and industrial organisations in the delivery of advanced research and production equipment is concerned, few foreign companies can compete with Tokyo Boeki, which has been working for more than 55 years in the markets of the Soviet Union and Russia. The Japanese company was founded in 1947 in Tokyo and gradually grew into a major corporation that combines 22 subsidiaries with a total staff of over 900 people. Tokyo Boeki offers innovative solutions for education and science, engineering, production of raw materials, energy, metallurgy and other industries. In 2014, net sales exceeded 46 billion yen. The Corporation has been active in the international market with its representative offices in Russia, Australia, USA, China and Thailand. The CEO of Tokyo Boeki (RUS) Keiji Takigawa has told about projects in the Russian market.
Market should turn to innovations Creating the innovative production is a high-risk business. When talking about a completely new product, it is impossible to reliably predict in advance whether it is going to become serial. An entrepreneurial spirit and a certain degree of excitement will be required to engage in this business. Not all businesses can adopt new technologies and especially cultivate the idea of a successful business, so a network of nanocentres for the generation and development of industrial innovation in Russia. Anatoly Kovalev, CEO of the Zelenograd Nanotechnology Centre (ZNTC) told us about the ways of supporting and developing high-tech projects.
Multichannel analytical x-ray system on the basis of bright microfocus source A structural scheme of a multi-channel X-ray analytical system with a bright microfocus source designed to implement the basic methods of X-ray diagnosis based on a single automated system is proposed. The general requirements to the parameters of the source for integrated measurements using multi-channel X-ray analytical system were developed. The methods of formation of various types of radiation beams based on the focusing and dispersive X-ray optics and the organization of workstations were considered.
ISO is easy! In 2002, the ISO 14577 standard, which regulated the measurement of hardness and other mechanical characteristics by the instrumental indentation method, was adopted by the International Organisation for Standardisation. We should consider the history and prospects of development of this standard as well as the implementation of its techniques.
Military applications of nanotechnology: electronics, photonics, computer systems Under the heading “Military nanotechnology” we begin to publish excerpts from the book by Jurgen Altmann, “Military nanotechnology: Potential applications and preventive arms control”*. Although this monograph was written about 10 years ago, it has not lost relevance and is of interest for specialists in nanotechnology, and for a wide range of readers interested in the development of nanotechnology.
Scanning probe microscopes, machining centers and biosensors In 1993, Advanced Technologies Center has created a FemtoScan scanning probe microscope in which analog electronics were replaced by digital, and a signal processor was used for control of all scanning processes, tracking and processing. Acquired over the years extensive experience has allowed to develop FemtoScan X, the versatile high-speed scanning probe microscope of new generation, but also to expand the range of products, including the production of CNC machining centers and biosensors for single pathogens, viruses and bacteria.
EuroNanoForum 2015: development of nanotechnology in Europe D.Georgiev From 10 to 12 June Riga (Latvia) hosted the the EuroNanoForum 2015 conference and exhibition, which is organised by the University of Latvia and Spinverse in cooperation with the EC Directorate-General for Research and Innovation. The conference was devoted to a wide range of problems from various aspects of industrial implementation of nanotechnology to investment in advanced developments.
Mechanical processing with nanometer precision One of the global leaders in manufacturing of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices for aerospace, defense industry, construction, heavy engineering, petrochemical industry, medicine, electronic industry and other applications is AMETEK, Inc. At more than 120 manufacturing locations of the corporation around the world employs more than 15 thousand people. In 2014 the sales of AMETEK amounted to $4 billion. One of the businesses of the corporation is manufacturing of CNC equipment for ultra-precise machining, which deals AMETEK Precitech with headquarters in Keene (USA). Precitech machines for turning, milling and grinding allow to obtain products of different shapes with submicron form accuracy and nanometer surface roughness (polish free surfaces). About the features and applications of the Precitech equipment said the Sales & Service Manager Europe Dieter Marschall.
Organization of breakthrough research: the experience of CEA CEA is the French development institution and one of the largest European research organizations, which traces its history from the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (Commissariat а l'йnergie atomique et aux йnergies alternatives), established in October 1945 by General de Gaulle. Currently CEA includes five divisions: Defense, Nuclear, Technological Research (CEA-TECH), Physical Sciences, Life Sciences. In addition, six cross-division programs are implemented: Nanoscience, Toxicology, Advanced Materials, Health Technologies, New Technologies for Energy, Global Security. In 2014, the CEA budget amounted to 4.4 billion euros and the number of employees exceeded 16 thousand people. The organization consists of 10 major research centers and actively cooperates with educational institutions within the framework of more than 50 agreements. About the projects in the field of nanotechnology said the Director of the Nanoscience program Engin Molva.
Calibration of the displacement with nano- and picometer precision One of the problems faced by producers and users of scanning probe and electron microscopes, and other devices for measuring the geometry of objects at the nanoscale is the difficulty in calibration due to the lack of nanoscale standardized measures and gauges. The Russian company Nano-Atto Metria offered an original solution based on the use of piezoelectric crystals (see also the article “Standards for nano- and picometer ranges on the basis of displacement gauges”, Nanoindustry, No.5(59), 2015). The project manager Petr Luskinovich told about this development.
Role of defense industry in development of nanotechnology "There was time when war did not need science. And now it supports it because it needs it. What do you think has promoted the advancement of aviation, rocketry and modern physics in general? War. ... modern warfare accelerates the development of science”. This quote from the film “Nine Days in One Year” directed by Mikhail Romm characterizes the role of defense industry in the development of modern science, including nanotechnology. Our experts developed the theme.
Innovative nanotechnologies for modern technical superconductors VNIINM develops a unique technology for production of advanced composite superconductors, high characteristics of which are provided by using of nanostructured elements. Such materials are intended for the creation of equipment for thermonuclear fusion and high energy physics, medical magnetic resonance imaging, prospective electrical and energy equipment, vehicles using the phenomenon of magnetic levitation, etc.
Equipment for thin film growth using atomic layer deposition Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was patented in 1974 in Finland by Dr. Tuomo Suntola. Currently many companies are manufacturing equipment that implements the principles of ALD, but technological leadership belongs to the Picosun company, in which T.Suntola is the mastermind and member of the board of directors.