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MITSUBOSHI's Technological CapabilitiesThe Story behind the Development of the "Low Friction Loss Belt"
The "Low Friction Loss Belt," the World's First Accessory Belt to Achieve Low Fuel Consumption and Noise Generation Resistance
In the Japanese automotive industry, competition to reduce fuel consumption is becoming increasingly fierce. To meet these demands, Mitsuboshi Belting has taken the global lead by succeeding in the development of a Low Friction Loss Belt for accessory systems. By reducing the amount of heat generated in the belt rib section, we have succeeded in stemming the loss of flexure due to twisting and deformation. By reducing the fuel consumption associated with accessory belts, which are one of the some 30,0000 parts that make up an automobile, this breakthrough product also helps lower noise generation and friction resistance, leading to its uptake by a growing number of automakers.
Low Friction Loss Belt
But can a simple accessory belt actually contribute to reduced fuel consumption? How did we succeed in developing a Low Friction Loss Belt-something that both our customers in the automobile industry and our own engineers thought to be impossible? Mitsuboshi Belting's development team-a group of specialists from our materials development, design, assessment and sales technology departments-tells the story of this development over the course of approximately three years.
- Masayoshi NakajimaLeader, Technology DepartmentMr. Nakajima has an extensive technology background, with experience spanning 42 years and areas ranging from materials technology to product development. He set the stance for the product's development and provided advice.
- Masashi TamuraSales TechnologyIn his role as leader of development, Mr. Tamura summarized the overall development direction, participated in customer technology negotiations and stood by during testing.
- Yorifumi HinenoMaterials TechnologyA veteran engineer in the area of rubber compounding, Mr. Hineno assessed compound designs and made the call on whether compounds would appropriate for use in belting materials.
- Hisato IshiguroMaterials TechnologyAt the start of development, Mr. Ishiguro was new to the Company, in his second year of employment. His role was to analyze massive quantities of data, verify theories concerning low fuel consumption and develop rubber materials.
- Hiroki ImaiProduct DesignAlso new to the company like Mr. Ishiguro, Mr. Imai's function was to produce belts for evaluation, perform destructive testing and evaluate their physical properties in other ways. He was also involved with setting up the factory mass production line.
- Takayuki ShigeEvaluation and TestingIn charge of evaluation and testing, Mr. Shige established methods for measuring belt friction loss. He also took part in sound tests on actual vehicles.
Note: Departmental affiliates and histories with the Company are as of the time of development.