Inactive

Global Linear Motion System Company seeks Startups in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Deadline: July 22, 2021

THK, a global leader in manufacturing, is seeking startups to solve several manufacturing challenges to improve quality, cost and throughput of our products.

Use cases include the following:

  • To optimize heat treatment process that produces desired hardness and rigidity In our products.
  • To realize machining and grinding processes that enable tight dimensional control to sub-micron level.
  • To realize assembly process that Is capable of handling small (microns) to large components (meters) with high level of repeatability and reliability to complete the final product with the highest quality standard in the most efficient manner.

Relevant technologies include, but are not limited to:

  • Heat treatment
  • Dimensional control
  • Process and assembly automation
  • Dimensional and performance inspection
  • Advanced manufacturing including 3D printing, robotics, and high precision technologies
  • Quality control
  • OEE and OLE improvement

Potential next steps would be pilots at one of the manufacturing facilities in Japan as early as Q42021.

THK is a global leader in manufacturing of linear motion systems and linkage and suspension components for automotive.  The company Is headquartered In Tokyo, Japan with an annual revenue of USD2.1B (as of FY2020) with a consolidated employee base of 12,000, 37 manufacturing facilities, 3 R&D centers and over 100 sales offices worldwide.

Sponsoring groups at THK include:

  • Engineering Department - Responsible for R&D of linear motion systems and related products.  Belongs to Industrial Machinery Division, one of the two business units for THK Group.
  • Production Department - Responsible for manufacturing of linear motion systems and related products.  Belongs to Industrial Machinery Division, one of the two business units for THK Group.
  • Quality Assurance Department - Responsible for quality assurance of linear motion systems and related products and automotive products.  Belongs to both Industrial Machinery Division and Automotive and Transportation Division, THK's two main business units.
  • IOT Innovation Department - Responsible for R&D, manufacturing and sales of IIoT device and services for linear motion systems and related products.  Belongs to Industrial Machinery Division, one of the two business units for THK Group.
  • Automotive and Transportation Division - Responsible for R&D, manufacturing and sales of automotive products.  It is one of the two business units for THK Group.

THK's experience with working with startups:

  • Several meetings with startups through STEX program as well as through our private researches
  • Startup investment: Challenergy Inc. (JPY30M in 2018 & undisclosed amount in 2019), Infinite Uptime (undisclosed amount in 2020, Series B funding)
Deadline: July 22, 2021
Posted on: June 22, 2021
Location: E-meeting (WebEx, Skype, Zoom, etc.)

THK, a global leader in manufacturing, is seeking startups to solve several manufacturing challenges to improve quality, cost and throughput of our products.

Use cases include the following:

  • To optimize heat treatment process that produces desired hardness and rigidity In our products.
  • To realize machining and grinding processes that enable tight dimensional control to sub-micron level.
  • To realize assembly process that Is capable of handling small (microns) to large components (meters) with high level of repeatability and reliability to complete the final product with the highest quality standard in the most efficient manner.

Relevant technologies include, but are not limited to:

  • Heat treatment
  • Dimensional control
  • Process and assembly automation
  • Dimensional and performance inspection
  • Advanced manufacturing including 3D printing, robotics, and high precision technologies
  • Quality control
  • OEE and OLE improvement

Potential next steps would be pilots at one of the manufacturing facilities in Japan as early as Q42021.

THK is a global leader in manufacturing of linear motion systems and linkage and suspension components for automotive.  The company Is headquartered In Tokyo, Japan with an annual revenue of USD2.1B (as of FY2020) with a consolidated employee base of 12,000, 37 manufacturing facilities, 3 R&D centers and over 100 sales offices worldwide.

Sponsoring groups at THK include:

  • Engineering Department - Responsible for R&D of linear motion systems and related products.  Belongs to Industrial Machinery Division, one of the two business units for THK Group.
  • Production Department - Responsible for manufacturing of linear motion systems and related products.  Belongs to Industrial Machinery Division, one of the two business units for THK Group.
  • Quality Assurance Department - Responsible for quality assurance of linear motion systems and related products and automotive products.  Belongs to both Industrial Machinery Division and Automotive and Transportation Division, THK's two main business units.
  • IOT Innovation Department - Responsible for R&D, manufacturing and sales of IIoT device and services for linear motion systems and related products.  Belongs to Industrial Machinery Division, one of the two business units for THK Group.
  • Automotive and Transportation Division - Responsible for R&D, manufacturing and sales of automotive products.  It is one of the two business units for THK Group.

THK's experience with working with startups:

  • Several meetings with startups through STEX program as well as through our private researches
  • Startup investment: Challenergy Inc. (JPY30M in 2018 & undisclosed amount in 2019), Infinite Uptime (undisclosed amount in 2020, Series B funding)

Application Requirements

In your response, please

  • Concisely what you offer & your match with the company above and their interest
  • Any relevant cases / customer stories (can indicate industry/size if not ready to go public)
  • Application Requirements

    In your response, please

    • Concisely what you offer & your match with the company above and their interest
    • Any relevant cases / customer stories (can indicate industry/size if not ready to go public)

Disclaimer:  MIT Startup Exchange provides introductions that ideally provides open ended discussions in order to share mutual interests and potentially create common ground that incite the parties to collaborate. MIT Startup Exchange introductions may eventually lead to mutual partnerships, but that is not in any way guaranteed by MIT, MIT Corporate Relations, MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) or MIT Startup Exchange, which take no responsibility for the outcome of such discussions and takes no formal part in such discussions following our introduction. MIT Startup Exchange and its activities and events are not for purposes of soliciting investment or offering securities.