E-Mail Newsletter

           Issued by the Asian TOP Panel, January, 2002.

         The Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES)
         The Institution of Engineers, Indonesia (PII)
         The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME)
         The Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME)


About the Asian TOP Panel (ATOP)
  On August 29, 2001, presidents of four engineering societies gathered in Japan to pave the way for stepped-up collaboration.  They are Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society, Institution of Engineers Indonesia, Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers.
  They agreed to establish the Asian TOP Panel (ATOP), which is a voluntary body and open to any Asian engineering society and institution. At the first meeting, they decided to issue monthly E-mail newsletter which you are reading now. It will carry short technical news of Asian countries, and be distributed to all individual members of the ATOP societies and institutions.
  ATOP will meet every two years. The next meeting will be held in Korea in 2003.



 (1)  CMESf New Governing Council Elected (Source : CMES).
 (2)  CMES Formed a Consulting Program (Source : CMES).
 (3)  Asia-Pacific Vibration Conference (Source : CMES).
 (4)  2001 Annual Conference of CMES (Source : CMES).
 (5)  The China Machinery Industry Federation Association and the
       Chinese Mechanical and Engineering Society held jointly a
       commend meeting (Source : CMES).
 (6)  The KSME International Journal Expands (Source : KSME).
 (7)  KSME Publications on CD (Source : KSME).
 (8)  Publicizing Mechanical Engineering in Korea (Source : KSME).
 (9)  KAMES Established to Coordinate among ME Societies Nationwide
       (Source : KSME).
 (10) The Tangible Mouse Made up of 2DOF Flat Actuator
        (Source : JSME).
 (11) New Membrane Technology – Vibrating Membrane Filter -
        (Source : JSME).


(1)  CMESf New Governing Council Elected

  The CMES 8th National Congress of Member Representatives was held in Suzhou on November 24-25, 2001. The 188 member Governing Council was elected and started its 5 year terms.  The leading officers of CMES have been also elected or appointed as follows:

  LU Yongxiang  Professor & President of China Academy of Sciences

Vice Presidents:
  CHEN Yunbo  Academician of China Academy of Engineering, Senior Engineer of Beijing Research Institute of Mechanical & Electrical Technology
  LIAN Yuanjian:  Senior Engineer, China Machinery Industry Federation
  LIN Fusheng:  Senior Engineer & Chairman of Beijing Jingcheng Machinery Electric Holding., Ltd
  LU Fuyuan:  Senior Engineer & Vice Minister of the Ministry of Education
  PAN Yunhe:  Academician of China Academy of Sciences, President of Zhejiang University
  SONG Tianhu:  Senior Engineer
  WU Xiaohua:  Senior Engineer & Deputy Secretary-General of Supervisory, Panels of the Key & Large-Sized State-Owned Enterprises
  ZHANG Linjian:  Senior Engineer & Chairman of Shanghai Instrumentation & Electronics Holding (Group) Company
  ZHONG Qunpeng:  Academician of China Academy of Engineering, Professor of Beijing Aeronautic & Astronautic University
  ZHU Sendi:  Senior Engineer & Commissioner of the China Machinery Industry Federation

General Secretary:  SONG Tianhu

Deputy General Secretary: DING Peifan, ZHANG Qiang, WANG Ruigang, PAN Jiaofeng


(2)  CMES Formed a Consulting Program

  The Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society formed a consulting program to diagnose the problems for some enterprises by organizing some professional experts, management personnel, government officers etc. Some useful methods to those enterprises have been pointed out. The China Association for Science and Technology awarded this program an achievement prize for its outstanding progress.


(3)  Asia-Pacific Vibration Conference

  "ASLA-PACIFIC VIBRATION CONFERENCE" sponsored by CMES, Nation Nature Fund Committee, JSME, KSME and IEAust was held on Oct. 29-31 in Hangzhou, China. About 350 people from China, Japan, Korea and other countries were participated the conference. The over 220 papers were presented. This conference had promoted the exchange and cooperation in the field of vibration engineering between the scholars in the world.


(4)  2001 Annual Conference of CMES

  2001' Annual Conference of CMES Held in Suzhou -- 2001' Annual Conference of CMES held in Suzhou on November 22, 2001. Mr. Xu Hanwen, the President of Jiangsu Province Mechanical Engineering Society presided the Opening Ceremony, and Mr. He Guangyuan, the president of CMES delivered the opening speech.

  Over 500 CMES members coming from 31provinces including Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan participated in this event featuring "the Manufacture Industry and Relevant Information Technology in New Century". More than 400 papers were presented during the conference, covering themes related to technology of automation and information, basic technology of innovate design and specific machining technique, etc.

  The annual conference had also provided many concurrent events including the Logistical Engineering Forum, the Entrepreneurs Forum, RPM Lecture Presentation, Training Courses on Mechatronics and Industrial Design etc.


(5)  The China Machinery Industry Federation Association and the Chinese Mechanical and Engineering Society held jointly a commend meeting

  The China Machinery Industry Federation Association and the Chinese Mechanical and Engineering Society held jointly a commend meeting on November 24, 2001. 170 projects were awarded the "Science and Technology Prize of Chinese Machinery Industry", "the Youth Science and Technology Achievement Prize of CMES". 369 Advanced Staff of CMES were also praised at the meeting.

  All the projects awarded at the meeting were in high technical level, some of which have reached or approached the advanced world level. The projects have made good economical and social profits. These projects succeed in popularity as well.

  The Science and Technology Prize of Chinese Machinery Industry is set for the top achievements related to the fundamental theory, invention and the results of research, development, experiments in the fields of machinery industry. This prize is the only one in the machinery industry, which is approved by the State. The awarded projects could then apply for the State Prize.


(6)  The KSME International Journal Expands

  The KSME International Journal is published monthly by the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers. The purpose of the International Journal is to disseminate technical information on mechanical engineering and related disciplines that is of lasting interest to the general engineering community. The Journal publishes original research papers in English and requires no publishing fee for foreigners.
  The Journal started published twice a year from 1987, then quarterly from 1993, bimonthly from 1997, and monthly from 1999. Now the Journal publishes about 15 papers per every issue.
  The Journal has an Editorial-in-Chief (Jung Yul Yoo, Professor of Seoul National University and Vice President of KSME), an Editor (Dai Gil Lee, Professor of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) and 20 Associate Editors who are all eminent specialized scholars and engineers in the related research areas. The 20 Associate Editors are totally responsible for the acceptance of papers and to maintain the quality of papers. The number of papers submitted to the KSME International Journal increases drastically every year (1999: 188 papers, 2000: 251 papers, 2001: 345 papers).
  The KSME International Journal has been enrolled as an SCI-expanded by ISI and the impact factor increases every year (1997: 0.098, 1998: 0.172, 1999: 0.154, 2000: 0.253). The Journal encourages the publication of special issues from conferences related to mechanical engineering after screening processes to select papers suitable for the purpose and quality of the Journal.
  We editors would like to promise that the papers submitted to the Journal will be published very fast compared any other Journals if it is suitable for the purpose of the Journal.


(7)  KSME Publications on CD

  KSME publications are now available on CD.  The CD set covers all issues from the first up to 1998 of the Korean-language main magazine, gKikyejournal,h Transaction A and Transaction B, each published 12 issues per year.  Proceedings of the spring and fall annual meetings, from 1982 to 1998, are also included.  Separate CDfs for each year are being produced since 1999.  The English-language journal, gKSME International Journal,h which is published 12 issues per year, is not ready on CD at this moment.  For further information, refer to KSME website: http://www.ksme.or.kr, or fax to (+82) 2-501-3649.


(8)  Publicizing Mechanical Engineering in Korea

  In an effort to enhance understanding of ME in the public, especially among high school and first-year undergraduates, KSME has published a brochure entitled, gMechanical Engineering.h  In recent years, ME has been losing popularity and the number of prospective applicants has been decreasing drastically.  The 20 page brochure, written in Korean, explains ME in the following terms:  ME for the betterment of life; ME technology is the basis of core frontier industries; ME industry is the backbone of modern economic expansion; Reasons why ME and ME industries should be emphasized; The 21c ME technology is a creative power for the future world; ME technology realizes the global village; ME is the place for dreams and their realization; Prospective career developments and interviews.  The brochure can be purchased at a nominal price.  Approximately 20,000 copies have been printed and distributed nationwide.  For further information, refer to the KSME website: http://www.ksme.or.kr, or fax to (+82) 2-501-3649.


(9)  KAMES Established to Coordinate among ME Societies Nationwide

  The KSME took the leading role of establishing the Korean Association of Mechanical Engineering Societies (KAMES).  The bylaw was formally adopted and the executive council members were elected last spring.  The KAMES encompasses 17 member societies, including KSME. The president of the KSME, as the trunk mechanical engineering society in the country, took the initiative.  KSME becomes the secretary society.  The current president is Professor Byung Man KWAK, and his term will expire at the end of this year.
  The aim of the Association is gto promote and enhance professional programs of mechanical engineering societies in the country, and to coordinate the societal activities of common interests, and to contribute to the developments of mechanical technologies of industries and their dissemination.h  Through this institution, collateral exchanges among the experts from various fields of mechanical or related areas will be broadened and a unified and amplified voice will be aired.
  Among the issues and projects discussed are:  (1) to upgrade the quality of journal publications by increasing their citations, (2) to hold a global congress to advertise the importance of mechanical engineering/technology next year in conjunction with the International Automation and IT Equipment Exhibition, to be held in September 2002.  A feeling in Korea is that ME is losing its attractiveness among the students and the ME industry does not draw keen national attention.  In this congress, experts from different fields, such as economy, governments, social sciences and industrial sectors, are to be invited. Despite the fundamental and pivotal role of mechanical engineering in the national economy, the so-called 5 Tfs are inflated and over-evaluated, which risks a balanced technological growth in the future.
  The website is http://armina.kaist.ac.kr/~kames/.  It is mainly in Korean at this time.  If you are more interested in this organization, contact this website or contact the KSME office by fax at (+82) 2-501-3649.


(10)  The Tangible Mouse Made up of 2DOF Flat Actuator

  In recent digital communication, human centered user interface or machines are taken notice. And documents also become intellectual products including movie and sound, besides text and image. We are studying about digital document that contains tactile information. As the results of experiments, with considering small device that can ship into PC peripheral equipment, we have developed a new flat actuator, which is driven linearly and moves in 2D plane, and then mounted it on a computer mouse for evaluation. We have evaluated it as a tactile display which moves smoothly or vibrates to give the tactile sensation of solid objects shown on a computer monitor to an user's fingertip as if he were touching the objects with a mouse cursor.
This flat actuator can add various tactile sensations to the conventional GUI and help users work with computers easily as well as enrich the reality of 3D objects shown on the monitor describes.
(Sakamaki Katsumi, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. DPC Research & Development Center)


(11)  New Membrane Technology – Vibrating Membrane Filter

  Membrane separation technologies, which are utilized in many kinds of commercial applications, inherently have such problems that the permeation capacities decrease with the operational time due to the accumulation of components in feed liquid near the membrane and the fouling of the membrane surface and pore.  A new technology of the vibrating membrane filter has been developed in order to conquer such problems.  The vibration can reduce the accumulation and the deposition of solute components on the membrane surface, resulting in an increase of permeation capability.  The separation experiments of O/W emulsions by use of vibrating membrane filter showed that the vibration also have an influence on the effective cut-off size of particle.
  This new technology is interesting from the view point of dairy industries in which one can find a lot of difficult separations by conventional technologies. For example, small fat globules in milk, which contain many kinds of nutritionally valuable components, can not be separated by conventional membrane methods due to blocking of membrane pore.  However, experimental results showed the possibilities that the vibrating membrane technology can be applied to this separation.
(Ikuru Toyoda, Meiji Dairies Corporation)


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