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           Issued by the Asian TOP Panel, March 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) A New Software for Remote Manufacturing System
      (Source : JSME).
(2) A CAE Tool for Design Engineers (Source : JSME).
(3) Matsushita Introduces HC(hydrocarbon)@Refrigerator
     (Source : JSME).
(4) The 1st Meeting of the Standing Council of CMES Governing Council
     was held on Feb. 3rd 2002 in Beijing (Source : CMES).
(5) Development of a machine that delivers submicron accuracy in
     ordinary factory environments (Source : JSME).
(6) Mechanical Engineering Congress, Japan 2002 (MECJ-02)
     (Source : JSME).
(7) Accreditation of Engineering Education in Japan(Source : JSME).


(1)  A New Software for Remote Manufacturing System

Silver Stone Engineering Co. and a group of Prof. Mamoru Mitsuishi and
Dr. Shin'ichi Warisawa at The University of Tokyo developed a new
software for a remote manufacturing system.  The software provides a
remote manufacturing system, in which operators' PCs and the controllers for machine tools can be connected each other through ISDN, ADSL, LAN, etc. The concept of the software developed is to work on any different OS, machine tool and CNC. To realize it, the software adopts the Principle Application Program Interface (PAPI) finalized by Japan FA Open Systems Promotion Group (JOP), and works on Common Object Broker Architecture (CORBA). The flexibility and the consequent low price of the software will enable small and medium-sized companies to introduce more easily a remote manufacturing system such as remote operation, remote monitoring, remote maintenance and so on.


(2)  A CAE Tool for Design Engineers

Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) has played an important role in
innovations to quickly develop a high performance product in mechanical
industries. CAE numerically estimates the performance of automobiles and proposes alternative ideas that lead to higher performance without
building physical prototypes. However, current CAE cannot usually be
used at the initial design phase due to their sophisticated, difficult,
and complex functions and characteristics. gDesignSpaceh at ANSYS Inc. has been developed in order to provide design engineers with useful
design CAE tools. The gDesignSpaceh look and operation is similar to a
3D-CAD, and can be embedded in it. The simulation wizards are equipped
to guide design engineers to do all analyses. The automatic mesh
generation can be performed by clicking one button. The function of
applying loads and supports is intelligent, and matches the design
engineersf intuitions. The sophisticated graphical options enable to
understand numerical results, and provide useful suggestions for design
drafts. Thus, gDesignSpaceh will rapidly increase CAE users in
mechanical industries.
(Shinji Nishiwaki, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.)


(3) Matsushita (Panasonic) Introduces HC(hydrocarbon)@Refrigerator NR-C32EP to Japanfs Market, Part of Company's Continuous Efforts to Develop@Environmentally-Friendly Products

Osaka, Japan-Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE: MC), best@known worldwide for its Panasonic and National brand products, today@announced the launch of NR-C32EP using hydrocarbon refrigerant eliminating use of CFC (chlorofluorocarbon), HFC(hydrofluorocarbon) and HCFC (hydrochlorofluorocarbon). The new model, NR-C32EP will be introduced to the Japanese market on February 1, 2002, at the@suggested retail price of \140,000. An initial monthly production of 2,000 units is planned.
 Matsushita group companies have been putting priority on preservation of@the global environment, stepping up initiatives to manufacture@earth-friendly products. As global warming also continues to be a@critical issue worldwide, more and more people are demanding products@that place less burden on both the environment and earth's resources. To meet these needs, Matsushita Refrigeration Company, a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., has devised a new hydrocarbon refrigerant (R600a) cooling system, which led to the development of the hydrocarbon refrigerator. Furthermore, the company also significantly reduced the amount of materials potentially harmful to the environment utilized in this model, such as lead (reduced by 85%) and vinyl chloride (cut by 95%).
 To help minimize global warming, Matsushita has been using cyclopentane for insulation since 1995. However, after COP 3* issued warnings about HFC, or R134a, demand for refrigerators that have less impact on global warming has grown.


(a)  The 1st Meeting of the Standing Council of CMES Governing Council
was held on Feb. 3rd 2002 in Beijing.
The main task of this meeting was to make the guideline of the reform
CMESf organizational structure, operation system and technical
activities. This is set forth to meet the challenge due to Chinafs entry
into WTO.
The meeting also approved the decision of setting up seven working
committees, which are the advisory organizations to CMES Governing
Council, including:
-Academic Committee
       Organizational Committee
       Editorial and Publishing Committee
       Education and Training Committee
       Consulting Committee
       Youth Committee
       Science & Technology Development and Awarding Committee

(b)  Several technical institutions (divisions) of CMES has been
re-named so as to meet the needs of modern science and technology
development.  According to the decisions of CMES Governing Council, the following institutions/committee have changed their names :

Materials handling Institution    Logistical Engineer Institution
Electromachining Institution    Special Machining Institution
Forging and Stamping Institution    Plasticity Engineering Institution
Plant Maintenance Institution    Plant and Maintenance Engineering Institution
Talent Development Institution    Human Resources Institution

(c)  CMES Governing Council recently approved the proposal to set up the Group Technology Institution.

(d)  The Fourth International Conference on Material Handling &
Logistics Systems will be held on November 20-22,2002 in Wuhan, China.
The conference is sponsored by Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society,
and the theme of the Conference is gThe Information Technology and
Modern Logisticsh.  Should anyone be interested in further details about
the conference, please contact CMES headquarters or visit CMES website: http//www.cmes.org

(e)  The 2002 Annual Conference of CMES is scheduled to be held on
November 1-5, 2002 in Beijing.  The main theme is gManufacturing
Industry and Future Chinah.

(f)  CMES is going to organize the following important exhibitions:
-The Seventh International Material Handling Expo - 11-14 June, 2002,
-The Tenth International Industry Fair - 10-12, October, 2002, Shanghai
-The Seventh China International Industrial Automation Expo, 10-12
October, 2002, Shanghai
-Industrial Packaging China 2002 - 9-12, October, 2002, Shanghai
-China International Industrial Subcontracting Fair 2002 - 10-12 October 2002, Shanghai
-The 7th International Welding and Cutting Fair - 5-8 November, 2002,
-The 2nd China International Plastic Forming Technology and Equipment
Expo - 5-8 November, 2002, Beijing


(5)  Development of a machine that delivers submicron accuracy in
ordinary factory environments

The newly developed HYPER 2 drives ultra-small diameter tools at high
speed to provide submicron accuracy automatically. The tools used range from several millimeters to 0.05 mm in diameter and are smaller than ordinary tools.
In an ordinary air-conditioned factory environment, operators in many
cases make accuracy compensation adjustments to match the starting time of machining or the season based on their own experience. They factor the thermal characteristics of a machine into the operating procedure.
When submicron accuracy is demanded, however, accuracy must be
maintained by isolating the effects of external heat. Accordingly,
machining chambers where ultra-high-accuracy machining is performed
require expensive air-conditioning equipment to keep the temperature at
a constant level of  20}0.5C or 23}5C, equivalent to that of a precision measurement room.
To facilitate such high-accuracy machining in an ordinary factory
environment, the HYPER 2 itself is built as a constant temperature
chamber. The machine also actively controls the ambient temperature to
maintain a stable machining chamber environment against surrounding
temperature disturbances.
As a specific example, a "thermal chamber" has been newly developed that automatically controls the temperature of the entire machine to
23}0.5C in a factory environment where the temperature ranges from 20-26C.
This chamber is built around a splashguard with a unique multilayer
construction that combines an internal high-performance insulation layer
and an air layer. The air flow is optimally controlled to keep the
temperature distribution of the entire machine uniform at all times.
Even though the ambient temperature was varied over a range of 6C, the machine temperature remained virtually constant, changing only }0.15C.
The position of the tool tip at the top spindle speed of 40,000 rpm-1
was also stable to within 0.5 mm.
(Hideki MOCHIDA, Makino Milling Machine Co., Ltd.)


(6)  Mechanical Engineering Congress, Japan 2002 (MECJ-02)

  The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineering will hold the Mechanical
Engineering CongressCJapan 2002 at University of Tokyo from September 25 to 28, 2002. Some 1300 research papers and more than 300 invited lectures will be presented. The deadline for papers is March 22C2002D
As a feature program of the congress, the following three international
symposiums are organized. For details, write to <nakajima@jsme.or.jp>

 1. International Symposium on Distributed Systems in the 21st Century,
September 24|25, 2002
 2. International Symposium on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics of
 3. International Symposium on Cell Biomechanics Tissue Engineering,
September 27|28, 2002


(7)  Accreditation of Engineering Education in Japan

 To evaluate and accredit engineering education programs of universities
and technical Colleges, the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering
Education (JABEE) was founded in 1999. After 2-year preparation and
trials of accreditation, the JABEE formerly started its activities this
year with close cooperation of JSME and other relevant engineering
societies. (The programs applied to trial in 2001 exceeded 50.) It also
joined the global link of mutual equivalence in engineering education
through provisional membership of Washington AccordD
(Reference: "Re-Engineering of Engineering Profession in Japan" by Prof. Hideo OhashiCJSME News Vol. 12, No. 1)


Editor: Yutaka Ohta, International Affairs Committee
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