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Team MembersIf we don't tackle new developments, who will?!
Maintaining Our Pride as a Belt Maker Developing World-First Belts

Masayoshi Nakajima
Member of the Board, Executive Officer
In charge of Technology Supervision, Industrial Materials Business Department

Our success in developing a Low Friction Loss Belt that achieved both low fuel consumption and noise generation resistance helped to boost our share of the shrinking domestic market. This development was also meaningful in the way it has helped to communicate our new technologies to the world. I always explain to our engineers that development requires work involving the head (the ability to use your head and see the big picture), heart (the tenacity to push forward) and team (the ability of all members of a team to align their efforts). I believe that these capabilities are the source of our development success and are the key to Mitsuboshi Belting's successful manufacturing efforts.

As the trend toward using smaller engines continues, the impact of belt noise is likely to increase, so better noise generation resistance is a way to add value. Having young engineers take on developmental roles early on, as we did in this project, is a way of transferring our technologies and stance on manufacturing to the next generation. I believe this approach will also lead to further technology advances in Low Friction Loss Belts.

Masahito Nakajima / Member of the Board, Executive Officer In charge of Technology Supervision, Industrial Materials Business Department

Masashi Tamura
Sales Technology Section, Product Technology Group 1,
Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

I felt a real sense of achievement in our development of a world-first belt, which gave us a new foothold in the field of accessory belts. Guided by the fundamental policy of providing highly functional products offering high levels of precision and quality, we were able to quickly come up with proposals to address the problems we faced thanks to presence of experts in design, rubber compounding, test assessment, analysis and sales technology. Having these experts in place, as well as a system for developing testing and production equipment when necessary, are strengths for Mitsuboshi Belting. This project called together specialists from a variety of fields, and we were able to bring the development to a successful conclusion thanks to the cooperation and advice of many people. I started the development with information that I possessed on my own, but gained a great deal of experience and was able to grow by being involved throughout the processes of planning, development, gaining customer approval and production.

Masashi Tamura / Sales Technology Section, Product Technology Group 1, Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

Yorifumi Hineno
Functional Development Team 2, Materials Technology Department,
Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

We have a corporate culture whereby people gather to address problems, going beyond such boundaries as company background and departmental affiliation, resulting in swift execution and decision-making. I believe these characteristics are a source of strength for Mitsuboshi Belting and engender its development success. Personally, I believe it is important to remain aware of the overall development process, accurately determine turning points and prepare backup plans. Moving forward with development and receiving positive feedback from customers enhances the sense of team solidarity and allows the team to share in its sense of achievement. These are the privileges of being an engineer.

Yorifumi Hineno / Functional Development Team 2, Materials Technology Department, Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

Hisato Ishiguro
Functional Development Team 2, Materials Technology Department,
Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

I was told to move ahead on my own without regard to any preconceived notions, but when I started with the development I didn't have any preconceived notions to disregard. I was apprehensive at first, but recognized there would be more self-reproach in failing by not doing anything than in trying and failing, so went full steam ahead. The more I learned about rubber, the more I realized how little I know about the material. Coming up with theories without having any previous knowledge, I learned the importance of being able to develop theories on my own. By analyzing vast quantities of data, I learned about the correlations between rubber materials and belt properties, which was an important experience for me as an engineer. Going forward, I hope to go beyond rubber to learn more about all the materials used in belts so that I can take part in developing products that nobody else can emulate.

Hisato Ishiguro / Functional Development Team 2, Materials Technology Department, Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

Hiroki Imai
Advanced Development Team, Product Technology Department 2,
Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

I had little experience in product development, and sometimes I felt I couldn't tell left from right, but by working with highly experienced superiors I began to find my place on the team. Working every day on the factory production lines, it was my job to coordinate with the line and personnel to produce the belts for testing. I learned the importance of being able to communicate convincingly, not just within my team but also with production, sales and other departments. As a result, I think this project was a major boon to my growth as a person, as well as an engineer. Currently, I am working in product design with a new development department. I want to gain more knowledge about materials and learn about proposal-based manufacturing, the ability to create products having certain characteristics.

Hiroki Imai / Advanced Development Team, Product Technology Department 2, Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

Takayuki Shige
Design Team 1, Product Technology Department 2,
Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department

When I was selected to join the development team, I had almost no experience in testing and assessment, but I felt a great sense of responsibility when I was told that testing for friction loss was being left up to me. I put my heart into coming up with accurate test results. At the point when we were getting close to meeting the customer's targets for standard losses, I realized anew that test results were not something to be taken lightly. I knew that if I was wrong, I would be seriously inconveniencing everybody. During our regular meetings, we determined the issues and considered specifically how each person would address the issues. Our roles were clear, and I went about my work with a heightened sense of awareness. I am currently working in product design, where I am in charge of responding to customer inquiries about Low Friction Loss Belts. I am pleased to be able to offer solutions with confidence.

Takayuki Shige / System Design Team 1, Product Technology Department, Industrial Materials Technology Supervisory Department
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