Changes in business environment and globalization are advancing swiftly. In order for R&D to rapidly and flexibly respond to such change as it occurs, NSK has expanded regional technology centers, forming three centers in Europe, two in the Americas, and three in Asia, with the technology headquarters located in Japan.
Furthermore, NSK has established a "Platform of Technology" that forms the basis of product design for our bearings, automotive products and precision machinery and parts, through the continuous reinforcement of our "Four Core Technologies". This enables us to respond quickly to customer needs. By integrating these advanced technologies, we are strengthening our capabilities to develop next-generation products.
Lubrication is vitally important to motion control products, which must support parts that are subjected to rotational and linear motion. Tribology, the ¬science of lubrication, has remained a constant priority. Advances in this area, including improved grease formulations and surface processing methods, have allowed NSK to develop faster, quieter and more durable products capable of sustaining heaviest loads.
One main priority for NSK is the development of improved analysis technology. This technology helps NSK to create the product designs and production systems used to manufacture its extremely reliable products. To accelerate product development, computer simulations are extensively used to assess products operating under extreme conditions that are difficult to duplicate in tests using actual equipment loads
NSK is actively working to develop the enhanced material technology needed to improve the functionality and durability of bearings used in extreme environments. Research in this area focuses on four aspects: material design, heat treatment, performance evaluation, and analytical evaluation. Innovative core technologies resulting from this work are used in the development of new products with improved durability and functionality. This field of research also produces improved ways to evaluate and analyze the materials used in products.
NSK has used technology from its product development and manufacturing activities to create innovative mechatronics technology based on the fusion of mechanics and electronics. Key advances in this field include technology for high-performance motors, control technology, highly precise sensing technology, mounting technology for applications requiring high temperatures, high densities and high reliability, and technology for Bio-MEMS (biomedical microelectromechanical systems).
Our customers' unique applications place an unending stream of demands on our products, including the necessity to operate under high loads, at high-speeds, in a vacuum, and under high temperatures. Thus, our products represent the crystallization of years of technological expertise. As a comprehensive Motion & Control supplier, NSK is one of the very few suppliers to offer such a complete product palette. The advanced technological capabilities that we have built up over many years provide us with major strengths to meet our customer's various needs.
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