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Program and Abstracts of
The First TRIZ Symposium in Japan
Held on Sept. 1-3, 2005, at Shuzenji, Izu

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Agenda and Abstracts of

The First TRIZ Symposium in Japan

Held by the Collaborative Board of TRIZ Promoters and Users in Japan
on Sept. 1 - 3, 2005, at Shuzenji, Izu, Japan

Sept. 4, 2005 TN

Sept. 1, 2005 (Thursday)

13:30 - (Registration)

14:00 - 14:20 (Opening) Welcome to the First TRIZ Symposium in Japan

Toshihiro Hayashi (Chairperson of the 'Collaborative Board') (Hitachi, Ltd.) [Chaired by Y. Mihara]

14:20 - 15:30 (Keynote 1) A New Generation of TRIZ

Toru Nakagawa (Osaka Gakuin University) [Chaired by T. Hayashi]

TRIZ has been introduced in the Western countries over these 10 years; while the understanding of TRIZ proceeds, it also becomes clear that we need a new generation of it. Since TRIZ traditionally wants to make its knowledge bases and methods bigger and more complex, there emerges a serious need of a new methodology much simpler and yet effective for creatively solving problems. After well digesting the thoughts in TRIZ, they should be reorganized into a new methodology, which should be easy to learn and effective to apply for creatively solving a wide variety of real problems. USIT is such a new generation of TRIZ, the present author believes. The overall structure of USIT, being represented with the Six-Box Scheme, offers a new universal framework of creative problem solving. We are free from the ambiguity of analogical thinking and have obtained a new methodology for solving problems creatively in a smooth and effective way. USIT has been applied in several industries in Japan.

15:50 - 16:30 (Oral 1) Application of Matrix2003 to Electrical System Development and Comprehensively Comparative Evaluation of Classical and Contemporary Contradiction Matrices

Setsuo Arita, Keita Okuyama, Junji Shigeta, and Mamoru Ohashi
(Hitachi, Ltd.) [Chaired by Masaki]

The updated TRIZ contradiction matrix (Matrix 2003) has been applied in the fields of electrical and industrial systems to realize not only effective but also reliable performance. One typical application is the inverter system for adjustable speed demand control. The Matrix 2003 has successfully found a solution to improve the performance of the motors, which are controlled by the inverter systems, by eliminating the partial discharge between enameled motor-wires, which is caused by excessive surges generated by the inverters. Other applications on industrial, traffic, information, device, software and business systems have shown that the Matrix 2003 leads to the effective inventive principles through improving and worsening parameters, much easier compared to the classical contradiction matrix. The Matrix 2003 is a powerful tool of the contemporary technical problem solution in the fields of electrical and industrial systems.

16:30 - 17:10 (Oral 2) TRIZ Application in Development of Climbing Robots

Valery Krasnoslobodtsev, Richard Langevin
(Technical Innovation Center, Inc., USA) [Chaired by Masaki]

Paper is devoted to consideration of the practical application of the Algorithm of Inventive Problem Solving (ARIZ) during the development process of the robot adaptive vacuum feet. Also TRIZ technology evolution trends have been used for development of the new structures of the autonomous climbing robot. These robots are being used for cleaning, finishing and diagnostics of arbitrarily oriented surfaces in space for instance shop windows, glass vestibules, nuclear reactor walls and oil tank surfaces. The new designs of the vacuum adaptive feet and climbing robots have been developed with the aid of applied ARIZ and other TRIZ tools. The specific schemes and designs of vacuum adaptive feet and robots are described. The new vacuum feet can operate on many different surfaces including uneven and cracked ones. This paper has been illustrated with the pictures of real robots and their performances. The outcome of this project was 20 patents with the application of some of them in the current robot’s design. This paper is useful for TRIZ users who like a real case study with measured results and demonstrate how TRIZ was used to develop the solutions.

17:30 - 18:10 (Oral 3) Promotion of TRIZ method in Matsushita Electric Industrial Company Group

Koichi Kumagai (Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., LTD)
[Chaired by Masaki]

Matsushita Electric Industrial Group started acquiring the "Taguchi Method", as a prior technique of scientific methods, as well as the trial of its introduction in 1989. The QSD (Quality Stabilization Design)", which is the Matsushita's unique improved version of the "Taguchi Method", has spread over the group and achieved remarkable effects. Since the introduction of the TRIZ software and its method started in between 1999 and 2001 in each organization of MEI Group, TRIZ has been regarded as a scientific method following QSD, and ranked as one of the effective techniques for breaking through technical problems. Utilization of it has been promoted all across the MEI Group. This presentation outlines the activities of the Quality Technology Group where the author belongs. The group plays the role of company-wide promotion of TRIZ. The presentation also addresses the problems and tips in company-wide promotion, and the key points to make full use of TRIZ.

18:30 - 20:10 (Reception) (Free discussion)

20:10 - 21:40 (Informal Group Discussion)

(Possible themes: How to promote TRIZ; How to apply TRIZ; etc.)
[Coordinated by K. Kumagai, A. Mochizuki, T. Kataoka, and K. Ikeda]

Sept. 2, 2005 (Friday)

9:00 - 10:20 (Keynote 2) TRIZ Critical SWOT: Systematic Innovation Today And Tomorrow

Darrell Mann (Systematic Innovation Ltd, UK) [Chaired by Y. Konishi]

TRIZ is approaching a critical point in its history. What happens in the next two or three years will determine whether it grows into a global phenomenon or shrinks into cult-like obscurity. This presentation starts with an examination of the critical strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the method today, and how they might change as the future unfolds. This analysis is then used as the basis for defining the key conflicts and contradictions that will need to be overcome if TRIZ is to follow the path to success. The presentation will discuss a selection of the identified contradictions and explore how TRIZ itself might be used to provide practical and valid solutions. Amongst the contradictions to be discussed will be the parallel needs for TRIZ to be structured and unstructured, simple and complex, independent and integrated, consistent and adaptive. The presentation will also explore the dangers and pitfalls of case studies, why people don’t buy into change, and why those most knowledgeable about the method are probably the least well suited to help promote it. A final summary will propose a number of modifications to the DNA structure of TRIZ that may help it to flourish and grow at individual, corporate and global scales.

10:40 - 11:20 (Oral 4) TRIZ Thinking Process for Problem Solving

Masahiro Kuwahara (IDEA) [Chaired by K. Kumagai]

TRIZ is supporting tool to make idea for problem solving. Many Corporations is introducing TRIZ but it is not obtain good results. Because the TRIZ theory is complex, not understood easily, and it is not in easiness the usage for the theory built based on huge knowledge information. We constructed TRIZ and "Conception engine" that urged the problem solving idea and flow that supported the problem solving process of the engineer locating, and adding Pri-Post before and behind that were constructed. TRIZ is presented, and it catches, and the usage that can put out the result is  presented as the idea process to the problem solving.

11:20 - 12:00 (Oral 5) USIT Application in the Subject of the Relief Character Printing

Akihiko Noda, Yoshiya Imoto, Takashi Yamamuro, Makoto Hirota,
Kunio Yamada, Katsumi Sakamaki,Toshiyuki Yano, Shigeru Kasuya
(Fuji Xerox Co.) (#10) [Chaired by K. Kumagai]

USIT is applied to the subject of the relief character printing which is using electrophotographic technology. The relief characters need to be apprehensible with tactile sensation. A relief character in electrophotpgraphy is formed as follows. Toner particles, where a toner is generally used as a coloring agent in electrophotography, are composed with binder resin including expanding agent particles. At first a character consist of the toner particles is formed on a paper. Secondly they are heated, and the toner particles are expanded and combined with each other as well as the paper. Then a relief character is obtained on the paper.
However there is a critical subject in that technology, which the relief characters of toner are easily peeled off by touching. Then USIT have been applied to the subject and solutions have been obtained.

12:00 - 12:30 (Brief Introduction to Poster Presentations) (by all the authors)

[Chaired by S. Kasuya]

12:30 - 13:30 (Lunch)

13:30 - 16:30 (Vendor Session) [Coordinated by T. Nakagawa]

13:30 - 14:00 (Vendor Presentation 1) Approach of MRI/MSYS for Introducing and Disseminaing TRIZ: ITD (Innovative Technology of Design) and IMC Software Tools

Yoshihisa Konishi (Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.)

MRI/MSYS has been engaged in the localization and dissemination of IM tools cooperating with IMC (Invention Machine Corporation). The author has been involved in TRIZ-related activities since 1997. Based on this experience and information on introduction cases of foreign companies acquired from IMC, TRIZ consultants, etc., the following items will be looked at:
• propagation status of IM tools in foreign countries
• introduction of TRIZ to Japanese companies utilizing the way of thinking in IM tools
Some aspects of Goldfire Innovator, the newest tool of IMC, will also be presented.

14:00 - 14:30 (Vendor Presentation 2) Study of TRIZ Techniques at SANNO: TRIZ Thinking Used as the Core of a Engineer Education Program

Manabu Sawaguchi ( The SANNO Institute of Management) (#13)

About10 years have passed since TRIZ techniques were presented in Western countries (including USA, Europe and Japan). The recognition of TRIZ, however, is still much limited in Japan. Thus, in this presentation, I would like to discuss about the possibility of institutionalizing TRIZ in Japanese industries as an effective management technique in relation to engineer education programs. SANNO has introduced since 1997 a series of TRIZ techniques and software tools (IWB) developed by Ideation, as an effective management technique to solve technical problems in industries. In the first half of the presentation, I am going to review the study of TRIZ applications at SANNO. And, in the latter half, I will explain the TRIZ-way of thinking that SANNO proposes to Japanese engineers and TRIZ practitioners. By example, I have recently conducted in a Japanese company an Education Program of MOT (Management of Technology) focusing on TRIZ techniques.

14:40 - 15:10 (Vendor Presentation 3) SKI's Approach for Penetrating TRIZ: Mann's Systematic Innovation Method and CREAX Software Tools

Masatoshi Hotta (Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative) (#16)

SKI does the education and the consulting concerning TRIZ. Concurrently SKI is doing localization and dissemination of the books and the tools in cooperation with CREAX and IFR. Additionally, Hotta does the active conduct of business concerning TRIZ since 1996, and is obtaining the chance of contact with many TRIZ users. Based on these, I explain the status of the spread of TRIZ and an appropriate manner to introduce TRIZ. Moreover, I introduce the software tool of CREAX.

15:10 - 15:40 (Vendor Presentation 4) What do you want to do with TRIZ?

Mamoru Zenko ( IDEA, Inc.) (#24)

We have been promoting TRIZ since 1998 mainly by consulting and supporting people in enterprises for their gaining profit by using TRIZ. Around 2001 there were some people who said TRIZ useless, and hence we did research why they failed in using TRIZ and what process blocked them from their effective use of TRIZ, and we have definitely improved the problem solving process with TRIZ. Thus we have made a program for effective use of TRIZ as a thinking process for problem solving and have established a practical way of utilizing TRIZ for obtaining real results and profits. "There is no useless TRIZ!" is our motto.

15:40 - 16:10 (Discussion with all the vendor presenters) [Chaired by T. Nakagawa]

16:30 - 18:00 (Poster and Demo Session)

(Poster Presentations) [Coordinated by S. Kasuya]

(Poster 1) How to Adapt Reconsidered Object to TRIZ, USIT and ASIT

Takahara Toshio (#03)

Object is redefined as something that interacts mutually on another thing on the authority of Kant, Hegel and Marx. As the minimal object set for real world, I set system objects which express material being and contents of information that are born by physical entity, and process objects which express processes of action. Both objects have their granularity.
These new concepts of object are the basis of thinking methods or problem solving methods. I consider the way to adapt reconsidered object to TRIZ, USIT and ASIT.

(Poster 2) Comparative Study of Two Contradiction Matrices Using Business Model Creating Method

Atsuko Ishida (Hitachi, Ltd.) (# )

In 2003, I tried to use 40 Inventive Principles and a Contradiction matrix of TRIZ, to create innovative business models and products. It consisted of 2 phases. In the first phase, we difined essential subjects and contradictions on business, and made a "Business idea database" using TRIZ. In the situation, we defined a "business/products strategy classification" and an "information technology classification" which represented current and future business and technology. In the second phase, I proposed a process of conceiving innovative business models and products, using the "Business idea data bases" made in the first phase.
In this paper,I applied Matrix 2003 for making "Business idea database", and estimated quantity/quality of created ideas. With the result I also evaluated my methodology's dependence on contradiction matrix of TRIZ. As a result, it was found that Matrix 2003 could be more effective to create reasonable ideas for business solutions systematically, than using traditional one.


(Poster 3) TRIZ: Its Philosophy and the History

Shinsuke Kurosawa (The SANNO Institute of Management) (#18)

In 1956 on No.6 of "Issues of Psychology", G.S. Altshuller, together with R.B. Shapiro, published the paper "On Psychology of Invention", which can be regarded as the TRIZ Manifest. In 1986, to the end of his creative activities, Altshuller wrote another paper titled "The History of ARIZ Development" as a manuscript for his lecture, where he explains the steps of ARIZ development up to his last version ARIZ-85-C and directions of its further development. There is no reason that we should stick to his TRIZ idea. We believe, however, studying what the founder thought is helpful to understand the dynamism that is embedded in TRIZ as the system. It is also discussed where in the dynamism the TRIZ, that Sanno believes useful, is placed.

(Poster 4) Promoting the Intellectual Creativity Cycle by the Combined Use of TRIZ an Patent Claim Markup Language (PCML)

Toshimitsu Kataoka (Pat-Brain) (#19)

TRIZ took a stage of invention creation from problem solving to promote a smooth intellectual creation cycle. It started the research that a structured claim description language called Patent Claim Markup Language (PCML). It could describe a mention of claims about the invention by University-Industry Partnership. PCML makes it possible to visualize and extract a correct range of information by computer XML. Patent information generated by PCML enables that We can use patent information as the true knowledge creation source of information. It is the next step from technical information and is a practical use of correct information. Expression of function block diagram in TRIZ helps problem solving and helps structured expression of a right range by PCML. PCML can make a link to CAD data module and a product by realizing a link to the Web page that carries the necessary technology to carry out invention of a claim mention and the technology that is necessary.

(Poster 5) Introducing USIT in Matsushita Electric Works

Kouji Tsuji and Jiro Hashizume (Matsushita Electric Works, LTD) (#24)

USIT (Unified Structured Inventive Thinking), i.e. a simplified and integrated version of TRIZ, has been introduced in Matsushita Electric Works on a trial basis, with the aim of utilizing it for efficient R&D and patent application. The three corporate engineering departments, namely Intellectual Property Department, Technical Management Department, and R&D Planning Office, worked together for the promotion. USIT 2-Day Training Seminars (instructed by Professor Nakagawa) were conducted three times so far, where USIT were applied in group practices to solve 9 actual on-going problems in our Corporate Research Laboratories. As the results of the evaluations by the seminar participants, USIT has been found effectively applicable to the problems in the fields related to mechanics, information systems, and partly materials. We are now trying to deploy USIT wider and further in real applications in our company.

(Demonstration and PR by Vendors) [Coordinated by Y. Mihara]

(Demo & PR 1) (MRI Systems)

(Demo & PR 2) (The SANNO Institute of Management)

(Demo & PR 3) (Sozo Kaihatsu Initiative (SKI))

(Demo & PR 4) (Japan I. R.)

18:00 - 19:00 (Dinner)

19:00 - 21:00 (Informal Group Discussion)

(Possible themes: How to promote TRIZ; How to apply TRIZ; etc.)
[Coordinated by K. Kumagai, A. Mochizuki, T. Kataoka, and K. Ikeda]

Sept. 3, 2005 (Saturday)

8:40 - 9:20 (Oral 6) Understanding and Analysis of Problem

Ik Cheol Kim (Tecinfo, Korea) (#01) [Chaired by K. Hasegawa]

Many kinds of problem solving tools, such as TRIZ, USIT, KT, NM, are developed because problem solving is important. Especially TRIZ is real tool to understand the source of problem. But most of these tools are focused only for problem solving, not sufficient for problem itself. And 4 stage of problem solving process, find-define-solving-evaluation is not enough also. Therefore, lots of errors are happened and makes hard in problem solving procedure. Problem finding and define are important as solving.
This report represents the fundamental checking element during the problem solving process.

9:20 - 10:00 (Oral 7) Comparative Functional Test of TRIZ-AFD and KT-PA in Failure Analysis using Actual Product Accident Information

Fuminobu Takahashi (Hitachi, Ltd.) (#14) [Chaired by K. Hasegawa]

Performance for investigation of the real accident cause has been comparatively examined by two different teams, one using TRIZ-AFD (Anticipatory Failure Determination) and the other using KT-PA (Problem Analysis). The two technical teams were composed of 3 researchers each. The KT-PA team began a discussion to select questions for a person who carried out an examination, in order to resolve the lack of information. The TRIZ-AFD team discussed the accident phenomena with poor information, but they could successfully construct a lucid genealogical diagram of the accident phenomena. Although they could not get the correct cause because they failed to delve into a significant guidance which would have given them access to it, only a three hour examination proved the usefulness of TRIZ-AFD for investigation of causes in real product accidents.

10:00 - 10:40 (Oral 8) Fuji Film Style Technical Problem Analysis Method:Refinements On USIT Problem Analysis

Hideaki Kosha (Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.) (#09) [Chaired by K. Hasegawa]

From many USIT project experiences, the author found that engineers have great difficulties in presuming plausible root cause(s) of their problems. Then constructed a new concept*; adding DF(Driving Force)-P(Phenomenon) to O-A-F, so as technical problems to be more strongly related to the basic USIT O-A-F (Object-Attribute-Function) concept. A new efficient approach for presuming plausible root cause(s) of technical problems “Phenomenon-Attribute-Analysis (PAA)” was developed based on this concept. Main feature of PAA is dividing the function achievement process with a viewpoint of “state change”. Some practical examples of effectiveness of PAA will be presented.
*We call it F-USIT concept. F = Fuji Film

11:00 - 11:40 (Oral 9) The Proposal of “the Preparation of the Patent Specification as the Creative Activities” with a Central Focus on the Corresponding Relations between the Logic of Creation and the Patent Law

Kimihiko Hasegawa (Sano & Associates International Patent Firm) (#06) [Chaired by K. Ikeda]

Generally, when creation functions, it is never conscious of the patent. And, it is never conscious of the creative activities when an invention proposal document or a patent specification is made after the invention is completed. However, the innovative invention can be efficiently produced if the researcher who is the leading part of the creative activities, and an engineer have an idea like a patent. And, if the person in charge of Intellectual Property Rights has a creative idea, researcher's and engineer's invention is supported, and hence, a broad and strong patent specification can be made. In order to realize the above, it is shown that using the appraisal standard of the invention in the patent law together with the inventions technique which established the creative problem solution technique by analyzing invention activities and patent information is most suitable.

11:40 - 12:20 (Oral 10) Efficient patent network constructed by using TRIZ

Kimio Nishimura (NISSAN Motors Co.) (#20) [Chaired by K. Ikeda]

It is the most important things for each company to construct efficient patent network earlier than other company and get the advantage on the new technical field. In old process only professional men discussed about the subject, took a patent, however we couldn’t satisfy with the result (quality, quantity). In new process, we could efficient patent network constructed by using TRIZ with nonprofessional person. In this presentation, we introduce about the process.

12:20 - 13:20 (Lunch)

13:20 - 14:00 (Oral 11) Use of TRIZ in the Framework of Value Management (VM)

Makoto Unno (Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.) (#02) [Chaired by K. Ikeda]

Value Management (VM) which has been developed from Value Engineering (VE), is defined as one of the basic management systems for Kaizen, improvements and innovation on all business processes including development processes of the products. In the framework of VM, guidelines of practical problem solution processes using the Knowledge Bases of TRIZ, have being investigated by various industries in Japan. One of tentative guidelines (VM-TRIZ) is introduced in this presentation.

14:00 - 15:00 (Closing Discussion) How to Introduce, Promote, and Apply TRIZ in Japan

[Coordinated by S. Kasuya]

15:00 (Closed)


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