Surface grinding machine tool for Okamoto Machine Tool Corporation.

Ohtani, Nobuoki. 2006. Surface grinding machine tool for Okamoto Machine Tool Corporation.. Okamoto Machine Tool Coporation. [Other]

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Ohtani was responsible for the corporate design management and development of new surface grinding machines for the Okamoto Machine Tool Corporation. As well as developing the long term design strategy for the corporation, Ohtani also led the redesign of a series of longstanding, well established surface grinding machines.

Due to high levels of market saturation and competition in this industrial product market the new surface grinding machines had to have distinctly original features. Ohtani's final design solutions featured machines of lower environmental impact, more user-friendly interfaces and with designs improved for greater efficiencies with new production and control technologies. Ohtani's final design solutions were driven by research into the strengths and weaknesses of existing machines in the Okamoto range. Through market and user research, sustainable industrial production machinery manufacturing research and research from recent interaction design innovation in interface design, Ohtani developed a set of design criteria and design concepts for the new surface grinding machines. These were then developed in collaboration with the Okamoto design development and manufacturing teams into machines which met the stringent market, environmental, user-based, interface design and manufacturing and production criteria.

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Exhibition websites and corporate catalogue. The final designs (fully-functioning machines) were exhibited at JIMTOF (9154,000 visitors) and also exhibited at the Chicago International Machine Tool Show 2006 (91000 visitors) September 6-13, 2006 and at JIMTOF in Japan 2006 (154,000 visitors). They can be found on the OKAMOTO website Review was available at [accessed 2007].


Surface grinding machine tool; design

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11 January 2006

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27 Jun 2008 13:37

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07 Dec 2012 12:49


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