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NTN established a research institute with Osaka University

September 1, 2017

On September 1st 2017, NTN and the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University jointly established the “NTN Next Generation Research Alliance Laboratory” in Osaka University.  NTN marks its 100th anniversary in March 2018.  The institute is responsible for the development of basic technologies for the next 100 years.

Utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) technology that Osaka University is good at, they will begin developing technology to prevent lifetime prediction and breakage with the data collected from sensors mounted on NTN bearings.  Hiroshi Okubo, the president of NTN, and Shojiro Nishio, the president of Osaka University attended the opening ceremony (photo) held on September 5 2017.

Nishio said, “NTN and Osaka University have long been convinced that they will drive innovation as partners,” and Okubo said, “we aim to integrate NTN’s basic products with advanced technologies such as AI and Internet of Things, and we want to use them to train young engineers.”

“Industry-academia collaborates at the organizational level, and we want to match many seeds and needs,” said Yoshinobu Akamatsu who is in charge of the Institute’s office.

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