MIRDC’s thin motor technology wins R&D 100 Awards
The 2013 R&D 100 Awards in the USA has announced MIDRC a winner for its thin motor technology, which was also an iENA gold medalist. MIDRC, supported by MOEA Department of Industrial Technologies under the Project for Developing Micro Metal Components and System-critical Technologies, has successfully developed the thinnest-ever (Φ12x2.5mm) 3-phase DC brushless motor in Asia, offering 1.875 times output power with a mere 25% footprint compared to similar motors available on market. Currently, a total of 33 patents related to this motor are pending in Taiwan and the USA, to ensure comprehensive IPR protection for subsequent industrial applications.
MIRDC develops coating for high-end endoscopic lenses, boosting technological upgrade of medical devices in Taiwan
MIRDC, supported by MOEA Innovative Research Project, has successfully developed endoscopic lense coating that is stick-resistant to human tissue, thereby facilitating technology upgrade of medical devices in Taiwan. This coating features excellent hydrophobicity, enabling up to 110° waterdrop contact angle and offers over 99％ translucent rate in visible light spectrum. With such outstanding functionalities, this coating technology has applied for patents in Taiwan and the USA, and its anti-stick effect has been validated by user experiences in many domestic medical institutions.
On July 8, 2013, the slim motor technology developed by MIRDC was officially announced a winner of the 2013 R&D 100 Awards. It features the slimmest and smallest (Φ12x2.5mm) button-type 3-phase BLDC motor to date in Asia, which was developed under the Project of Developing Critical Technologies for Metal Micro-components and Systems, sponsored by Department of Industrial Technologies of Ministry of Economic Affairs.
On July 8, 2013, MIRDC’s R&D achievements in safety-warning and quality-testing systems for power Li-cells were recognised by Hong Kong Standard and Testing Center (STC) with the signing of a MOU on collaboration with MIRDC to enhance existing safety standards and technologies for Li-cells. This partnership aims to leverage the capabilities of MIRDC’s battery management technologies and the recognition that STC testing enjoys in China and Europe, and in the future is expected to develop traceability systems for the production and uses of batteries.
Acrow Machinery develops tool shank in partnership with MIRDC
Acrow Machinery in partnership with MIDRC has developed an ultrasonic vibration assisted tool shank that saves cost and time for cutting in processing glass touch-screens for smart phones and tablet computers. This product has secured CE accreditation and will be on display in the 23rd International Optoelectronics Exhibition in Taipei.
As of end of June 2013, MIRC employees totaled 819 people, including 5 in senior management, 448 in R&D, 168 in administration, 11 in management, 36 technicians, 98 contract-based people and 53 dispatched employees.
On June 5, 2013, MIRDC’s small-and-medium-sized wind turbine testing platform in Cigu, Tainan secured TUV SUD accreditation for small wind turbine testing facilities to become the first TUV SUD-accredited testing lab of its kind in Asia, and subsequent cooperations with TUV SUD on international certification services are expected.
On June 30, 2013, a demonstration hot-stamping production line was installed under a MOEA Environment-building Technology Development Project with a budget of NT$1.8 million. Mold tests with successful results had been conducted jointly by mold and material companies.
MIRDC, with two golds and two silvers, is Taiwan’s biggest winner at Concours Lepine innovation show
Concours Lepine in Paris, combined with Paris Fair in 2013, has attracted over one million visits from around the world, making it a great platform for gaining exposure and publicity for Taiwan’s innovative products. Both of MIRDC’s gold medalists bring significant efficiency gains for clinical medical practice. The “Positioning device, image overlapping method and image projection system”improves precision overlapping of images generated by CATSCAN and MRI respectively, and this enhanced tagging method enables augmented reality as an assistive function for surgery while meeting today’s surgical requirement for information based on both CT and MRI data.
The other gold medalist, namely ”Thermotherapeutic needle with issue injection and cooling functions,”is the only one of its kind innovation as a new medical device for electromagnetic thermotherapy, with a wide range of applications to be expected in electrocision of polyp and benign and malign tumors as well as of lesions in thyroid gland and prostrate gland, thanks to its smaller diameter needle. This innovation features one needle with multiple functions of suction/injection (for dosing, sterilizing and anaesthesizing), thermal cautery and circulated cooling, thereby enhancing significantly its applicability and expediency in clinical conditions by reducing the number of needle insertions required.
On May 13, 2013, MIRDC received two gold medals and two silver medals at Concours Lepine invention exposition in Paris.