The keynote speaker was Prof. Toru Nakagawa (Professor Emeritus, Osaka Gakuin University) and his topic entitled “Six-Box Scheme: New Paradigm for Creative Problem Solving”. Prof. Nakagawa would like to use “Six-Box Scheme” as basic framework to collect and integrate different successful methods so as to form a general and effective methodology named “The General Methodology for Creative Problem-Solving/Task-Achieving” (CrePS).
Prof. Toru Nakagawa compared the conventional method and TRIZ/USIT under different approaches in the following table. (Remark: USIT stands for Unified Structured Inventive Thinking, details in tutorial session.)
Then he introduce G.S. Altshuller (1926-1998) (ex-USSR) who got the basic idea to reorganizing knowledge in science & technology and in patents, then developed TRIZ in 40 years. After the end of the Cold War, TRIZ had been introduced into the western world (included into Japan in 1996). The following diagram demonstrated TRIZ methodology for problem solving.
Prof. Nakagawa then introduced Mr. Ed Sickafus who developed Unified Structured Inventive Thinking (USIT) at Ford in 1995.
After that he explained the USIT Procedure flowchart which was developed by him in 2005. USIT operators included Object Pluralization, Attribute Dimensionality, Function Distribution, Solution Combination and Solution Generalization.
Different areas of applying TRIZ were reviewed. Prof. Nakagawa said we needed a more general method to employ TRIZ.
Therefore, Prof. Nakagawa raised a new target at a higher level in 2012 to establish a general methodology of creative problem-solving / task-achieving, to spread it widely, and to apply it to problem-solving and task-achieving jobs in various domains in the whole country and the world. This methodology was named as “CrePS”. The following diagram showed the mechanism of CrePS and the different business activities.
Finally, Prof. Nakagawa said the traditional TRIZ expert was an inventor or contract researcher. He promoted a new paradigm with USIT that expert was a guiding assistant of engineers to help them thinking and solving the work together in any field. Prof. Nakagawa had developed a public web site named “TRIZ Home Page in Japan” to share TRIZ information since 1998. (http://www.osaka-gu.ac.jp/php/nakagawa/TRIZ/eTRIZ/)
Dr. Michael Li (Chairman, ISIHK) presented a souvenir to Prof. Toru Nakagawa.
I attended the Morning parallel session and shared their presentation below.
The first speaker was Dr. Jyhjeng Deng (Industrial Engineering and Management Department, DaYeh University) and his presentation entitled “Patent Circumvention of Tea Bag Filter”.
Then he described research methodology from “Patent Problem Analysis” to “Key Technical Features Identification”, “Functional Model”, “40 Inventive Principles” and then “Generate Design Solution”. Function analysis was performed and also employed one of 40 Inventive Principles “13. Inverse”. The accusation for infringement of the patent right was not valid by the Japanese Intellectual Property High Court on 25 Jan 2010.
The second speaker was Dr. Jianhong Ma (National Technological Innovation Method and Tool Engineering Research Center, Hebei University of Technology) and her topic named “An Inventive Standards-Based Approach in the field of Inventive Problem Solving with CAI Tools”. She told use SI/TRIZ was widely studied in China.
Dr. Jianhong Ma introduced Computer Aided Invention (CAI) tools using the Innovation Knowledge Cloud (IKC) platform for computer-aided innovative design to solve the inventive problems. The platform and tools were shown in the following diagram and some cases had been discussed.
The third speaker was Dr. Hsin Rau (Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Chung Yuan Christian University) and his topic was “Inventive Green Product Development System by Integrating QFDE and TRIZ”.
Inventive Green Product Development System (IGPDS) methodology was briefed. IGPDS integrated Quality Function Deployment for Environment (QFDE) and Luttropp and Lagestedt (2006) ten golden rules, as well as TRIZ for product development.
Afternoon, I attended the 5th Global Competition on Systematic Innovation – Project Session.
Dr. Hsin Rau was the first presenter and his project named “Value-added & Creative Design for the Bicycle Side Kickstand”. His students would like to solve the problems come from forgetting kick up the bicycle side kickstand and forgetting to bring a lock.
Then they developed bicycle side kickstand which added lock with T-shaped bar and solve their problem automatically.
Asst. Prof. TriZit Benjaboonyazit (Head of Electrical Engineering Program, Faculty of Engineering, Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology) was the second presenter and his project was “Dynamic Car-Wheel-Lock”. Prof. TriZit demonstrated their final product to us.
The problem of car-wheel-lock was bulky in version 1 and was easily removed wheel to escape from version 2. The new design using adjustable dynamic car-wheel-lock improved the problem in version 1 and without use of version 2.
The third presenters were Mr. Gui Ke and Mr. Chen Fixiang (Human University) and their project topic was “Design of a Multipurpose Desk used in Classroom”.
They performed market research, questionnaire survey and referring to data. Then they identified different types of courses using classroom such as common course, engineering drawing, Multimedia teaching, etc. The prototype desk was demonstrated through video.
The forth presenter was Ms. Helena V.G. Navas (UNIDEMI, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal) and her project named “TRIZ and Lean Methodologies in an Industry of Air Handling and Ventilation”. The project goal was to improve the management of stocks of external and internal material. 5S and TRIZ were employed. TRIZ tools included Substance-field analysis and Matrix of contradictions used for some problem solving.
The fifth presenter was Mr. Chen Kuang-Chen (Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University) and his project presentation entitled “Proposal for a Systematic Innovation of Decision-Making”. Using Systematic Innovation tools, he hoped to find out the right people and experience people in administrative positions in Taiwan.
The sixth project presenter was Dr. Wen Shan Lin (National Tsinghua University Taiwan) and his topic named “TRIZ-Based CMP Conditioner Redesign Innovation”.
The pad conditioner usually was a stainless steel disc whose surface was coated with adhesive diamond abrasive grains. If pad surface was conditioned insufficiently, by-products remaining on the polish pad surface which would make more scratches on the wafer surface. After TRIZ methodology employed, the final solution used water jet and brush to remove by-products.
Dr. Victor Lo (Vice-Chairman, ISIHK) was the seventh presenter and his project presentation named “Developing Innovation Project Using Innovative Quality Improvement PKIR model”. Dr. Lo would like to develop Innovative Quality Improvement model which was universally true. PKIR stands for “Problem identification”, “Knowledge acquisition”, “Ideation” and “Realization”.
Dr. Lo’s model was developed according to two main streams of innovation methods included Human Centered Innovation (e.g. Design Thinking) and TRIZ (e.g. Technical know how). He developed more than 50 project flash cards and Chinese Martial Art Kata. Some companies had tried to use this PKIR model such as Union Hospital, The Salvation Army, Towngas, Laundry Services in Correctional Service Industries, etc. Dr. Lo said the future development direction was “Gamification”.
Prof. D. Daniel Sheu (National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan) was the eighth presenter and his project title was “Using TRIZ for Problem Solving in Product Development: a Speaker Case”.
He employed most of TRIZ tools included FA, CECCA, CM, FOS, Effect Database, Parameter Change, SF-Model, Trimming, etc. The real product was demonstrated to us.
The last presenter was Dr. Chi-Ming Chen (Department of Industrial Management, Chien Hsin University of Science and Technology) and his project presentation entitled “Transformable Raincoat for Motorcyclists”.
He selected 3 Inventive Principles and they were IP-1 Segmentation, IP-15 Dynamicity and IP-17 Transition into New Dimension.
After Day 2 of conference, HKUST campus tour was arranged for participants.
We joined the conference banquet and Prof. Sheu raised his glass in a toast to all participants.
We took a table photo for memory.
(Left of first row: Dr. Victor Lo (ISIHK), Mr. Roy Tse (ISIHK; Sales Manager, Avantec Manu Ltd.), Mr. Sam Sham (ISIHK), I (HKSQ), Mr. SL Mak (HKIE; OUHK), Dr. Jackson Tang (HKIE; Asst. Manager, Varitronix Gp) and Mr. David Kwan (ISIHK; Bworks Ltd))
(Left of second row: Dr. Liu Jiang Nan (Hunan University), Dr. Jianhong Ma (Hebei University of Technology), Ms. Suki Lee (ISIHK) and Dr. Tai-Chang Hsia (Chienkuo Technology University))
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