MISUMI Group is engaged in various manufacturing support activities, including support for students who will take on the next generation of manufacturing.
MISUMI Group has been sponsoring “ROBO-ONE”, since FY2016 as the main sponsor, organized by the Biped Robot Association, in order to support the passion of people involved in manufacturing, such as engineering students and corporate engineers.
At the tournament, ‘MISUMI Award’ is presented to robots that captivated spectators with their prominent design and dynamic movements.
ROBO-ONE (organized by the Biped Robot Association) is a biped robot battle tournament that has been held since 2002. The objective of the tournament is to improve manufacturing technologies and popularizing biped robots. Wide range of people from students to professional engineers are entering the tournament.
The robots throw punches and employs throwing techniques to defeat their opponents. Each contestant competes in a three-minute round to determine the strongest biped robot. The first contestant to score three knockdowns wins the match.
“MISUMI presents 39th ROBO-ONE” was held as a remote tournament for the first time between September 25-26, 2021 (broadcasted via Twitch*).Unlike the conventional tournament format where robots battled against each other, special rules were set in place unique to this remote competition, attacking ‘dummy’ robots, scoring points according to the difficulty of the attack; outcome determined by the number of points earned.
From all around the world including Japan, a total of 111 robots (ROBO-ONE: 47, Light: 53, auto: 11) participated and heated matches ensued.
* Live streaming broadcast platform provided by Amazon.com
In the “MISUMI Student Manufacturing Support” initiative, open invitation applications are accepted from a wide range of student groups that take on challenges in manufacturing at universities, technical colleges, etc. providing MISUMI products free of charge.
Support to more than 2,200 student groups have been provided since the program began in FY2008.
Since FY 2018, we have been supporting the activities of SAKURA Tempesta, a team of junior and senior high school students competing in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), an international robotics competition. The team has been remarkably successful, winning various awards in five consecutive competitions since its first year of operation and qualifying for the world competition three times. The team also provides many junior high and high school students with opportunities to learn about engineering and promotes the appeal of manufacturing.
Team name：Rapid Creation Section,
Kyushu Institute of Technology
Comment from a student
The company manufactures welfare equipment and assistive devices to meet the needs of the elderly, the disabled, and others. For example, MISUMI Student Monozukuri Support has supported us by producing parts to develop an electric disability chair with meviy. The portable chair is a type of assistance robot system that removes the backrest to provide clothing assistance and adjust the chair's height. In addition to using our technology to solve problems, we would like to build a world where people can create things regardless of age or disability.
Summer vacation manufacturing class
In August 2019, "MISUMI x SAKURA Tempesta Summer Vacation Manufacturing Class" for junior and senior high school students was held in order to foster manufacturing human resources. Participants endeavored in assembling machines and games using MISUMI’s full-fledged components. After the event, many students said that they became “interested in engineering” and experienced the enjoyment of manufacturing.
MISUMI Group has loaned works from the MISUMI Art Collection 22 times under special arrangements with museums holding contemporary American art exhibitions. The MISUMI Art Collection focuses on contemporary American art and is corporate art with high acclaim for its uniqueness and foresightedness. Proponents of American contemporary art aimed to achieve independence from European influences to freely pursue the potential of art. That spirit coincides with MISUMI Group’s corporate attitude of perpetually pursuing innovation. Going forward, we plan to circulate artworks on loan in response to exhibition requests from museums in other areas as well.
※Picture: Exhibit scene at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2002)