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No. 360, September 1999

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American Companies in Japan


NONELECTRIC MACHINERY

With the high-end SLA 7000 Production SolidImager from 3D SYSTEMS CORP. shipping (see Japan-U.S. Business Report No. 354, March 1999, p. 21), exclusive distributor INCS CORP. now can offer manufacturers of all sizes and budgets a solid imaging system that will enable them to quickly and cost-effectively make accurate, detailed parts and prototypes. The SLA Series includes four models, ranging from the entry-level SLA 250 through the SLA 7000. With this lineup and the aggressive pricing strategy that it has adopted, Kawasaki, Kanagawa prefecture INCS, which also installs and services Valencia, California 3D Systems' equipment, hopes to sell 35 SLA Series machines in 1999 versus the 25 delivered last year.

DRYVAC ENVIRONMENTAL, INC., the developer of a dewatering technology for waste treatment and disposal, has licensed its technology to a Matsuto, Ishikawa prefecture company. The agreement gives the Japanese firm not only access to the Rio Vista, California company's technology but also allows it to manufacture the system. That could start as early as 2000, although the licensee first will import equipment for demonstration purposes. The DryVac filter-press know-how enables sludges and other products to be dried to 100 percent solids in conventional presses without any additional equipment. As a result, solid volumes and weights can be reduced by anywhere from 50 percent to 80 percent more than traditional processes for dewatering sludge in about the same time and at a competitive cost.

A new, high-efficiency gas turbine engine from ROLLS-ROYCE ALLISON, INC. (formerly Allison Engine Co.) that generates up to 10,400 kilowatts of power per hour has given HITACHI ZOSEN CORP. additional options for designing cogeneration systems. The Allison 601-K11 is the largest gas turbine marketed by the Japanese company, which also distributes the midrange Allison 601-K9 gas turbine for generator sets. Indianapolis-headquartered Rolls-Royce Allison says that both lightweight, modular products incorporate technological enhancements that improve performance, durability, reliability, cost and emissions.

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