Bringing Passion and Enthusiasm
to the Future of Materials AdvanHeat
HIROCHIKU draws on thermal and other state-of-the-art technologies developed over the years since its founding to propose production processes that have been optimized to meet customers’ needs and to design and manufacture heat treatment systems.
By augmenting our long track record of successful projects and ceaseless in-house technological R&D with new overseas technologies, we're able to propose a broad range of technologies encompassing everything from research to manufacture in the area of new materials.
Typical Examples of New Material Development
ITO for thin panels; semiconductor circuit boards; polycrystalline silicon (for solar panels); light-emitting diodes; fluorescent materials; piezoelectric elements and capacitors; quartz glass; lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells; activated charcoal, tyranno fiber, and carbon nanotubes (CNT); catalysts; precious metal refining and recycling (platforms); artificial bone; powder metallurgy (PM) and metal injection molding (MIM); super-hard and magnetic materials
Our technologies are well suited to use in small-volume, multi-model heating and heat-treating applications, and they can be adjusted to suit a range of production volumes. We supply batch furnaces in a range of sizes, from compact R&D units to large, high-performance models designed for use in manufacturing applications.
These continuous furnaces keep production running by avoiding the need to stop equipment. HIROCHIKU continuous furnaces help keep manufacturing lines running efficiency with an extensive range of heat treatment methods, including conveyor, tri-batch, rotary hearth, and rotary tube variants.
Sample Baking Test
Repeated heat treatment testing is essential in the development of new materials. Our RD Center can efficiently carry out sample baking tests that meet customer needs. In this way, we’re able to support both R&D and volume production.
- About the RD Center
- The RD Center is operated by Hirochiku’s Kobe Branch on Kobe Port Island.
The facility is equipped with demonstration equipment that can be used to carry out sample firing tests for an array of materials, and its experienced engineering staff offers a robust level of support.
Projects in Progress
Supporting Operations at a Plant That Manufactures LCD Panels
for Use in the World’s TVs and Smartphones
Developing a Sintering Furnace for ITO (Transparent Conductive Film) for Thin-Film Panels
LCD panels use transparent, highly conductive electrodes made from a material known as ITO. ITO sintering furnaces, which are used to sinter spattering targets, must deliver heat in a precise manner.
HIROCHIKU began developing an ITO sintering furnace around 1988, and our track record of deliveries has grown steadily since.
The team succeeded in developing technology capable of precisely creating and controlling temperature distribution in a high-temperature atmosphere.
More recently, the team has come together to meet customers’ needs for demanding specifications, for example by developing larger furnaces to accommodate significantly higher treatment volumes and by developing equipment that differs completely from previous designs in terms of shape. Team members continually embrace technological challenges, for example by striving to increase equipment durability.
Hirochiku ITO sintering furnaces help underpin production of the world’s TVs and smartphones.
New Material Development Equipment
Overseas Delivery Records
- We've delivered systems to customers in China, South Korea, Thailand, and the U.S.A.
- The number of inquiries from overseas research and manufacturing facilities has been growing, as has our track record of deliveries.
|South Korea||Inchon, Gumi, Gunsan, Jeonju|
|China||Ningxia, Zhuzhou, Jiaxing, Wuhu|
- Electronic Components and Semiconductors
- Solar Panels
- Ferromagnetic Materials and Hydrogen Adsorption
- Fuel Cells
- Lithium-Ion Batteries
- Optical Devices
- Super-High-Purity Refining
- Material and Raw Material Manufacturing
- Space Development
- Government and University Labs