Deep Learning-Based Artificial Intelligence Changes Autonomous Vehicle Technology Landscape

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryUntil recently, only a small number of companies with expertise in high-priced specialized sensors and the automobile industry could implement autonomous navigation technology. High technological and financial barriers formerly allowed only ICT giants and a small number of companies in the automobile industry with capabilities for long-term investment and technology development to take the initiative in the development of autonomous driving technology.

In fact, a single car used in the early days of Google’s development of autonomous driving was priced at about 170 million won. The price of a LIDAR sensor used as the core sensor of the car stood at 80 million won. In addition, about 170 staff members brought in mainly from automakers spent more than four years in R&D to develop a self-driving vehicle.

However, these high technological barriers are being broken down by artificial intelligence, especially deep learning. Companies that implement self-driving technology using deep- learning have been emerging rapidly over the past two years, particularly in Silicon Valley.

Unlike previous autonomous driving technology, which was implemented by automobile experts using a rule-based approach, these companies implement autonomous driving technology in a process as if people improved driving skills by repeating drives based on deep learning. A small number of developers are implementing autonomous driving technology in a very short time by using low-cost, general-purpose sensors rather than expensive ones.

In addition, the rapidly evolving artificial intelligence technology is expected to be applied to autonomous navigation and will accelerate the revolutionary change of technology competition in the future. Leading research institutes in the field of autonomous navigation are already conducting studies to integrate the latest research in artificial intelligence such as reinforcement learning, relational networks, and transferring intelligence into the development of autonomous navigation technology.

Especially, as these researches realize a process where artificial intelligence learns, reasons, and forecasts in a way similar to that of human beings, when applied to autonomous driving technology, it will be possible to develop a car that runs by thinking and judging like a human being.

In academia and the start-up world, autonomous driving technologies based on deep learning have already been introduced one after another. With innovative cases taking place every year, experts in the fields of artificial intelligence and deep learning, not experts in the automotive industry, are integrating their research into the automotive field and presenting their technology.

In particular, these companies are announcing their technologies as open sources and they are accelerating technology through researchers’ participation and competition. This method differs greatly from technology competition among major companies in the automobile industry which have developed technology through the development and internalization of their own technology.

Automakers that have adhered to existing methods are also responding to the new technology paradigm by rapidly securing their deep-learning capabilities. Major automakers with OEM systems such as Daimler, VW, and Toyota have been rapidly introducing external technologies by investing in and acquiring start-ups related to deep learning since 2016. Internally, they have also invested heavily in developing their own technologies by setting up AI-specialized research centers. In particular, GM and Ford are responding to technological competition where they have been lagging behind their rivals by acquiring or investing in self driving start-ups based on deep learning with more than one trillion won in investments each.

“The core of autonomous technology competition has already started to move to deep learning. Artificial intelligence experts in the field of deep learning are rapidly implementing autonomous navigation technology with low-cost general-purpose sensors. Most companies are also developing autonomous navigation technology based on deep learning and competition in the automobile industry is expected to focus on securing competence in artificial intelligence field and securing driving data in the future,” said Lee Seung-hoon, a researcher at the LG Economic Research Institute. “This is because the technological quality of AI based on machine learning such as deep learning will be determined by data collected more diverse driving environments and the utilization of learning processes.”

In addition, he said, “Companies such as comma.ai and Tesla that have already recognized the importance of securing actual driving data have already gathered driving data from millions to hundreds of millions of kilometers and are using them in self driving learning processes. It is expected that when the autonomous driving market is full-fledged, technology gaps between companies with such data and advanced intelligence and those without them in the beginning of the market will be very large and it will be a big challenge for latecomers to narrow such gaps,” Lee added.

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Commercial and Industrial Steamers

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiry[INQ. NO. 1801M11] SJE Co., Ltd. is a manufacturer of Commercial and Industrial cleaning machines. SJE was established in 1991 in Busan, Republic of Korea. It had started importing and selling industrial high pressure washers from Europe to Korea. Shortly after starting its business, SJE had become a leading company in the industry.
In 2002, the company targeted the market for steam cleaning machines. With dramatic increase in its sales amount, SJE has developed to launch Korean steam cleaning machines and released Optima Steamer Series in 2004. SJE has been conducting R&D on the steam cleaners with expertise and technologies learned from years of experience. The excellent quality of its products meets customers’ needs over 177 countries around the world.
SJE is currently targeting global promising markets with its latest models of steamers – diesel steamers, electric steamers. Diesel steamers-Optima XD, Optima DM(DMF)- are equipped with a diesel burner and generate steam within 2min. The equipped boiler runs consistently and energy-efficiently. The burner with heat-efficient double layer maximizes heat transfer and minimizes fuel consumption and emissions. With their mobility, optima brands are suitable for mobile cleaning operations.
Electric Steamer Electric steamers – Optima XE, Optima EST, Optima SE II- are electric-powered steamers and can be a professional exterior and interior as car wash machines. They are ideal for the wine & brew industry, sanitizing its facilities. In addition, Optima brands can be used for sanitization of food processing equipment without chemicals.

 

 

SJE’s diesel steamers and electric steamers consume a fraction of water, wasting no water. They ensure clean washing even for hard-to-reach areas. The sanitization without chemicals is possible. They are potable, enabling the users to more easily and swiftly use them than existing other brands. They ensure more versatile applications. They are used for such diversified applications as car wash, auto repair shop, winery, brewery, kitchen, restaurant, food factory, hospital, healthcare service, weed removal, and public health service.
SJE promises it will commit itself to continuously research and develop more advanced commercial and industrial steamers to meet the growing, various levels of customers’ needs around the world for many years to come.

 

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Brake Pads, Fine Blanking Products

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiry[INQ. NO. 1801M12] Finetro, a leading brake pad-specialized company that takes the lead in the prevention of car accidents and aims for a safe driving culture was established in Euiyeong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do in 2006 and has grown into a representative company that produces safe and excellent parts for brakes with a focus on fine blanking products, breaking pads and lining products.
Finetro, which has been steadily investing in research and development since its inception, acquired a SQ certificate in 2008, ISO and TS certificates in 2010 and received a venture business certificate in 2010. The company was named an INNOBIZ technological innovation-type small enterprise in the same year. The registration of a patent on a brake pad in 2012 allowed Finetro to grow into a company that seeks innovative brake pads, which are the center of automobile parts.
Brake products are automotive parts that play an important role in ensuring the safety of consumers only when they can exhibit perfect braking force under any operating conditions. Finetro’s brake pads boast a significant improvement in dust and noise and superior quality that increases braking power and wear resistance at reasonable prices.
Moreover, Finetro’s fine blanking products has cleaner sheared surfaces than power press products and no obliquity. They also have the excellent flatness of adhesive surfaces. So, the company offered products devoid of quality defects compared to existing products. Especially, by maximizing antirust effects and adopting the excellent oxy-nitriding method which is not the previous zinc galvanizing method which is toxic, Finetro taking the lead as an eco-friendly company as the company is applying antirust effects which prevent pollution and enable the products to withstand external environmental conditions which are much more severe conditions than those of salt spray tests for 500 hours.
“We are making efforts to publicize our products in the A/S market on our own and getting closer to consumers by expanding our nationwide distribution network,” said Ha Dae-ho, managing director of Finetro, which is expected to grow into a leading company that can ensure the safety of consumers.

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EXCO, Korea’s Top Destination for Exhibitions, Conventions and Meetings

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryEXCO was first opened as a regional convention center in 2001 and has been faithful to its role and function as a local landmark while devoting itself to its original task of promoting business opportunities for local SMEs and local culture.
Over the past years, not only has the number of events and visitors increased dramatically, but also the construction of the second exhibition hall was confirmed in the last year in order to meet the growing demand for exhibitions. This has marked a milestone in its advancement as an exhibition center. By December 2020, EXCO will offer exhibition space of 30,000m2 on the first floor to satisfy the requirements of the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy for a global top exhibition center. Therefore, EXCO is anticipated to be able to create synergy effects from the enlargement and transform into an international exhibition center.

 

Actively Nurturing Future Growth Engine Industries – Future Automobile, Water, Medical, Robot, IoT, etc.

In addition to upgrading the existing core industries such as textiles and machinery, EXCO is also focusing on laying the groundwork for the expansion of the exhibition center to keep pace with changes in the industrial structure of Daegu City that seeks to become a city to lead the 4th Industrial Revolution. Such efforts include planning new exhibitions on the future growth engine industries such as future automobile, water, medical, robot, and Internet of Things (IoT), and expanding the pre-existing exhibitions in terms of both quantity and quality.
Having been recognized for successfully planning and organizing the exhibitions and conferences exclusively for the Daegu and Gyeongbuk industries, EXCO plans to keep up this trend in 2018.
As a starter, it will categorize exhibitions into: Business Events – Green Energy Expo, ICT Convergence Expo Korea, Fire & Safety EXPO KOREA, Daegu International Future Auto Expo, Daegu Automatic Machinery Expo; Public Events – Daegu Flower Show, Daegu Baby&Kids Fair, Daegu Pet Show, Daegu Urban Agriculture EXPO, Daegu Christmas Fair; Exhibitions Focused on Internationalization – Daegu International Beauty Expo, K-Food Expo, Medi Expo, etc., which are preparing to advance overseas step by step. The company devotes itself to exploring customized development strategies for each event and raising satisfaction of the participants through globalization of the fair and active buyer development.

 

 

Aiming at killing two birds with one stone – profitability and publicity – through globalization and community cooperation

The 1st Daegu International Future Auto Expo (DIFA) and the 1st Daegu Christmas Fair held last year were well received by domestic exhibition experts and EXCO was recognized for its ability to plan and hold new exhibitions. In particular, DIFA has established itself as a small but strong motor show at home and abroad, pioneering forays into niche markets differentiated from the existing motor shows.
In addition, EXCO is also making efforts to hold large-scale international conferences that have been providing the impetus for the development of new exhibitions through strengthened cooperation with the Daegu Convention Bureau. EXCO also intends to promote international conferences related with local and future growth engine industries based on the experience from organizing three energy-related international events including the World Energy Congress Daegu (WEC Daegu 2013), 7th World Water Forum, and 2021 World Gas Conference.
EXCO’s CEO Sang-Wook Kim explained, “EXCO is aiming for the qualitative growth of business in the aspect of being a partner for development of local SMEs. Exhibitors and visitors participating in the event play a major role by revitalizing the local economy through customer satisfaction. We will continue to position ourselves as the best international exhibition and convention center in Korea by taking this year as the foundation of EXCO’s second leap forward.”

 

Major Exhibitions in 2018

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BEXCO, Aiming to Become a Global MICE Platform in 2018

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiryBEXCO (Busan Exhibition & Convention Center), as a landmark of Busan, an international maritime city and a hub of logistics in Northeast Asia, launched its successful history as a global-standard convention and exhibition center with the Busan International Motor Show in September 2001.

BEXCO features a large, pillar-free exhibition space that is fully flexible for any size of event, meeting rooms, outdoor exhibition space, modern facilities, convention halls and auditorium for large-scale international conferences and meetings.

With its innovative facilities, excellent accessibility, and superb customer service, BEXCO accommodates large-scale international exhibitions, including the biennially hosted Busan International Motor Show, Korea Railways and Logistics Fairs, Offshore Korea and Marine Week.

 

 

In addition, BEXCO has established itself as an exhibition convention center with unparalleled competitiveness in Northeast Asia by hosting international conferences and events, such as the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup Final Draw Event, ICCA Annual Congress 2003, ITU Telecom Asia 2004, APEC 2005 Korea, ILO Asia and the Pacific Conference 2006, IFI Congress and World Interior Design Competition 2007, World Festival of Traditional Sports 2008, Third OECD Global Forum 2009, IPCC Congress 2010, Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness 2011, 95th Lions Clubs Int’l Convention, IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition 2012, IUSSP International Population Conference 2013, The 10th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches 2013, 2014 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, 2015 IDB-IIC Annual Conference, ITU Telecom World 2017 and more.

BEXCO is situated in the heart of Busan’s fastest-growing and most dynamic area. The Center features convenient amenities, beautiful scenery of nature and beaches of Haeundae and Gwanganri, 5-star-hotels and more accommodation to suit all budgets, shopping centers and other attractions for leisure and vacation.

Additionally, its state-of-the-art facilities enable BEXCO to host any kind of exhibition. The pillar-free exhibition space can withstand five tons of weight per 1m2 for heavy equipment. BEXCO also provides easy vehicle access for exhibits, booth construction and breakdown, a wide variety of choices for events with modern and advanced facilities including plumbing system, electricity supply, and communications system on-site. Each exhibition hall features a ceiling height of 12.5 – 22.5m, making it perfect for international largescale trade hall. The complete view of the exhibition hall from the organizer’s offices help the organizers remain in touch with the exhibition visitors and the exhibitors.

To meet the needs for bigger exhibition and meeting space, construction of the new exhibition halls and auditorium were completed in June 2012. BEXCO has expanded 20,000 square-meters of exhibition space and an auditorium that accommodates 4,000 people. With the new buildings, the Center will be able to host a wide variety of international events and provide the highest level of service, ensuring BEXCO remains a symbolic landmark of Busan’s and a global MICE platform.

 

Major Exhibitions in 2018

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Special Bolts and Related Parts

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Used in Various Fields such as Offshore Plants, Power Generation Industry and Petrochemical Industry

[INQ. NO. 1801M10] For half a century since its foundation in 1965, Hwashinbolt has grown into a leading company in the special bolt industry, keeping pace with Korea’s rapid economic growth. Since its inception, the company has been focusing on special bolts. Hwashinbolt is making every effort to satisfy its customers and create value.
Recognized for its world-class technology and potential in the field of special bolts, Hwashinbolt is participating in large-scale global energy projects in 22 countries in five continents, including combined-cycle power plants, nuclear power plants and offshore plants. Hwashinbolt is preparing to take off to grow into a global company based on accumulated technology.
Hwashinbolt produces special bolts and parts used in various fields such as offshore plants, the power generation industry and petrochemicals. Specifically, the company is also producing structural bolts steam turbine casing bolts such as tap studs, slotted nuts, eccentric pins, etc. and secure various materials according to various needs such as high temperature and high pressure characteristics or corrosion resistance among others.

Hwashinbolt produces the best products not only with general materials but with special materials (Inconel, Duplex, Hastelloy, Monel, etc.) that are difficult to come by in Korea. Almost all specifications from M3 to M190 apply to most items. Its products are exported not only to five major domestic power generation companies but to overseas companies such as GE, MHPS, Simens, Alstom and Toshiba.
Hwashinbolt currently supplies bolts and nuts to major Korean and foreign power generation companies such as GE, Siemens and Doosan, Korea’s three leading heavy industries (DSME, Samsung and Hyundai) and global oil majors such as Shell, BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron and Total. The company is also actively responding to customers’ changing needs by producing products that meet various standards such as the ANSI, ASTM, ASME, GE, SIEMENS, DIN, KS, BS and ISO. Hwashin bolt is committed to serving as a reliable partner for its customers based on continuous research and development and strict quality control.

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Industrial Special Valves

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiry[INQ. NO. 1801M09] Since its establishment in 1992, Total Engineering Co. has been committed to localizing valves. In particular, the company has been contributing to the development of the Korean valve industry by localizing various special valves that were imported. They won the Presidential Commendation for the development of excellent capital goods at the end of last year through the localization of a ram piston valve.
In the early 1990s, there were many valve makers in Korea at the time, but special valves requiring high technological power were all imported. Therefore, Sung Hae-jin, CEO of Total Engineering started his business in 1992 with a partner with long experience and know-how in the valve industry with the aim to localize special valves that Korea had to import with domestic technology”.
Since the establishment of Total Engineering, thanks to the company’s steady efforts, its products and technologies were gradually recognized and the company was able to register itself as a vendor for Daelim Industrial. As a result, the company became able to supply its products to large companies such as LG, Samsung, GS and Hyundai. In 1995, Total Engineering succeeded in localizing and commercializing various special valves including a ram piston valve, one of its flagship products. During this period, the company acquired an ISO 9002 certificate in 1999 and an ISO 14001 certificate in 2005 through constant efforts to improve quality. In 2007, it established a second factory to cope with increasing orders. Since then, Total Engineering transformed itself into a joint-stock corporation in 2011 and since then, has been growing steadily.
According to President Sung, Total Engineering produces various special valves such as knife gate valves, ram piston valves, diverter valves, tank bottom flush valves, self lapping valves, change-over valves, blind valves, 3-way ball valves and strainers. Among them, a double knife gate valve is one of the representative gate valves, mainly used for transfer lines for ash and slurry from mills at power plants. There are three types – metal-to-metal seats, metal-to-rubber cushion seats and metal-to Ptfe-seats. Total Engineering also holds a patent for long knife gate valves.
Next, ram piston valves are installed in reactors that involve a main process for production of petrochemical products, and are manufactured to transport petrochemical products from inside reactors and collect samples. This ensures perfect sealing even at high pressure of 1,500LB or more and requires a high level of technology to completely shut off gas. For this reason, only a small number of companies in the world can supply ram piston valves to major markets and Total Engineering is rivaling these companies in the global market.
Finally, blind valves allow maintenance and repair work by completely blocking the flow of fluid. This product features a structure to minimize fluid resistance and design and production to withstand high pressures.

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New Super-Plastic Steel Material

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Expected to Be Applied to Machining Hard-to-Manufacture Parts of Complex Shapes

The National Research Foundation of Korea (KRF) recently announced that a research team led by professor Lee Young-kook (Yonsei University) developed a new super-plastic steel material that is economical and relatively easy to produce.
Recently, shapes of components used in various industrial fields such as automobiles and aircraft have become increasingly complicated, and it is necessary to mold and assemble such hard-to-machine components of complicated shapes. In order to overcome these disadvantages, much attention is being paid to super-plastic steel materials and moldings that can create parts of complex shapes through a single process.

So far, various super-plastic materials have been developed but are difficult to commercialize. Zinc and aluminum alloys have low strength after molding. Raw materials for nickel and titanium alloys and stainless steels are expensive, and high carbon steel has a problem of a complicated manufacturing process.

The research team successfully developed an ultra-fine, medium manganese steel material with an elongation rate of up to 1341%, using medium manganese steel actively studied recently.

The researchers used medium manganese steel with manganese (6.6%) and aluminum (2.3%). This alloy can produce fine grains which are important prerequisites for a super-plasticity phenomenon due to a difference in the distribution of manganese and aluminum when undergoing heat treatment after a rolling process.

In addition, the research team conducted a tensile test at a temperature range of 650°C to 900°C, and found that the elongation rate was up to 1,314% at 850°C and rose over 300% at 650°C, a relatively low temperature.

The super-plastic medium steel material developed in this study is economical compared to conventional super-plastic stainless steel and high carbon steels because small amounts of manganese and aluminum go into the material and can be manufactured using a conventional steelmaking process. In particular, medium manganese steel has an advantage of easily forming crystal grains of several hundred micrometers to several micrometers, which are important for super-plasticity.

“We anticipated that this research will make it easier for various industries to manufacture parts of complex shapes difficult to mold, while requiring high strength by using new super-plasticity steel materials with excellent cost-cutting effects,” Professor Lee said.

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Couplings, Clamps

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiry[INQ. NO. 1801M08] Founded in 1995, Jung Woo Coupling, a small company, manufactures couplings and clamps to connect pipes. However, the company has been recognized as a small but strong company in exporting to 35 countries including Japan, the USA, the UK, France, Norway and Australia.
Couplings connect two pipes and are mainly used for the installation of pipes. Clamps are used to fix or overlay pipes on other pipes for maintenance purposes. Couplings and clamps are recognized as products that can replace existing cumbersome and difficult piping connections such as welding. If a user only locks bolts on couplings and clamps, the user can easily connect pipes, thereby saving the user work time and cost.
Couplings and clamps can be used in a variety of industries including shipbuilding, power generation, chemical, petroleum, housing, and construction. Couplings and clamps are already widely used in Europe such as the UK and Germany, but not in Korea.
For this reason, Jung Woo Coupling is known as the best manufacturer in the field of couplings and clamps in Korea. “With only one or two companies producing pipe couplings and clamps in Korea, our company feels a sense of responsibility as a leading company in Korea,” remarked Yoo In-tae, CEO of Jung Woo Coupling. “In particular, we are proud of the fact that we are recognized around the world as we have invested in research and development over the past 16 years.”

Jung Woo Coupling has concentrated its research efforts on improving quality and technology since its establishment. The company registered four utility models by applying their own technology to foreign products. As an example, Jung Woo Coupling improved the compression of saw teeth of pipes’ connection parts of couplings to prevent leaks and improve connection strength.
In addition, the company made products that can be used only for straight pipes available for “ㄱ-shaped” pipes, and enhanced product performance so that pipes made of different materials can be connected. That is to say, they made installation work easier by developing assembly-type couplings that connect large sewer pipes that pass through cities and small sewer pipes for homes.
Compared to this technology, Jung Woo Coupling products are about 30% cheaper than those of overseas major manufacturers. Jung Woo Coupling secured cost competitiveness through quality management by reducing cost through quality certification and reducing expenses incurred in the production process.

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Thermostatic Coolers

https://korean-machinery.com///inquiry[INQ. NO. 1801M07] Seyang Mechatronics is specialized in producing products for process improvement devices such as air cooling devices, vortex system products based on compressed air (vortex tubes, vortex cool tools, vortex CNC coolers, vortex CNC mechanical thermostats, vortex air cool jackets) and vortex warm tools, vortex high thrust jets, vortex air conveyor vacs, vortex air curtains, vortex air flow bars, vortex air vacuum suction, and vortex air suction guns.
Vortex Air Cooling Oil Jet, recently introduced by Seyang Mechatronics, does not use the existing electric control method. The product protects tooling wear and equipment lubrication and lubricates powerful mist cooling for machined objects and tools by spraying mist of cooled air and lubricating liquid at the same time from vortex tubes with compressed air at factories.
Vortex Air Cooling Oil Jet is capable of spraying lubrication mist using the oil venture-type method for spraying vortex tube cold air and fluid flows, protects workpiece materials, machining tool and maintain the high quality of machined products as sprayed mist of cutting oil is immediately cooled off with cold air (max -30°C) from vortex tubes.
Seyang Mechatronics also introduced the Vortex Cabinet Thermostatic Cooler that features heat control and thermal protection inside a control panel and an electronic control panel. It protects against external dust and pollution and can better function on lines with air cleaning facilities.
Vortex Cabinet Automatic Thermostat Cooler can always keep the inside of a cabinet and electronic components clean and quiet by sending out heat generated from inside a control panel, as it is hermetically attached to the control panel and maintaining proper temperature with cold air discharged from the cooler.
As a company that meets tough quality standards required by corporate customers, Seyang Mechatronics always aims to become a company that does its best.

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