Possession of technology and development power
Energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS)
The EDS that quickly measures the sulfur content in small petroleum samples with a high degree of accuracy, relevant to quality control of the petroleum product.
The energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) is simple in structure, and is portable because of its miniaturized form. However, owing to a low signal-to-noise ratio, the device’s capability of obtaining highly accurate measurements of small amounts of sulfur in a short period of time is limited.
The Nuclear Science Research Institute (NSRI) has radiation measurement specialists with access to detection technology and electronics technology that provide their expertise to solve the problem. These specialists worked on suppressing noise at the X-ray detector and noise caused by the internal electronics, and cooperated in the development of an EDS product that was able to measure the content of sulfur with the highest level of precision in the world. These researchers advanced the development of the device, and commercialization was achieved by TANAKA Scientific LTD.
An analysis of this development suggests that commercialization was achieved because of the proper functioning of the following three activities:
- Determination of the specific elements of research and development necessary to ensure high precision in the resulting product.
- The development of a lateral cooperative relationship to analyze and utilize the technological opportunity inherent in NSRI.
- Prompt sharing of intelligence between TANAKA Scientific LTD., Mobile support, and NSRI.