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  • Advanced Manufacturing Systems Research Division

    The research division for Advanced Manufacturing Systems conducts various research on materials, processes, devices, measurement, and testing technology for the production of micro-scale precision products. The research is based on ultra-precision machining and patterning, control, design, and ICT convergence. The division is currently focused on the development of core technologies for manufacturing next-generation machining systems, semiconductors, displays, industrial robots, and general machinery.

    Department of Ultra-Precision Machines and Systems

    Research Topics
    • Design and manufacturing technologies for construction of ultra-precision mechatronic systems
    • Manufacturing equipment and process technologies for multi-functional flexible devices
    • ICT-convergence and intelligent design technologies for manufacturing systems
    Major Achievements

    Ultra-precision Machines for Machining Roll Surfaces to Manufacture Large-area Micro-patterned Optical Films

    Using diamond turning, this ultra-precision machine generates micro-patterns of 20-100㎛ on the 2m-long roll for forming optical films used in the back light unit (BLU) in LCDs. The technology has been transferred to a company that has generated 12 billion KRW in sales revenue so far.

    Department of Laser & Electron Beam Application

    Research Topics
    • Laser and electron beam materials processing and system technology
    • Measurement and diagnosis technology based on laser and electron beam
    • Smart design technology for laser materials processing
    Major Achievements

    Real-time Synchronization between a Scanner and a Stage for High-speed and High-precision Laser Machining of Large-area Substrates

    This is the core technology enabling real-time synchronization between a laser scanner and a stage, which is important for laser micro-machines. This technology enables high-speed and high-precision processing (cutting, drilling, etc.) of large-area substrates such as flexible PCBs and display panels.

    Department of Printed Electronics

    Research Topics
    • Core technologies for roll-based continuous production systems
    • Printing, coating, and patterning processes and equipment technologies
    • Manufacturing technology for flexible and stretchable printed electronic devices
    Major Achievements

    Roll-to-roll Micro-pattern Printing Process and Equipment

    Offering a 1㎛ grade micro-printing technology, the process can be used for cost-effective mass production of multi-functional devices such as flexible displays, RFID-based Internet of Things (IoT), and nano-enhanced thin film solar cells.

    Department of Robotics and Mechatronics

    Research Topics
    • Advanced industrial robot technology
    • Human-Robot Cooperation Technology
    • Highly efficient actuator and sensor technology
    Major Achievements

    Dual-arm Robot for Cell-based Production System to Assemble IT Products

    A dual-arm robot was developed to conduct packing and assembling parts in a cell-based production system for IT products such as mobile phones and car audio assembly lines. This technology can reduce human errors to achieve higher productivity and precision in labor-intensive industries.

    Department of 3D Printing

    Research Topics
    • 3D printing process & system development
    • DfAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing)
    • 3D printing based hybrid manufacturing
    Major Achievements

    Metal 3D printing system for large parts manufacturing and repair

    Metal 3D printing system can make high performance parts and perform performance improvement repair through metal additive manufacturing process that maximize the performance of mold, defense, aviation and power generation products.
    R&D Highlights List of Technologies
  • Energy Systems Research Division

    In the Energy Systems Research Division, researchers are developing the process and safety technologies for high performance and reliability of industrial energy systems and various plants in order to secure future energy. In addition, we are developing turbomachineries such as pumps, compressors, and steam & gas turbines, thereby advancing thermo-fluid components such as heat exchangers, reactors, and valves, and conducting certification tests for LNG & cryogenic systems accompanying with the development of cryogenic cooling systems.

    Department of Energy Conversion Systems

    Research Topics
    • Cryocoolers, cryogenic cooling systems, and liquefaction systems
    • High efficiency fluid machinery
    • Gas turbine performance analysis and advanced cooling
    Major Achievements

    Low Vibration and Rapid Generation Cryopumps

    Cryopumps are used to make ultra-high vacuum conditions in semiconductor equipment. KIMM reduced the vibration generated in cryopumps by 75 percent and increased their reliability by applying the newly developed two-stage pulse tube cryocooler while satisfying the rapid regeneration time of 60 minutes.

    Department of Thermal Systems

    Research Topics
    • Fundamental technologies for advanced thermal systems
    • Energy-efficient heat pump and HVAC systems
    • Heat exchangers, reactors, valves, sensors, and actuators
    • Large-scale gas production, liquefaction, and power generation cycles
    • Smart devices for energy conversion
    Major Achievements

    Highly Efficient Micro-channel Heat Exchanger

    Micro-channel heat exchangers manufactured by diffusion bonding can be applied for thermal systems operated in the extreme conditions such as cryogenic, extremely high temperature, and high pressure due to its geometrical factor of the highest level of compactness. KIMM has developed the design, manufacturing, and testing technologies for micro-channel heat exchangers and transferred the technology to the industry.

    Department of Plant Safety Technology

    Research Topics
    • Plant safety design, safety equipment, and maintenance technology
    • Safety technology for renewable energy convergence systems
    • Plant big data and ICT convergence technology
    Major Achievements

    ICT Convergent Plant Maintenance Support System

    The condition-based maintenance support system is a technology to maximize operational efficiency in thermal power plants. This is a convergence technology that combines ICT and mechanical engineering to construct a 3D technical information system for power plant equipment, a database system of failures, on-site maintenance support devices, and an integrated communications network.

    LNG and Cryogenic Technology Center

    Research Topics
    • Performance test and evaluation for LNG and cryogenic equipment such as pumps, valves, compressors, and heat exchangers
    • KOLAS certification of performance test and evaluation for the LNG and cryogenic equipment
    • Research and development on the LNG and cryogenic technology
    • Technological support for companies in the cryogenic field
    Major Achievements
    KOLAS certification of performance test and evaluation for the LNG pump
    R&D Highlights List of Technologies
  • Nano-Convergence Mechanical Systems Research Division

    The Nano-Convergence Mechanical Systems Research Division is carrying out research to develop original and/or core technologies in the field of large-area nano patterning lithography processes/systems, nano molding, nano measurement & analysis, and nature-inspired systems. Current research includes technology or equipment development for commercialization of the functional, flexible devices (several nanometers in scale), nano bio-devices, and nano energy devices covering a large area. The Division is keen to make a breakthrough in manufacturing next-generation electronic energy devices, flexible semiconductors/displays, and IT innovations that can create new industries based on solid and stable foundation for the application of nanoconvergence technology.

    Department of Nano-manufacturing Technology

    Research Topics
    • Large-surface machining technology for high-precision micro patterns
    • Nano/micro molding and packaging technologies
    • Large-area nanoimprint process and equipment
    Major Achievements

    Roll-type Stamp-based Nano-imprint Lithography System

    Nano-imprint lithography systems and processing technology use roll-type transparent master rolls. The transparent master roll units are installed with internal UV ray sources to enable a roll-to-plate or roll-to-roll nanoimprinting process over a large surface area of a flexible film. This technology can be applied to flexible optical and electric devices such as displays and solar cells.

    Department of Applied Nano-mechanics

    Research Topics
    • Measurement/Analysis/Design/Evaluation technology of nano-structures
    • Transfer technology of nano-structures for realization of metamaterials and stretchable devices
    • Materials and device application technology based on nanostructures
    Major Achievements

    Development of Infrastructure for Flexible Devices with High-performance Using Nanomaterials

    Various nanomaterials including graphene, nanowire, and nanotubes are transferred on flexible substrates and are integrated into flexible devices with high performance such as high-efficiency solar cells, micro-LED displays, and flexible silicon memory. Transfer technology for inorganic LEDs, single-crystalline silicon memory, and III-V solar cells, laser lift-off and transfer technology for inorganic LEDs, and synthesis technology for graphene, Characterization technology of electro-mechanical properties of flexible and stretchable devices.

    Department of Nature-inspired Nano Convergence Systems

    Research Topics
    • Characterization of nano-structures in nature
    • Fabrication of nano-structure based functional surfaces
    • Nanotechnology-based artificial materials and sensing systems
    • Manufacturing & equipment for nanomaterial-based tissue-engineering
    Major Achievements

    Nature-Inspired hybrid structure design and flexible tactile device technology

    Flexible tactile device based on nanocomposite materials is capable of measuring normal pressure and shear force. The system is inspired by the specific characteristics of tactile sensing function and structures in nature. This technology will be advanced into a skin-type 3D sensor structure technology capable of sensing the various tactile surfaces.
    R&D Highlights List of Technologies
  • Environment System Research Division

    The Environment System Research Division is working on state-of-the-art technologies of environmental machineries and systems with high efficiency and low pollution in order to actively cope with social issues such as fine particle air pollution and global warming. Our division has the core environmental technologies in plasma, air/water treatment, engines, combustors, and so on, and we are developing highly-efficient and environmentally-friendly power generation systems for the future based on these technologies.

    Department of Environmental Machinery

    Research Topics
    • Gas cleaning systems using electrostatic technologies for industries and indoor air quality
    • Particulate precursor reduction technology
    • Gas clearing system in coal and renewable energy power plants
    • Advanced technology for purification and waste water treatment
    • Membrane-based desalination
    Major Achievements

    Commercialization of an Electrostatic Gas Cleaning System for IT Manufacturing Industries

    This air pollution control technology is aimed at solving environmental issues such as emission regulations and civil complaints related to harmful gases and ultrafine particles from IT manufacturing industries. This technology perfectly removes soluble gases, ultrafine particles, and mists simultaneously in the IT manufacturing process by using advanced electrostatic methods.

    Department of Clean Fuel & Power Generation

    Research Topics
    • Biocrude-oil Production by Fast Pyrolysis of Biomass
    • Clean Gas Turbine Combustor for Power Plants
    • Fuel Cell Hybrid System and BOP Technology
    • Low-Carbon Agricultural Energy System
    Major Achievements

    Low-NOx Combustor for Large Gas Turbine Power Plants

    We have successfully developed our own low-NOx combustors for large gas turbine power plants. NOx emission, which also can be a source of fine dust, was reduced by improving fuel mixing and combustion instabilities were suppressed by the fine tuning of the swirl flow fields. Our combustors were installed and operated on an active power plant, the first such case in Korea. More than 30% NOx reduction has been reported after 3 years of operation.

    Department of Engine Research

    Research Topics
    • Novel-concept and new-fuel power systems
    • Combustion control technology for high efficiency engines
    • After-treatment of engine exhaust gas and particulate
    • Fuel supply systems for low-carbon fuels
    • Thermal energy management of heat-powered machines
    Major Achievements

    Hydrogen-enriched Compressed Natural Gas (HCNG) Engine

    Development of both ultra-lean burn and stoichiometric HCNG engine satisfying the EURO-6 emission standard and reducing more than 15% of CO2 emission without expensive de-NOx devices.

    Department of Plasma Engineering

    Research Topics
    • Energy and environment technologies using plasmas
    • Large-area and high-speed plasma surface treatment technologies
    • Plasma process and equipment for next-generation renewable energy devices
    Major Achievements

    Low-pressure Plasma Technology for Eco-friendly Semiconductor Processing

    This is an innovative technology that reduces pollutants emission from the semiconductor processing by applying a plasma reactor before a vacuum pump. This technology enables ecofriendly processing, preventing safety-related accidents and extending the lifespan of vacuum pumps in the processing lines. The technology has been commercialized by a medium-sized vacuum company, LOT Vacuum Co. Ltd., and over 300 units are currently running in the semiconductor manufacturing lines at Samsung Electronics.
    R&D Highlights List of Technologies
  • Mechanical Systems Safety Research Division

    The research division for Mechanical Systems Safety concentrates on the development of core technologies for the design and engineering of large and complex mechanical systems, integrated systems technology, and new mechanical systems, using safety and reliability technologies. Its main research areas include urban or high-speed magnetically-levitated trains, wind turbine systems, dynamic modeling and simulation (M&S), and control technologies, as well as safety and reliability technologies for mechanical and structural systems.

    Department of System Dynamics

    Research Topics
    • Modeling and simulation for acoustics, vibration, and shock analysis
    • Rotor dynamics and tribology
    • Vibration energy harvesting technology
    • Condition monitoring, diagnosis, and prognosis for mechanical systems
    • Analysis, control, and evaluation on the dynamics of complex machinery systems
    Major Achievements

    Artificial Intelligence(AI)-based Predictive Diagnosis and Damage Management Technology

    Development of intelligent technology to perform predictive diagnosis and damage management based on artificial intelligence in order to enhance safety and reduce the maintenance cost of major plant facilities (pumps, electric motors, generators, piping systems, etc.)

    Department of Smart Industrial Machine Technologies

    Research Topics
    • Working Area Sensing & Cognition, Autonomous Driving Technology
    • Autonomous Working & Safety Control Technology for Construction/Agriculture Machine
    • Advanced Structure Analysis & Safety Test/Evaluation Technology
    • Mechanical System Design Based on Virtual Reality
    • High-speed & Lightweight Drivetrain Technology
    Major Achievements

    High speed lightweight gearbox technology for aviation

    This is a design, analysis, and testing technology for lightweight gearboxes for aircraft. This technology can be applied to design and analyze the power transmission layout, the elements such as gears and bearings, the hydraulic equipment for cooling and lubrication, and the performance and durability test, considering the high-speed operating condition of the gearbox. This technology can be extended to other high speed applications such as electric cars.

    Department of AI Machinery

    Research Topics
    • AI-based mechanical system
    • Control technology for unstructured task and cooperation
    • Applications of electromagnetic technology
    • Magnetic levitation and linear drive
    Major Achievements

    Commercialization of Magnetically-levitated Trains for Urban Transportation

    As an alternative to wheel-on-rail trains, wheel-less magnetic trains run with electromagnets and linear motors that support levitation and propulsion, resulting in ecofriendly transportation with low noise levels and vibrations. With the opening of the Incheon International Airport Maglev Line on February 3, 2016, Korea became the second country to commercially operate an urban maglev train system. The technology will play a significant role in solving traffic congestion of urban areas worldwide in an environmentally-friendly way.
    R&D Highlights List of Technologies

    Department of Reliability Assessment

    Research Topics
    • Development and technical support of reliability assessment system
    • Accelerated life test design, failure analysis and prognostics, reliability analysis and prediction of mechanical systems
    • General performance, environmental safety and life test
    • Engineering for the reliability improvement in overall product life cycle of up to date industry field(drone, robot, renewable energy parts)
    Major Achievements

    Reliability improvement of domestic mechanical parts

    Contribution to strengthening global competitiveness of Korea’s mechanical industries by supporting reliability improvement in overall product life cycle of mechanical parts such as hydraulic breakers, scroll compressors, and boiler components.
  • Daegu Research Center for Medical Devices and Green Energy

    The Daegu Convergence Technology Research Center was established in order to participate in the government’s policy that fosters specialized local industries and leads industries towards making a regional hub for their growth. The center is carrying out research to develop medical devices and medical assistant robots, especially for the disabled and senior citizens. The center also provides technical assistance to corporations in Daegu Metropolitan City and Gyeongbuk Province, thereby fostering the development of small and medium enterprises.

    Department of Medical Device

    Research Topics
    • Automated system technology for POC (Point-of-Care) diagnostics
    • Fully integrated cartridge system and micro-fluid control technology for molecular diagnostics
    • Design and fabrication technology for biochip and biosensor system
    • Tele-medical imaging and diagnostic system
    Major Achievements

    Fully Automated Molecular Diagnostic Device

    A cartridge-based platform was developed to perform fully automated sample preparation, amplification, and analysis of nucleic acids. This system provides rapid and reproducible molecular diagnosis for POC (Point-of-Care) diseases.

    Department of Medical Assistant Robot

    Research Topics
    • Mechanism and drive module for rehabilitation and surgical robots
    • Human-machine interface technology
    • Mobility enhancement technologies for senior or disabled citizens
    • Rehabilitation and sports equipment using bio-signals
    Major Achievements

    Robotic Ankle-Foot Prostheses for Lower Limb Amputees

    A world-class ankle-foot prosthesis that mimics human motion (1.4 kg, 150N m, 30°) was developed. The ankle motion was implemented by an integrated drive module with lightweight, high power, and variable stiffness. By applying a walking model, the ankle-foot prosthesis can provide a natural walking under changes in walking speed and walking surfaces.
    List of Technologies
  • Busan Machinery Research Center

    The Center has been developed as a machinery headquarter by building an infrastructure at innovation system and devepoling spreading advanced technologies. Machinery, automobiles, shipbuilding, and atomic related technologies are well-developed in the southeastern region of Korea. The center is founded to research and develop brand new advanced technologies for associated industries. The center has been providing a close support for sectors to industrialize and verify laser process technology, automotive parts technology, and nuclear equipment safety technology. Moreover, as a public research institute, the center has been contributed to the local communities by supporting local students to study and find a job related to science and engineering fields.

    Laser Industrial Technology Research Group

    Research Topics
    • High power laser processing and system technology
    • Laser processing industrial application
    • Commercialization technology using high energy beam

    Automotive Parts Industrial Research Group

    Research Topics
    • Automotive parts test evaluation and performance improvement technology
    • Development of core parts for automotive powertrain technology
    • Technical support and quality certification for automotive parts
    • Research capacity strengthening for automotive part industry

    Nuclear Equipment Qualification & Safety Research Group

    Research Topics
    • Nuclear equipment design, qualification, safety evaluation technologies
    • Nuclear decommissioning related technologies

    List of Technologies