R&D and innovation growth

R&D

R&D, innovation and growth

Product Development Management

YOKE implements a top-down R&D strategy, with the product strategy development committee chaired by the general manager on a monthly basis to conduct substantive reviews in four major aspects. In the past five years, the Company has invested 2.29% of its turnover on average in R&D. In addition, the general manager would also approve a proposition for R&D project during the biweekly review meetings before they are implemented. Each month, the chairman and general manager would be invited to attend the new product transfer meeting.

Direction of Product R&D review

・New product development/certification/patent layout review
・Formulate strategies for intelligent development of new products
・Monitor and review the effectiveness of new product development implementation
・Review development budget





Industry-academia collaboration project

The R&D center has been involved in a number of developments, including SRL mechanism, patent deployment, material development, plastic molding, flash butt welding, YP structural analysis and so forth to promote deployment in three major areas: key core technologies, organization and resources. At the same time, through close collaboration with the academia in conjunction with our promotion of the Inhouse Talent Plan, we were able to achieve a win-win-win model of cooperation for YOKE, academic research institutions and students through resource sharing to create maximum value for safety.

YOKE has been working closely with academic and research institutions to strengthen our core technologies through industry-academia cooperation. In 2020, we collaborated with National Taiwan University, National Cheng Kung University, Feng Chia University and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, with a total of eight ongoing industry-academia collaborations. We have also engaged expert consultants in related fields to conduct technical collaborative R&D for YOKE R&D Center, which is oriented to commercial production/market demand while dedicated to improving the technical capabilities of the entire industrial chain.

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Fruits of industry-academia collaboration

YOKE has been organizing technical knowledge workshop with instructors and students from participating universities on a monthly basis. Through brainstorming by all participants, we were able to develop an innovative and exclusive programmable design and assessment tool, which we kept working on and upgraded into analytic graphic interface V3.0 for our self-retracting lifeline structural design. The development in the program graphic interface enabled us to achieve a 100% application rate for self-retracting lifeline design, with analysis accuracy reaching 94% to dramatically reduce our R&D lead time and development error rate.

In addition, we have also developed new structural patent analytic technologies and established systemized patent layout along with a graphic inquiry interface to the patent data library to enable developers to perform their analysis in a systemic manner. In 2020, we continued to improve the system’s functionalities in order to make patent search more powerful and convenient.

Since the launch of our intelligent product development project, we were able to develop metal-based RFID embedding technology. As of the end of 2020, we have embedded a total of 664 products for lifting yellow point series, Grade 80 lifting chain fitting and Grade 100 lifting chain fitting. At the same time, through the mechanism of RFID embedding and management equipment, we enabled customers to take advantage of intelligent manufacturing and digital operation management. We have also developed RFID card reader technology with applications to accommodate potential uses at production sites and office settings.

YOKE has cooperated with NCKU’s department of Mechanical Engineering in the analysis of flash butt welding material and observation of microstructures. Through failure mode analysis for the process, we studied the microstructures to analyze the structural analysis of the elements and surface so that we could examine each process parameter individually. The data enabled us to establish a failure mode for flash butt welding, which will serve as the basis for our adjustment of relevant parameters for the process. In addition, we have also carried out inductive coupling simulation analysis and utilized numerical simulation analysis to deduce the overall temperature distribution and history for the materials so that we could establish the correlation between temperature curves, microstructure and relevant process parameters and build a database for manufacturing process parameters.

YOKE has been working with FCU’s Textile and Material Industry Research Center to jointly discuss and analyze the development and assessment of safety webbings. We have developed flame-retardant webbing that will ensure SRL safety for personnel involved in welding operations with exposure to sparks during the process. On top of that, we also developed cut-resistant webbing that prevents the SRL webbing from being severed during steel beam slippage during a fall.

YOKE 2020 PLM Project

In conjunction with our future operational objectives to create an inter-system management platform for corporate innovation, the Company initiated the “YOKE 2020 PLM” project as a component of our improvement for the R&D process. It is a four-stage process with 3 specific goals: The 1st goal is to integrate all detailed information of design, optimize existing processes so that we can boost our overall R&D efficacy; the 2nd goal is to connect and retain all relevant product information between all departments during the process of product development in order to maximize the effectiveness and benefit of R&D resources. The 3rd and final goal of the project is to incorporate all information from all nodes of production by integrating all personnel, data and systems as we pave the way for Industry 4.0.

In 2020, we reached the second phase for our YOKE 2020 PLM project, which involved the incorporation of structuralized Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) into our PLM system and its connection to our ERP system for data integration. In addition, through the upgrade of our SAP ERP, we were able to take the material structure (BOM) and process information generated through the PLM system to be transferred to SAP ERP to improve process efficiency and reduce error.

Furthermore, we kept working on the developmental process for the optimization of our PLM system to increase the 18 electronic forms for APQP processes to 30, thereby effectively achieving knowledge management and process standardization while reducing the use of common folders for data sharing, which could lead to compatibility issues due to version inconsistencies.

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