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Awards

2019 Japan Foundry Engineering Society Castings of the Year Award

Awarded
Lightweight, high-rigidity aluminum wheels
These cast aluminum wheels for a sport Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW)* model feature both light weight and high rigidity achieved through finite element analysis (FEA), which enables more realistic modeling, mid-cast solidification analysis to increase strength and resistance to pressure, and other engineering processes.
*Yamaha Motor’s designation for vehicles with three or more wheels that can lean through turns like a motorcycle.
Recipient(s)
Kentaro Suenaga
Power Train Engineering Division, Production Engineering Section, Manufacturing and Production Engineering Center

2019 The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Prizes for Science and Technology (Development Category)

Awarded
Development of Control Systems for Industrial-use Unmanned Helicopters
Recipient(s)
Katsu Nakamura
Unmanned System Section, Robotics Business Unit, Solution Business Operations

2019 JSME Tokai Branch Technology Award

Awarded
Study on self-standing motorcycle control mechanism (AMCES)
AMCES is a high-precision balance control mechanism governed via artificial intelligence and autonomous technology. Equipped on the MOTOROiD concept model, this allows the machine to sense its own state and adjust its center of gravity accordingly to stand up off its kickstand and remain upright unassisted.
Recipient(s)
Mitsuo Tsuchiya
Digital Engineering Division, Digital Development Section, Mobility Technology Center
Eiichiro Tsujii
Planning Division, New Venture Business Development Section, Advanced Technology Center
Takashi Terayama
Engineering Division 2, Automotive Business Unit
Takashi Tsurumi
Fundamental Technology Research Division, Research & Development Section, Advanced Technology Center

2018 SLAS New Product Award

Awarded
CELL HANDLER™
The cell picking & imaging system CELL HANDLER™ applies Yamaha’s surface mount technology originally developed for mounting electronic parts on printed circuit boards. CELL HANDLER™ rapidly and accurately transfers target cells to microplates for culturing or evaluations and analyzes images captured during drug discovery and development, efficacy tests for anti-cancer agents, etc.

2017 Interbike Product Innovation Awards

Awarded
PW-X
This electric power-assist system designed for mountain bikes consists of easy-to-use ergonomic switches, an LCD display and a drive unit with lower weight and greater levels of compactness over its predecessor.

2017 Sokeizai Industry Technology Award

Awarded
Development of a new manufacturing method for aluminum motorcycle fuel tanks
Recipient(s)
Yoshihiro Kimura, Noboru Mitsui, Masatoshi Miyamoto, Gou Nagura, Kazuya Iida, Kyosuke Nomura
Manufacture Technology Division, Component Section, Engine Unit

2017 Japan Boat of the Year: Special Award

Awarded
Helm Master
This control system for outboard-mounted boats provides electronic control of all the steering, gear shifting and throttle functions, etc., to allow intuitive control of the boat via a single joystick for maneuvering through narrow waterways, when docking or setting off and the like.
Recipient(s)
Isao Kanno
Research & Development Section, Marine Engine Business Unit

2016 nano tech Initiative Award

Awarded
The Development of the Ceramics Nano-Film Coating Having Both High Corrosion Resistance and Excellent Heat Resistance
Recipient(s)
Naohisa Takahashi
Materials Division, Component Section, Engine Unit

2010 Sokeizai Industry Technology Award

Awarded
Development of magnesium die-casting technology for large, thin-walled vehicle chassis parts
Recipient(s)
Toshikatsu Koike, Junichi Inami, Atsushi Suzuki, Kenji Tsukamoto, Takaharu Suzuki
Material Division, Research & Development Operations

2006 JIM Technical Development Award

Awarded
Development of New Advanced Stainless Steel “NSSC21M” for Catalysis Substrate of Motorcycle Muffler
Recipient(s)
Naohisa Takahashi, et al.
Materials Division, Component Section, Engine Unit

2005 JDCA Urakami Award

Awarded
Development of an All-Aluminum Cylinder Using a Hypereutectic Al-Si Alloy
Recipient(s)
Hirotaka Kurita, Hiroshi Yamagata
Advanced Technology Research, Research & Development Operations

2005 JSPMI Chairman's Prize

Awarded
Development of the Performance Damper
Recipient(s)
Seiji Sawai, Kouji Sakai, Katsuhiro Kondou, Masahiro Satou
Automotive Business Unit

2005 JSTP Tokai Branch Technology Award

Awarded
Development of Fracture Splitting Method for Case Hardened Connecting Rods
Recipient(s)
Tsuyoshi Kubota, Shinya Iwasaki, Tsuneo Isobe, Toshikatsu Koike
Materials Division, Component Section, Engine Unit

2003 SFJ Technology Award

Awarded
Hard Anodic Oxide Coating on the Piston-Ring Groove of a Cu-Rich Aluminum Piston with Mixed Acid Electrolytes
Recipient(s)
Hirotaka Kurita, Hiroshi Yamagata, Toshikatsu Koike, et al.
Advanced Technology Research, Research & Development Operations

2000 Boating Week Innovation Award

Awarded
F225
The F225 featured an internal layout which reversed the configuration of the air intake and exhaust systems to create an “in-bank exhaust system,” a first for an outboard motor. Compared to other models with similar horsepower, the 4-stroke F225 was significantly lighter and more compact.

2000 MotorBoating and Sailing Award

Awarded
High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI)
Compared to conventional direct-injection systems of the time that used pressures of around 20 bar (290 psi), this fuel injection system for outboard motors made it possible to inject fuel at much higher pressures of 50 bar (725 psi). By reducing the injection spray into finer particles, it improved combustion efficiency, thus lowering fuel consumption and producing cleaner emissions.

2000 Popular Mechanics Design and Engineering Award

Awarded
High Pressure Direct Injection (HPDI)
Compared to conventional direct-injection systems of the time that used pressures of around 20 bar (290 psi), this fuel injection system for outboard motors made it possible to inject fuel at much higher pressures of 50 bar (725 psi). By reducing the injection spray into finer particles, it improved combustion efficiency, thus lowering fuel consumption and producing cleaner emissions.

1999 MotorBoating and Sailing Award

Awarded
F100
This 1,596cc inline 4-cylinder 100 hp 4-stroke outboard motor featured the world’s first 16-valve DOHC engine.

1998 JSPM Award for Innovative Development

Awarded
Development of SiC-Composite-PM Aluminum Alloy Piston
Recipient(s)
Toshikatsu Koike, Hiroshi Yamagata
Fundamental Technology Research, Technology Center

1997 JSTP Technological Development Award

Awarded
A Newly Developed Forging Technique for High-Performance Pistons
Recipient(s)
Toshikatsu Koike, Hiroshi Yamagata
Fundamental Technology Research, Technology Center

1994 JSPMI Chairman's Prize

Awarded
Development of Electrically Power-Assisted Bicycles

1992 Popular Mechanics Design and Engineering Award

Awarded
Hydra Drive Propulsion System
Thanks to the use of a hydraulic clutch and other features, this propulsion unit for stern drives provided incredibly smooth gearshifts, something considered groundbreaking at the time.

1991 Energy Conservation Prize: Outstanding Product Award

Awarded
Multi-purpose 3 hp 3-room Yamaha gas-powered air conditioning system
This cost-effective Gas Heat Pump (GHP) air conditioner system used engine exhaust heat to enhance heat exchange efficiency, and was especially effective when utilized for heated flooring and the like.

1990 FISITA World Automotive Congress Outstanding Paper Award

Awarded
Traction Drive CVT for Motorcycle
Recipient(s)
Yasushi Ichihara
Motorcycle Center, Testing Group

1989 The Japan Gas Association Technology Award

Awarded
Development of a compact gas-heater pump

1988 Prizes for Creativity in the Workplace: Director General of the Science and Technology Agency Award

Awarded
Design of a compact automatic cleaning machine
Recipient(s)
Taketsugu Suzuki
Production Department 21

1987 Japan Lead Zinc Development Association Chairman’s Prize

Awarded
Practicalization of ZA-12 alloy
Recipient(s)
Yamada
1st Research Division

1987 PackOsaka Exhibition Packaging and Logistics Technology Contest Silver Medal

Awarded
New packaging system for fuel tanks
Recipient(s)
Parts Business Unit

1986 Governor of Shizuoka Prefecture Award

Awarded
Invention and design of the Yamaha Rapid Plating System
Recipient(s)
Hiroshi Tsukakoshi
R&D Division

Toshiyuki Suzuki
Purchasing Management Division

1986 The New Seven Basic Tools of Quality Association Prize for Excellence

Awarded
Study of Prioritization and Evaluation Methods for Planning and Management Work: Improving Target Management Approaches in the Manufacturing Technology Planning Department
Recipient(s)
Dai Kawasaki
Production Department 31

1985 Tomizuka Prize

Awarded
R&D and practicalization of an exhaust timing control system for high-performance 2-stroke engines (Yamaha Power Valve System)
Recipient(s)
Masayasu Mizoguchi
Motor Sports Development Operations

1984 Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Medal

Awarded
LDV Measurements of Pipe Flows in a Small-Two-Cycle Spark-Ignition Engine
Recipient(s)
Noritaka Matsuo
Research Division

Yoshio Hirano, et al.
Power Products Business Unit

1964 Auto & Motor Sport Magazine Annual Trophy

Awarded
YG-1
This motorcycle’s 2-stroke 75cc 6.5 hp single-cylinder engine featured a cutting-edge rotary disc valve intake and was mounted in a lightweight and compact 70 kg chassis, resulting in outstanding performance and reliability.
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