Wednesday, October 11, 2006


TRIZ in Belgium concludes

Kortrijk Wednesday part 2

The second session opened with an excellent case presentation by Joon-mo Seo and colleagues at LSCable. TRIZ was used to develop an improved paste-type adhesive printing method for attaching chips to boards. Seo also included the teaching/facilitation technique that is used at LSCable to help new TRIZ users decide which objects and which functions to select for improvement. TRIZ/Six Sigma (or even TRIZ/SPC) practioners will appreciate that the paste problems were causing 30-50% of the problem, and using the DOE, the team was able to select the TRIZ concept that reduced the problem to 10% of the initial value—real cases aren’t textbook cases! TRIZ teachers will appreciate the hybridization of Su-field modeling with subject-action-object modeling – which every works best for the specific situation.

The session concluded with Bohuslav Bosuv’s radical new concept for an engine and a propeller that cools where others heat, and expands where others compress. The concept is complex, and an 18MB file was offered to all the participants. From a teaching point of view he gave an excellent example of the general nature of the physical contradiction resolution. International, Chinese, and Czech patents have been granted. The conclusion of the paper was disappointing—he showed that the concept was developed without TRIZ, although TRIZ is now being used to make improvements and refinements in the concept, and may also be used for investigating financing options.

Business meeting:

Gaetano Cascini opened the meeting with thanks and gifts for all the organizers (and humorous photos of Simon!)
The next meeting will be in Frankfurt, in partnership with the TRIZ Centrum. Nov. 6-8, 2007, academic partner Technische Universität München, Prof. Udo Lindemann. Chair Peter Schweitzer
Call for papers Dec. 15
Abstracts Feb. 15
Acceptance April 15
Full paper July 27

ETRIA plans to improve the web site, and there was some discussion of dynamic communications—wiki, listserve. Gaetano is planning to do a member survey re need for services from the association.

Bylaws: May be time for some changes. Global coordinating committee structure has not been effective. Executive board being composed of founders plus elected members may not be the right structure. Simon and Joost being added to the board this year.

The massive list of educational organizations involved in TRIZ has reached a publication point, and the goal is to make it so that it can be updated dynamically by additional resources.

TRIZ Body of Knowledge study—not much happened this year, but the effort will be revived. The goal is to define a starting point, and to define classical vs. enhanced/modified TRIZ. Goal: preliminary output end of this year.

Next steps: how to reach out to industry and academia, how to carry the TRIZ message to people who will not come to meetings. We should all agree that this is a useful thing to do, but the format and publicity mechanism are not yet decided. Possible formats were discussed.
Larry Smith and Victor Fey will each do a case study on ASQ webinar Oct. 31. Might be a good model.

Nikolai Khomenko suggested roundtables for discussions of theoretical and practical interest
Ellen (and others) Marketing TRIZ to people who have never heard of it is a very good ETRIA goal AND exploration and resolution of issues is a very good goal. BUT they are different. Don’t try to do both at once.

Toru Nakagawa pointed out the difficulty planning when the abstracts were never published and the program was published only a few weeks ahead (and the program changed by 6 hours – I could have saved a night in the hotel and a 6 am train ride, had I known!)

Ideas for EU Commission funding were discussed.

The meeting concluded with lots of hugging.

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