ISOWA NEWS LETTER
2018/12 Vol. 116
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1├ Interviews about department assignments of new employees
2├ ISOWA’s Historical Heritage
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hello, everyone. This is Matsumura from Export Department
I went out on a business trip abroad at the end of October.
After arriving at the airport, I got on a train to head to my final destination.
It was on the train that I realized that I had lost my mobile phone.
Judging from my current situation, I guessed that it was stolen from me
right before I boarded the train from the platform.
Losing my mobile phone which contained important information
was a shock to me, and I ended my business trip among days
that were full of anxiety and reflection.
I felt that I should have been more careful,
and next time I will use a neck strap so I can keep my mobile phone
on me at all times.
To all of you who are reading this, please be careful.
And now, let’s turn to Vol. 116 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Interviews about department assignments of new employees
This is Kurata, a sale representative of the Customer service
Half a year has already passed since the start of this new fiscal year.
This year is my second year since joining the company.
At this exact time last year, I accompanied a staff member of
Engineering G and engaged in machinery installation work.
I clearly remember frantically keeping up with the atmosphere
of the work site while experiencing the summer heat inside of the factory.
Assignments to departments for this year have been decided,
and the thoughts and ambitions of 10 new staff members
who have taken their new first steps are introduced in this issue.
[Y. H] < Adjustment and Installation Department >
In my training thus far, my aim has been to understand the job content
and role of each department, but I am now working hard to
understand things, by asking questions until I understand and
by continuously asking myself “why”, so that I will be able
to explain what I have learned from senior staff to our customers.
Therefore, in the future, I would like to become able to explain things
in a way that will be easy for junior staff to understand.
At first, I would like to ask many questions as I discover things
that I do not know.
Confident that I am the one who knows the most about this machinery,
I will work hard toward my goal of being one of the ISOWA people
who can answer the questions of our customers.
[H. MZ] < Adjustment and Installation Department >
Every day, I have been frantically keeping up with the senior staff.
Approaching training with the attitude that I would be content with
being assigned to any department, I had intended to understand
the work of each department. However, after being involved in actual
work, I felt that I should not underestimate work training.
I recognize that there are so many things to memorize, and I am
working hard to learn what I do not know. Going forward,
I would like to increase the work that is entrusted to me as much
as possible, and become able to confidently tackle my work.
In order for me to achieve this goal, I feel that I need to grasp
my own level and solve problems one at a time.
A theme for me going forward will be to continue to always have
the aspiration to improve my work.
[A. T] < Export Department>
I have learned how to proceed with my work from the senior
staff and made a manual, and by actually performing the tasks
from watching and following the examples of the senior staff,
it would be the time to finish my work in an instant.
During training, I was keenly aware of my lack of basic knowledge
of machinery. For example, when I translated notes for a change
in specifications to English, I first had to have each piece of
machinery terminology that I didn’t understand carefully explained
to me. Even when I attended a meeting about the specifications
with the Engineering Department, I couldn’t even read the specifications.
So, thanks to the assistance of the senior members and my colleagues,
I started to learn the terminology bit by bit.
First, I would like to steadily memorize each item one by one,
to become able to tackle my work confidently.
[M. K] < Design Engineering Department >
Currently, my duties are observing die cutters, understanding
structures, and helping with the development of test machines.
My knowledge of machinery and electronics are both insufficient,
thus I am not even used to how I should proceed with my work,
so my goal is to first grow accustomed to my current environment
and job and to then become able to think and act on my own.
Together with my superior and the senior members, I have set the
lofty goal of becoming proficient in both mechanicals and electricals,
and I would like to work hard toward achieving that goal.
Design Engineering Department does not only work in machine design,
but also sometimes goes out to perform installation work or repairs.
In the future, I too will go visit customers.
I would like to become able to understand what customers want
and what they are troubled by, and to then respond.
[K. A] <Assembly S>
My duty every day is to put forward my best efforts at the instruction
of Mr. I at the Assembly Dojo.
I have experienced a lot this month by using various tools,
going to the Komaki Factory, and the like.
Going forward, I would like to absorb many techniques from my
superior and the senior staff, increase my capabilities
as much as possible, and become able to work at customer sites.
First, I will work to get my slinging license.
[H. MN] <Design S>
The three things I am currently focused on achieving are:
learning about the machinery of ISOWA, increasing my skills
in design and drafting, and memorizing the fundamentals of
the corrugated paper industry.
Specifically, my training for becoming able to imagine a machine
by looking at an engineering drawing is to color-code each part
of the assembly diagram and look at the actual machine while
checking the color-coded drawing, and to practice CAD operations,
I do design, construction, and the like of plates and brackets for
mounting measuring equipment.
I have decided that the first three years for me will be the period
during which I lay my foundation.
At this point, I would like to create a solid foundation and continue
to grow daily by taking on many challenges, experiencing failures,
and reflecting back on what I have done, in order to be able to
develop good machines.
[S. TK] <Purchasing Department>
Currently, my duties are mainly focused on shipment processing
and billing. There are various types of parts which comprise
the machines of ISOWA, and the delivery dates and inventory
status of each of them are different. In order for those who work
at sites to be able to smoothly proceed with their work,
I determine how to set delivery dates and the kind of information
that should be picked up and passed along. However, there are
still some areas where I lack knowledge, such as regarding the parts
and the flow of duties of workers at the sites, so I still cannot perform
my work by myself.
My goal is for the company to feel at ease with entrusting this work
Therefore, even while I am learning the fundamentals, I would like
to search for the areas that I am proficient in and in the future,
I would like to have a job where I am one of the most important
staff to lead it.
[T. M] <Machining Department>
I am currently engaging in machining using lathes and milling
machines as my main work.
I would like to continue working hard to learn difficult machining
methods that I did not learn while in training and machining methods
that will allow me to make products according to dimensional tolerance,
and become able to perform my work quicker, even if just by
a single second, and more efficiently.
Also, I now only work with lathes and milling machines, but
I would like to become one of the almighty ISOWA people
who is permitted to work until I am at the level where I could
pass the National Trade Skills Test of another type of machine.
Now, I fail often, and I am still a beginner, but I am working hard
to quickly become a full-fledged member of the company and
provide high-quality products.
[S. TD] <Machining Department>
I have become more aware of my responsibility for each of my actions.
During transport of materials, incorrectly positioning material
in the engineering drawing
may lead to machining that is different from what is shown
in the engineering drawing during the next process,
so I have been tackling my work with a particular sense of responsibility.
Thus far, I have given top priority to safety when practicing
machine operations, but now, in addition to naturally handling
machinery safely and correctly, I have started performing my
work while also keeping efficiency on my mind.
First, I would like to carefully tackle each item one by one so that
I can accurately perform the work that is given to me.
[K. I] <Assembly Department>
Currently, I am learning various things from Mr. I,
who is a trainer of the Assembly Dojo.
My current goal is not to forget the things that Mr. I has taught
me and to make them my strength. After assignment, Mr. I
immediately told me that “For now, during the year, we will
practice various things, with the methods of tools and electric tools
at the dojo, but you will probably forget them.” Therefore, I must
always keep those things in mind.
I was taught many things, but I felt that it was difficult for me to
think about them and then master them through experience.
However, in order to quickly become a full-fledged member of
the company, I would like to continue absorbing as many things as possible.
How about that?
During training at ISOWA, trainees first visit each department to
learn about the connections between them and the work performed
at them, and then the trainees are assigned to a department in July.
Currently, the new employees who have undergone training are
tackling their work daily while specifically thinking about how to
reflect their own ideas into their work.
Such growth is the result of ISOWA people conducting training
while respecting the ideas of these new employees.
By all means, look forward to these new ISOWA people who will
fulfill new roles in the foundation cultivated by ISOWA thus far.
ISOWA’s Historical Heritage
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
The machine being installed inside ISOWA’s main shop.
It’s one of our greatest machines of all time from ‘60s.
▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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