ISOWA NEWS LETTER
2017/6 Vol. 98
The ISOWA NEWS LETTER is a newsletter for the benefit
of special customers only.
Each month we bring you information about our company
and its products – information you won’t find on our home page
or in our catalogs.
We hope the ISOWA NEWS LETTER will help you feel closer to us.
1├ Ever-evolving New Value for IBIS “Bad Luck Out, Good Luck In!”
2├ Shooting for the World No. 1 Spot – ISOWA VISION STORY BOOK –
3├ A Look Back at New Year Holiday Installations from President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hi, I am Ryota Kitada of ISOWA AMERICA.
At the end of last year, I read news on the Web that
the Casino bill (Integrated Resort promotion bill) was passed in Japan,
and the other day I had a chance to visit Las Vegas, the home of casinos.
It was my first time in Las Vegas and I got to see the row of
luxurious and gorgeous hotels, including the Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas
that is run by the current US President, Donald Trump.
Of course, I had to stay in a budget hotel but from the window I could see
the beautiful illuminated night view and the Ferris wheel at a hotel opposite.
There are a lot of free shows and other entertainment you can see
in Las Vegas but I didn’t get the chance this time.
Next time, I’ll be better organized and prepare some cash together
before I hit Las Vegas again in the conviction I’m about to hit the jackpot!
And now, let’s turn to Vol. 98 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Ever-evolving New Value for IBIS “Bad Luck Out, Good Luck In!”
Hello, everyone. I am Junji Suzuki of the Nagoya Domestic Sales Office.
I’d like to describe in more detail our “Edge Opener”
which we introduced at the Open House at ISOWA in December
last year and at a technical seminar on 28 January this year.
The Setsubun Festival is held on 3 February every year to
ward off evil spirits. People scatter dry beans and call out
“Oni wa soto, Fuku wa uchi” (Bad Luck Out, Good Luck In!).
I’ll clarify the analogy between the Edge Opener and “Oni wa soto,
Fuku wa uchi” below.
Firstly, the Edge Opener is a proprietary ISOWA mechanism
that significantly reduces fishtailing in deep boxes.
We have already outlined the Edge Opener in a variety of formats
but, for the sake of anyone who is not familiar with it, I’d like to give you a better
understanding of what type of mechanism it is and how effective it is.
This is the first time I’ve set myself the challenge of explaining
the Edge Opener in words alone. I hope you’ll stick with me to the end.
First of all, the “edge” is one of the parts that makes up the lower folding bar
of a flexo folder gluer machine. When manufacturing RSC cases, folds are made
from the second and fourth ruled lines from the glue margin in sides 1 and 4 of the panel.
The plated sheet that acts as the guide plate inside the case is the ” edge.”
This edge opens from the interior to exterior, hence the name “Edge Opener.”
In conventional folder-gluer machines, the edge was securely fixed
to the lower folding bar. Even the ISOWA flagship IBIS machines are like this and,
up to now, no Edge Opener has been installed in IBIS machines.
The Edge Opener was created together with a certain customer
who had installed an IBIS machine. This customer has a long-term, extremely
close relationship with us at ISOWA.
However, from the time the IBIS machine was delivered, the customer has been
consulting us about reducing fishtailing in deep boxes, which are one of the
major products of this customer.
In all FFG machines to date, including IBIS, fishtailing has been reduced by
increasing the folding belt speed while pressing with rollers from the outside
to restrict spreading of the case near the lower flaps.
Naturally, we tried this with the aforementioned customer first.
But, unfortunately, the result was that some rollers pressed too hard and left
indentations in the cases, so that only a certain amount of improvement could be
achieved. The operator had to glue the products manually to correct them before
dispatch. This goes totally against everything that ISOWA’s development concept “Human-Friendly and KIKAI*-Friendly” stands for.
The engineer handling the IBIS adjustments visited the customer on
almost a daily basis to resolve the situation. Through his attempted modifications,
he devised the following measures.
One day, the engineer had the insight that the cases could be corrected from
the inside instead of the outside, as suggested by the Setsubun chant of
“Bad Luck Out, Good Luck In!”
He proposed a mechanism that extends the case a few millimeters at the base of the
leading flap each time a case passes over the edge that is the key to shaping the inside
of the case. Installing this very mechanism achieved dramatic improvements.
For convenience, the engineer dubbed the new mechanism
“Edge Opener” and, out of respect for the engineer and the customer,
this was adopted as the device’s official name and the trademark has been registered
in Japan. The Edge Opener has been installed in all IBIS machines shipped
after we have acquired the trademark.
As well as the reduced fishtailing, cases that are correctly folded on the ruled
lines achieve more stable joint accuracy, and the mechanism has overturned the
existing idea that “large cases are highly problematic” which was prevalent throughout
the industry that ISOWA is in.
Naturally, creating the “Edge Opener” involved a lot of effort and cooperation
on the part of our customer. Thanks to the consideration of the customer in working
with ISOWA, we were able to create new progress and new value. All of us at
ISOWA are aware of this situation and are extremely grateful to that customer.
We plan to introduce the improvement effects of the “Edge Opener” to
everyone in other formats in the future. Please look out for them.
For your information, it is possible to retrofit the “Edge Opener” to
existing IBIS machines. Contact an ISOWA sales team for details.
ISOWA will continue to work with our customers to create developments that are
“Human-Friendly and KIKAI*-Friendly.”
(*KIKAI means both machine and opportunity in Japanese)
Thank you for reading.
Shooting for the World No. 1 Spot – ISOWA VISION STORY BOOK –
ISOWA forges ahead to become the company with the best corporate
culture in the world.
We have created the ISOWA VISION BOOK to introduce the success story
of ISOWA to people who do not know our company.
We will present the contents of the VISION BOOK.
A rash of machine troubles was occurring everywhere when I first started at ISOWA.
I was lucky to join ISOWA at such a challenging time (laughs).
Ibis was launched a while after I entered ISOWA. I often accompanied
my senior colleagues who were frequently called in to the customer’s factories.
What happened? Troubles frequently occurred with Ibis. Actually, I couldn’t help
wonder whether ISOWA would survive, but I was very fortunate to see my
experienced fellow workers fixing the machine in various situations.
I couldn’t have learned much if I was just doing the same routine work day
after day at an established company. Retrospectively, I can say I was privileged
to join ISOWA at that time. (Horiguchi)
“Ibis used to jam so often that I honestly felt discouraged about selling Ibis.
The more I sold, the more troublesome my duties became. But that hard
time really honed Ibis. The well-developed Ibis of today is a product
of those troublesome early times.” (Suzuki)
I could acquire valuable experience only because I visited the clients’ plants
so often. I picked up on our clients’ various off-the-cuff requests while I was
fixing the machine. So then we utilized that feedback in order to develop
improved models. The Ibis of today has hugely evolved from the original model,
with a wide variety of improvements. But still, even the latest model will
never be perfect, since the next Ibis is on the way that will surely surpass
the present one.
In ISOWA’s plant, everything changes day by day, even hour by hour.
When a completed machine is moved to a client’s site, a new assembly project
starts immediately. No two machines are same, so the staff can’t simply repeat their
routine work or get complacent.
A Look Back at New Year Holiday Installations
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hope 2017 has been treating you all well!
First of all, I apologize the update on my blog has been delayed.
▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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