Vol. 135: ISOWA Logo renewal announcement

2020/07 Vol. 135

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├ ISOWA Logo renewal announcement
2├ Retirement After Half a Century
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hello everyone,
My name is Paulo Furlan, and I have been working as a field service engineer
at Isowa America. I live in Brazil, but in the last 4 years, I have had
the opportunities to visit 15 states in the U.S. from east to west.
I also traveled to Japan and Chile.

International trips bring unique and unforgettable experiences for me.
It is rewarding to meet new cultures, people, and visit numerous locations.
Sharing experiences with people from other countries is important to get
to know new cultures, customs, and opinions on various subjects in our daily lives.

Some trips and experiences were remarkable- witnessing the snow
for the first time in Boston, visiting the legendary Harvard University,
the famous US Constitution naval museum, the beautiful Niagara Falls,
the remarkable Multnomah waterfall in Oregon, the historic Nagoya Castle in Japan,
flying over the Andes in Chile, etc.

Another important aspect is the human being’s ability to adapt to interacting
with other people and respecting their customs and culture.
International travel has brought me cultural enrichment and
several valuable lessons for my evolution as a citizen.
My wish is that this story continues to upcoming years.

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 135 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.

ISOWA Logo renewal announcement
Thanks to your continuous and warm support, we are celebrating
our 100th year anniversary in 2020.
Please check ISOWA’s short introduction movie we prepared for
making you feel more familiar to us and for celebrating this memorable event
with you from the following URL!


We are proud to announce the latest redesign of our company logo
as we celebrate the 100th anniversary.
The beginning was 100 years ago at the time of the founding of Minoda Iron Works.


At the time, the logo was a motif of a treasure ship.
It was a promising figure that brings treasures.

Ancestors of the ISOWA family were ship carpenters from Shima Peninsula
in Mie Prefecture, where the shipbuilding became prosperous due to the legend
that gods on a dugout canoe arrived at the shore.

The family name, Isowa/磯輪, is derived from “Ship=wheel/輪 of seashore/磯
or sea transport.” It might have been a destiny that the first president,
Genichi Isowa, encountered the opportunity of manufacturing
corrugator and finishing machines – his lifelong work, while the company
logo was a treasure ship at Minoda Iron Works.

After WWII, the company name was changed to ISOWA Industry in 1946.
The second generation of the company, Eichi Isowa, designed a logo,
a treasure ship with “IS mark” that resembled a dollar ($) sign on a sail.
He was under his medical treatments for tuberculosis when he designed this logo.
Later, it was developed to a logo with circled “IS mark” positioned next to “ISOWA,”
slightly taller than the current logo.

At the 70th anniversary, as the company name was changed to
ISOWA Corporation from ISOWA Industry, we redesigned the logo
to the current version. To express the robustness and stability of our machines,
the logo was slightly flattened by reducing the height, widened along the base,
and the traditional “IS mark” was removed.


At the 80th anniversary, we began our Corporate cultural revolutions.
Since the 90th anniversary, we have been working on
“Building a Strategic Narrative” project, and we are now approaching
the 100th anniversary. ISOWA logo is renewed to showcase the direction
of our future visually and clearly.


The metallic silver at the center shows our roots in the Iron industry
and our tradition and pride as a standing 100-year-old machine manufacturer
of corrugators and finishing equipment.

The blue at the bottom is what we call “ISOWA blue,” expressing
our corporate philosophy: “Creating a company with the best corporate culture
in the world that makes us and our families happy.”
The ISOWA blue gradation from the bottom shows how the ISOWA
organizational climate, which generally would be invisible from outside,
is gradually becoming visible as we are sharing the idea throughout the company.

The last color is red.
The philosophy alone may not be a new value or benefit to our customers.
But to deliver our philosophy as something tangible such as “i Machine”
or our “keeps you going, always on the go” service, it takes a great deal of energy.
This energy cannot come from external coercion. The passions and burning
desires in each “i,” ISOWA person, are the source of such energy.

The new addition of symbolic color, the red, used as an accent color
represents our ISOWA people’s souls.
The souls that declare to bring our masterpiece machines into “i-Machine,”
the services we provide to “NEXT” and “Premium,” new concept of service plan,
and to “Bring results from our corporate culture revolution
in the midst of day-to-day operations.”

At the 70th anniversary, the Japanese era was shifted to Heisei (平成), and
we changed our name to ISOWA Corporation on the wave of Corporate Identity boom.
As the era has been shifted to Reiwa (令和) and we celebrate our 100th anniversary
this year, we introduce our new corporate identity.

ISOWA is taking a new step forward to another 100 years with our brand-new logo!

ISOWA Corporation
President Hideyuki Isowa
Retirement After Half a Century
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Mr.Y who has been working for ISOWA for more than 50 years just retired.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)

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We thank you for reading through the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
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If you have an interest in a particular subject,
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Vol. 134:Global ISOWA people – ISOWA Style: Tips for Learning English 2/2

2020/06 Vol. 134

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├ Global ISOWA people
– ISOWA Style: Tips for Learning English 2/2
2├ Let your people take care of your business
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY

Hi, this is Kyoji Nagai in the Overseas Service Department.
Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, I was working from home
four days a week from mid-April until the end of May. My commuting time
has been reduced to zero, so early every morning , I used that time to run for
an hour along the Kiso River cycling road near my home. Thanks to that,
I haven’t gained any weight.

COVID-19 began gradually spreading around the world in late January
and has caused an unbelievable collapse in medical systems. Lately, some areas seem
to have peaked and are on the road to recovery, which is cause for some relief,
but we mustn’t let our guards down yet.

In Japan, a (somewhat loose) State of Emergency was declared in mid-April.
Here at ISOWA, we adopted aggressive in-house measures under the slogan
“Not a single infected person at ISOWA.” As a result, we have been able to
continue providing parts and service support without causing much inconvenience
to our customers.

Therapeutic drugs and vaccines are still in the development stages,
and the future is uncertain. It’s hard to feel safe under these conditions,
but we hope that the whole world will band together to fight COVID-19 and
bring it under control as soon as possible.


Right now, our contact with customers is limited to e-mail, phone,
and online services like Zoom. Still, everyone at ISOWA is looking forward
to seeing everyone in person again as soon as possible.

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 134 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.

Global ISOWA people
– ISOWA Style: Tips for Learning English 2/2

Hello everyone, I’m Akari Tsurumoto from the Export Department.
Continuing from the last issue, we once again feature interviews
with ISOWA people who are studying English!

Personally, I am continuing my online English conversation lessons,
while also shopping online to buy my favorite manga comic books
in their editions translated into other languages. When I read them,
I like to see my favorite works from a new perspective, and I often find
myself thinking, “Wow, so that’s how you say it!” It really helps with
maintaining my motivation.

I hope you can get some ideas for your own language study from
these interviews with ISOWA people.
[Mr. I. from Customer Support/Sales Service Department]

ISOWA has overseas customers, and I felt that English skills would be
more necessary in the future. I heard about the online lessons just
when I was thinking I wanted to study English. At first, I was using
learning materials for practical English conversation. However,
for the past month or two, I have been using a sort of newspaper column
with various topics each day as learning materials.

My biggest motivation is the feeling that I want to be able to speak English.
I feel a certain joy when I am able to use the words and phrases
from my lessons in conversation, and I can tell my knowledge is growing.
I always take notes whenever I encounter a new word or phrase during
the lesson, so I want to start working on summing it all up in my very
own personal vocabulary book!

I think the key to continuing with the lessons is to make them
part of your daily life. In my case, I always do it at a specific time
every weekday, so it’s a part of my daily schedule. When I watch foreign films,
I prefer subtitles over dubbing. Lately, I find myself noticing
when the actual lines spoken are slightly different from the subtitles,
and that’s when I feel like I have made progress.
[Ms. H. from the Administration Department]

My impetus for starting the lessons was because I felt like the English
study I did as a student never really amounted to much, and I regretted that,
so I wanted to give it another try. I usually use learning materials
like newspaper columns that talk about current affairs and fads,
as well as practical learning materials that teach specific English
for business situations. For some time after I began my lessons,
I was put in charge of import-related work.

I’m motivated by my gratitude to the company for providing this sort
of opportunity and by the support of my family, who understand my wish
to be able to freely communicate with people from overseas.

The other day, a machining tool that was made by a foreign manufacturer
stopped running at our machining plant. Since I have been studying English,
I was asked to be the go-between for the foreign manufacturer.
We went back and forth on e-mail several times, and when I finally
heard that the machining device was up and running again,
I felt glad that I had kept up with my lessons. I was also happy to think
that I was able to repay the company for supporting my studies
even in a small way.
[Mr. S. from the Export Department]

I wanted to make speaking-English a regular habit, so I began
taking the online English conversation lessons. At first, I used learning
materials for business English conversation, but I felt like just
going through the textbook wasn’t a good way to learn practical English.
Lately, I have been enjoying talking about a variety of topics through
free conversation with my teacher.

I am in charge of handling customers from the Philippines in
the Export Department. By learning about the Philippines through my lessons,
it gives me some ideas what to talk about with people from the Philippines,
which is one of my motivations. Previously, I hadn’t felt much of
a connection with the Philippines, but my biggest motivation may be
to use English and enjoy conversations with Filipinos about our
respective countries and learning about differences in our cultures.

With a textbook, you have to take time to prepare for the lesson.
However, when people are busy and not able to prepare, they tend to think,
“I didn’t prepare, so I’ll just skip the lesson today.” In that case,
I recommend starting with free conversations. If you are interested
in something, like the Philippines for me, the 25 minutes will pass quickly.

My next goal is to take a solo trip to the Philippines and learn
even more about that country.


What did you think of these interviews?

Even with different countries and languages, one thing that
connects people is communication, and in this case, that is done
through conversation.
I think that being able to speak English is not just about acquiring
a skill. It’s about understanding a person’s opinion who has a different
background from yourself and making your own thoughts understood.
I also think that it’s a good way to increase the amount of information
you take in and expand your perspective.

I hope that everyone will take this opportunity to get on board
with this trend of internationalization and begin studying English.
I’d love to hear from everyone with your questions and comments!

Let your people take care of your business
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
At the beginning of May, we have one of the biggest holidays in Japan.
Right before those holidays, our shop usually gets full of
machines to be shipped out.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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We thank you for reading through the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
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If you have an interest in a particular subject,
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Vol.133: Global ISOWA people – ISOWA Style: Tips for Learning English

2020/05 Vol. 133
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├ Global ISOWA people – ISOWA Style: Tips for Learning English
2├ Essential Business Amid Pandemic
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hello All,
My name is Patrick, and I am responsible for installing all of the US
and South American ISOWA machines.
Spring is finally here, and we can look forward to warmer weather
and outdoor activities. I love spending time in nature with my kids.
Every year we go camping. We head up north where the temperatures are very nice,
and the smell of pine trees is everywhere. We have a campfire,
go hiking, shooting, building forts, fishing, and enjoy nature together.
Arizona has very diverse environments. Phoenix in the summer is hot and dry,
but if you drive 2 hours north, you get to pine trees and cool weather.
There are parts that get rain almost every day. This is where a lot of people
in Arizona go to camp, including my family.
On occasion, we will see some of the biodiversity that Arizona has to offer.
We have seen elk, deer, bald eagles, and even a bear or two.
As my kids have gotten older, this has become a tradition that all of us
look forward to. We get to spend time in nature and together making memories
and s’mores over the campfire.

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 133 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.

Global ISOWA people – ISOWA Style: Tips for Learning English 1/2
Hello everyone, I’m Akari Tsurumoto from the Export Department.

Last year, the Rugby World Cup was held in Japan and the whole country
got really excited. Although the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed,
visitors to Japan from overseas have been on the increase in recent years.

People don’t just come to Japan for sightseeing. More and more people are
coming to work here. I feel like English has become more and more important,
both as a way to communicate with people from around the world and
in terms of its convenience in business and for travel.

With this in mind, ISOWA, with its expansion into overseas markets,
began E-Tomo Project in 2009, in which the Export Department and
English proficient members of other departments became teachers
and taught English to other ISOWA people. Since 2017, ISOWA has been
supporting the English learning of ISOWA people by offering
a daily 25-minute lesson to employees who are interested.
They study with external teachers via an online English conversation lesson service.

For this issue, I interviewed several of the people participating in this English
conversation lesson to hear about their goals, tips on studying English,
and their overall impressions of the lessons. Here is part one of a two part series
featuring those interviews.

I hope this will be helpful for you who are thinking about studying English
and yet wondering if it might be hard to continue language learning
for an extended period.

[Ms. T from Customer Support/Sales Service Department]

A few years ago, I had to take over some trading business work,
and I needed English in order to do that work. At that time,
my level of English was not enough to understand a lot of things,
and it took me a long time to complete tasks.
My feelings of frustration and irritation with myself motivated me to get better
at English, and that was the reason I started taking the online English
conversation lesson. Another of my reasons is a bit of a cliché,
but I like traveling overseas, and I wanted to enjoy my trips even more
by eliminating the language barrier.

Now thanks to a new junior employee in the Export Department who
can speak English, I no longer have to do the trading business work.
I face fewer situations where I have to use English.
Because of that, I don’t really have a clear work-related reason for the lessons,
but I keep studying English to be able to assist the junior employees at any time.

Also, I greatly admire people who can speak English, so I want to keep
doing it for my own sake. I think the best way to maintain a high rate
of participation in the lessons is to make it a part of your daily routine.
I motivate myself and work hard every day by telling myself,
“If you have time to play with your phone… If you have time to sit around…”

The other day, I saw a foreign couple at the station looking troubled,
and I was able to use English to explain which train they needed to
take to get to their destination. When I’m able to use it in real life like that,
it makes me feel like my daily efforts have really paid off. That experience
gave me the motivation to keep on studying.
【Ms. M from i Parts Group】

The two main reasons for me to take lessons were overseas travel and
the inconvenience of handling phone calls from overseas customers.
Even if I can manage the flight over, when I can’t understand English
at places like airport immigration and the front desk at the hotel, that feeling
of being left out makes me sad. When the hotel clerk is friendly it makes
me even more disappointed that I can’t talk to him or her directly.
Those feelings were a big impetus for me to start studying.

I am able to maintain my motivation while using learning materials
for daily English conversation, and imagining my future self happily speaking English,
but! I know that reality isn’t so simple. I don’t make as much progress
as I feel I should, and I sometimes find myself sighing in frustration,
but I know that if I quit now it will have all been for nothing, so I keep progressing,
little by little.

Honestly, one day I hope to be able to have witty banter in English.
Since that’s a difficult goal, right now I’m working on my current goal of
being able to ask my teacher a lot of questions. I’m always so busy
just trying to follow the lesson and I’m not able to think of anything to ask.
I’d like to get to the point where I can ask my teacher questions in the same way
I am able to show interest in the person I am talking to when I speak Japanese.

I know that I am the type to give up on new hobbies after just a few days,
so I try to study every day, and remember why I wanted to start studying English
in the first place. However, lately I have been skipping some of my lessons.
I used to make time for my lesson even if I felt unwell or had other things to do,
but I have decided that maybe it’s easier to keep it up if I don’t push myself too hard.

When I am able to communicate with my teacher, or when I’m able to catch
a phrase while watching my favorite foreign TV show, I feel like my slow-but-steady efforts
at studying have paid off little by little.
Steady progress is essential to language learning, but it can also be
very difficult to maintain. In the next issue, I’ll speak to three new interviewees
about their impressions and learning tips. Don’t miss it!

Essential Business Amid Pandemic
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hope everyone reading this is doing fine during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These days, we hear a lot about essential businesses/non-essential businesses.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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We thank you for reading through the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
How did you like our press letter?
If you have an interest in a particular subject,
please kindly inform us. We are willing to bring your subject to the press.

——————Copyright(C) 2009-2020 ISOWA Corporation——————

Vol. 132: A half-century living and working with ISOWA!

2020/04 Vol. 132
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├ A half-century living and working with ISOWA!
Candid interviews with employees with 50 years of continued service
– What is the ISOWA Service Award?
2├ New Machine Being Installed!
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
This is Hirofumi Ogura of the Export Department.

With the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Tokyo this year, preparations
were continuing at pace. Unfortunately, Japanese officials announced that we have to
postpone it to 2021 due to the current serious situation by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
all over the world.

Given that the games was originally planned to be held in later July/early August,
very hot season in Japan (Tokyo), it was expected that the climate was going to
be a challenge to athletes and spectators.In fact, peak temperatures in Tokyo
last year in August recorded over 35 degrees for ten days in a row.

In order to deal with this problem, the Japanese Olympic Committee initially
considered a range of unique countermeasures, such as wet towels to
wrap around one’s neck, sprinkling the sidewalks with water, wearing umbrella hats ,
spraying fine mist and artificial snow, and laying heat insulated pavements.
However, none of this brought a real breakthrough.

More recently, newly proposed measures call for ice and chilled bathing facilities
for athletes, with freezers and freezer trucks to be deployed to supply the ice.
In addition, ice cream, salt supplement tablets, and sweat sheets will be distributed
to volunteers and support staff, and locations with sun-shading tents and drinking
water fountains for spectators are to be increased.
Even so, in the opinion of the Olympic Committee, the preparations are not perfect yet.

I think some of you readers will come to Tokyo to watch the Olympic Games.
When you come, please don’t forget to take protective measures against the heat
to avoid suffering a heat stroke while you focus too much on the games.
I hope you will have a good time enjoying the Tokyo Olympics in next year!

We hope that Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be stamped out as soon as possible
and could hold the Olympic Games as per postponed scheduled.

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 132 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
A half-century living and working with ISOWA!
Candid interviews with employees with 50 years of continued service
– What is the ISOWA Service Award?
Hello everyone.
This is Nagisa Inui from the Customer Support/Service Department.

This question may be a little out of the blue, if someone were to mention 1970,
50 years ago, what would you imagine?

I hadn’t been born back then, so I did some quick research on those days.
Some major events were
• The Apollo 13 was launched (the lunar landing failed)
• Japan’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Nagoya was opened
• Japan’s first pedestrian-only areas in Ginza, Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, and Asakusa were implemented
• The Beatles broke up
• The “Tomica” line of toy cars was first released
Among these and other events, I think the biggest one was
• The Japan World Exposition (Expo’70) held in Osaka.
The Expo attracted an astounding 64.21 million visitors.
Even now, the Expo is often cited when people look back on
Japan’s period of rapid economic growth.

In 1970, our company name was Isowa Industry Co., Ltd., and
the main model was the PS2: Printer Slotter.
After the PS2: Printer Slotter was released in 1964, 115 sets were shipped
in the three years around 1970. Later, 460 sets of the PS2: Printer Slotter
were shipped as well as 88 sets each of sister models PS3 and PS4 .
This is how ISOWA has since become known as
“ISOWA -Specialists for Printer Slotters.”

Back then was also the time when the flexo printers PS5B and PS6B
were developed.
Over the course of about ten years, 480 flexo folder gluers were shipped,
mainly to Europe, after forming a technical alliance with folder gluer
manufacturer UNIVERSAL in Switzerland .

I have asked four senior employees who joined the company in 1970,
and who this year look back on 50 years of service, about the secret
to continuing to work for 50 years in good health.
Mr. A (Service Department )

I think I have been able to keep working for 50 years thanks to a good boss,
colleagues, and the good relationships I’ve built at the workplace.
When I joined the company, I had a strong impression of a local ironworks
consisting of just one plant. Back then, many senior employees were
of the craftsman type, including some who often scolded me when I was
a new employee and sometimes got angry and threw tools at me.
I have always made efforts to look at my work as something to figure out
myself instead of relying on being taught by others.

I have been mostly in the Assembly and Service Department,
with some experiences at branch offices. Back then, remembering
which roads to take was a challenge because obviously, car navigation
didn’t exist. I still recall that even going to service sites felt irksome back then.

I recall that in the old days servicing appeared to be organized
in a way that a fair number of us went together to complete the work
and come back early. Customers seemed to be relatively relaxed.
When we encountered an unexpected problem during a repair job, although
it was hard work, we had fun sharing ideas and solving the problem together.

I hope that more ISOWA people, irrespective of their departments,
will continue to proactively act in the awareness of
“ISOWA keeps you going – always on the go!”

Mr. I (Assembly Department)

Blessed with good health, I have been able to work for 50 years.
The secret to good health is to separate work and private life, exercise often,
and work and play with one’s whole heart.

Since joining the company, I have worked mainly in
the Assembly and Service Department. Back then, our core production
was mostly Printer Slotters, and corrugators were mostly low-speed machines,
all relatively compact. Compared with today, the assembly area seemed
wider, but I think the extra space we had was cluttered with parts shelves.
Today, flexo folder gluers have become mainstream, and corrugators have
become faster and wider, and the machinery is larger.
Considering the effective use of the assembly plant and how to position
and distribute shelves and parts, we are striving to achieve a plant as a showroom.

In the old days, when installing a printing machine, there were
many problems with sheet misalignment and sheet discharge,
and even modification brought no improvement. There were times
when I was severely scolded by the customer’s department manager.
Today I still haven’t forgotten what it was like back then.

I think that today the barriers around each department of ISOWA
have become lower compared with when I joined the company.
I would like ISOWA to continue growing to become an even more comfortable
company to work for, where people talk to each other and discuss
and consider each other’s point of view.
Mr. U (Overseas Service Department )

After joining the company, I have worked mainly in
the Assembly and Service Department and was involved in the installation
of a whole line of the corrugator. I have installed about 20 lines so far,
which I think is the highest at ISOWA.

When I joined ISOWA, parking lots were not maintained, and
vehicles were parked on the unpaved ground around the plant
and on vacant lots. When it started raining, it was a real mess.
Since the working hours were from 8 am to 4 pm, it was easy to
enjoy recreational events on weekdays too.

My most challenging incident in installing a corrugator line came
when we were installing Double-Deck Corrugator CWDD. We had a hard time
figuring out the correct placement for avoiding misalignment and
single-faced web meandering at the inversion section on the second floor.

Also, an incident I had when I was working overseas was that
when I worked in China to install a corrugator, I got on the wrong bus
and was about to end up being a missing person. It was a palpable
experience that taught me the great importance of communication.

The reasons why I have been able to keep working for 50 years are
the good health gifted me by my ancestors, my wife’s cooking,
and the company’s wholesome management.

My wish for future ISOWA people is to practice awareness of the “why”
regarding their work and to have a rich imagination. I would also like you
to train your hippocampus and master a field of specialization,
just one is enough, in which you beat everyone else.
Mr. M (Purchasing Department )

After joining the company, I spent some time in
the Machining and Assembly Department, and since then,
I have been in the Purchasing Department for around 40 years.
In the old days, when cargo needed to be moved, we had very long
waiting times because there was only one cargo lift. And the slip entries
were handwritten back then, while today we are using a PC for processing.

As to work-related incidents, when a staff shortage at a foundry
caused a delivery delay, we went to the foundry ourselves from 9 am to 5 pm.
We did the centering work for the cast, the sanding and shot blasting
to remove the burr from the cast material after casting,
and the weighing and cargo collection by truck. I will never forget this.

I think I have been able to work for 50 years thanks to the support
from my bosses, both senior and junior, my colleagues, and the employees
from other departments. I have been able to enjoy many recreational
events such as barbecuing at Lake Biwa, cherry blossom viewing a
t Mt. Komaki, watching sumo wrestling, and cherry blossom viewing
at Meijo Park, helping me build good relationships with everyone.

I hope that ISOWA people will continue to communicate and assert
themselves yet more than before as ONE TEAM ISOWA.
What did you think of these interviews?
When a half-century goes by, surely there are various stories
to be told. I think that compared with today, the way we worked,
and the tools we used are completely different.

Long-serving employees are awarded commendations at the morning meeting
with all employees in attendance. This time, long-serving employees
were presented with a crystal shield, a gift of commendations slightly different
from the usual paper certificates. The engraved text is a message in the style
of ISOWA, which touches upon a work-related anecdote
and the personality of the awardee.
We would like to make ISOWA a company which senior members
can respect and which each year turns out employees
with a 50-year history of service.

All employees together will continue to strive across generations
aiming for ISOWA to be a company loved by customers.
New Machine Being Installed!
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
When I put a picture of a machine here, it’s normally our machine. But not this time.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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We thank you for reading through the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
How did you like our press letter?
If you have an interest in a particular subject,
please kindly inform us. We are willing to bring your subject to the press.

——————Copyright(C) 2009-2020 ISOWA Corporation——————

Vol.131: Why was ISOWA able to become a 100-year-old company?

2020/03 Vol. 131
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├ Why was ISOWA able to become a 100-year-old company?
– A look back on ISOWA’s history.
2├ Milestone Recognition
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hello all, my name is Fernando Saucedo. I’m a parts-specialist at Isowa America.
Today, I would like to talk about the gender reveal party here in the USA,
as my wife and I also are getting ready to share this event with family and friends
for our baby on the way.

It has been an American custom to host a baby shower for expecting parents,
and most recently, in the last decade, gender reveal party has become
extremely popular. Gender reveal party is generally a small event with
close friends and family, and for the parents to find out and reveal the gender
of their baby on the way. There have been a variety of different and creative ways
that parents choose to find out or reveal the baby’s gender. One of the more first
and common approaches is to give a bakery the gender in a sealed envelope and
have them bake a special cake, adding either pink (girl) or blue (boy) coloring into
the cake mix inside. This way, when parents cut a slice of cake, they are surprised
by the color inside of the cake, revealing the baby’s gender.

Another common approach is to have a balloon filled with either pink or blue confetti,
and the parents will pop during their gender reveal party with family and friends.
Whichever way parents decide to find out the gender of their baby, these events are
a fun, exciting, and creative way to find out and share the gender with their loved ones.

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 131 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Why was ISOWA able to become a 100-year-old company?
– A look back on ISOWA’s history.
Hello everyone.
I’m Shunpei Inagaki from the Customer Support/Service Department.
I’ll be your host for this issue.

ISOWA is reaching our 100th anniversary.
In addition to ISOWA, there are 1,176 companies in Japan that will celebrate
their 100th-anniversary this year (according to Teikoku Databank, Ltd.),
among them are Mazda Motor Corporation, Ito-Yokado Co., Ltd., and Rinnai Corporation.
Of these companies, manufacturing is the category with the greatest number
of companies, which is 287.
We will be celebrating our 100th anniversary alongside such great companies,
thanks to the support of our customers. Thank you very much.
And thank you for your continued support in the future.
We will unite as a company to return the kindness bestowed on us and work
to continue to “keep you going – always on the go!”

There are a few current employees who have been at our company for
over 50 years, and they have stories from those early times. However,
that’s only the second half of 100 years of our history, and that era was
only able to happen thanks to the previous 50 years.
We share information about present-day ISOWA through e-mail, the president’s blog,
and so on, so this time we’ll take up “Why was ISOWA able to become
a 100-year-old company? – A look back on ISOWA’s history” as a theme and
present a short review of the time of the company’s founding and its following
developments in order to explore how the company has been able to continue
for 100 years.
[ISOWA’s Beginnings]
ISOWA began in 1920 with the founding of the Nagoya plant of Minoda Iron Works,
a paper converting machine manufacturer.
The headquarters of Minoda Iron Works was in Osaka, and it’s unclear
when it was founded. As the enterprise expanded, a Tokyo plant was established,
and in 1920, the Nagoya plant was established, where the founder of ISOWA,
Genichi Isowa, happened to see an advertisement for workers as
he passed by the plant. This was the beginning of everything.
He began working for the company. In 1929, due to the impact of
the Great Depression, the headquarters of Minoda Iron Works was in poor shape,
but the Nagoya plant had been performing well. So it formed a separate company,
and in 1931, the Nagoya plant of Minoda Iron Works Company was created.
At that time, Genichi Isowa joined the management. Only five months later,
President Minoda passed away. Genichi Isowa became the president, and in 1933,
he built a new plant in Kita-ku, Nagoya City, shifting from Nagoya’s Naka-ku,
and achieving his dream of independence.
In 1938, the limited-partnership-company was dissolved, and the Minoda family
left the company. As the Minoda name still had brand value at that time,
the company name was not changed to Isowa but continued to operate
as a private company under the same name.
[The Birth of Isowa Industry Co., Ltd.]
The company’s second president, Eiichi Isowa, studied mechanical engineering
at Nagoya College of Technology (present Nagoya Institute of Technology)
and received one year of training at Okuma Machinery Works
(present Okuma Corporation) before joining the Nagoya plant of Minoda Iron Works
in 1949. Although he entered the company with knowledge of state-of-the-art
techniques, at that time, half the work was jobs subcontracted from
Okuma Machinery Works, and Isowa was a small company with less than
20 employees. The Japanese economy improved due to special demand
from the Korean War in 1950, and paper converting machine work increased
as well, enabling the business to recover gradually. Thanks to this, Isowa Industry
Co., Ltd. was able to be established in 1952.
[ISOWA – Specialists for Printer Slotters]
“ISOWA – Specialists for Printer Slotters” is something you might hear
from time to time from senior members of the company.
Let’s try unraveling the story behind that phrase a little.
ISOWA began manufacturing and sale of printer slotters in around 1955,
and at that time, there were only about ten printer slotters in operation in Japan.
In following with a customer request, Isowa developed printer slotters
under the name, “Two-color Standard Transverse Printer with Attached Slotter.”
After that, Eiichi Isowa developed the successors to that machine,
the 6R and the 7R with the help of the design office.
However, another company developed a high-performance printer slotter,
and the day came when 6R and 7R became inferior machines, which caused
a small crisis for ISOWA. Eiichi Isowa spoke of that time as very difficult,
and he said “I had many sleepless nights.”
Still, the company pressed on, determined not to let another company’s
high-performance equipment win out, and worked at developing machines
with competitive functionality and more affordable prices. The PS2 was
unveiled in 1963, to a favorable reception, and from then on, customers
kept the PS series in high demand.
This is how the phrase “ISOWA – Specialists for Printer Slotters” began.
[In Pursuit of Further Development]
ISOWA made technical partnerships with several overseas machine
manufacturers, enabling it to incorporate overseas technologies that were
more advanced than what was available in Japan, in order to continue to
provide machines that were in line with the times. Here let’s look at four
such companies as we reflect on those days.
1. General Corrugated Machinery Company, Inc. (United States)
In the early 1960s, corrugated box production began to shift from
wire joint to glue joint, and folder gluers with high productivity were attracting attention.
Other companies were developing folder gluers through a technical partnership
with overseas manufacturers, but ISOWA developed independently
and got far behind with regards to technology.
That is why ISOWA aimed to form a technical partnership and
selected the American company, General Corrugated Machinery
as a possible candidate. After ten months of continuous correspondence
with the company, Eiichi Isowa went alone to the United States in 1964.
However, the company was not eager to respond to the requests of
a Japanese company they hadn’t even heard of, and he paid many personal
visits to the company. After one week of repeated visits, his persistence
was rewarded and he was able to secure a technical partnership.
This allowed the company to sell General Corrugated Machinery’s semi-automatic
gluer in Japan, but sales weren’t as robust as Eiichi had hoped,
and it didn’t seem as though the venture was producing results.
However, since General Corrugated Machinery didn’t manufacture
printer slotters, they approached ISOWA to say, “we would like to sell
ISOWA’s printer slotters in the USA,” and ISOWA made its way
into the US market in an unexpected way. In 1966, the first printer slotter
for the United States was exported, and it was evaluated as being comparable
to American machines, resulting in the shipping of a lot more.
2. Ward Machinery Co. (United States)
After the semi-automatic gluer, the industry turned its attention to rotary die cutters.
Eiichi Isowa was quick to pick up on the potential of rotary die cutters
and had already begun working on prototypes in 1963. However,
his in-house development didn’t go well as he had hoped. At that time,
only hard die cutters were produced in Japan, and Eiichi Isowa
was considering a partnership with Ward Machinery, who made the soft die cutters
that Eiichi Isowa believed would become the mainstream in the future.
Ward Machinery was the top manufacturer of rotary die cutters, and
Eiichi Isowa expected negotiations to be much more difficult than his experience
with General Corrugated Machinery. Ward Machinery had a short history
and little experience with technical partnerships, the negotiations
went smoothly, and a contract was signed in 1966.
Eiichi Isowa struggled to bring it to successful domestic production as quickly
as hoped. In November of that year, the public test run of the domestically-produced
rotary die cutter was achieved. After that, many customers ordered it,
and the rotary die cutter joined the printer slotter as a product that
contributed to ISOWA’s growth.
3. UNIVERSAL Corrugated Box Machinery Export Corp. A.G. (Switzerland)
ISOWA wanted to sell printer slotters to Europe, and so formed
a sales partnership with UNIVERSAL. In 1966, Eiichi Isowa went to visit
UNIVERSAL, which he had selected to be a distributor of ISOWA’s printer slotters
in Europe. UNIVERSAL was a specialized manufacturer of folder gluers
and had been wanting printer slotters, so a plan was begun to link
UNIVERSAL’s folder gluers with ISOWA’s printer slotters and sell them
on the European market and the sales partnership deal was made.
To develop a connectable printer slotter, ISOWA technicians traveled
to research European printer slotters, and they modified the PS5 and PS6
which were already under development and sent out new models PS5B
and PS6B for Europe. Successful market development in Europe was achieved,
and at that time, many more of those models were assembled at assembly plants
for the overseas market.
4. Koppers Company Inc. (United States)
At that time, Koppers was one of the top three corrugated machinery
manufacturers in the world. The other two companies were Langston and
S & S, which both had alliances with other Japanese manufacturers.
Koppers was looking to advance into Japan, and ISOWA was looking
for folder gluer technology. Both companies shared mutual interest,
and in 1969, ISOWA formed a technical alliance on flexo folder gluer
with Koppers. In 1972, a joint venture for corrugator technology was launched
with Koppers, called “Isowa Hooperswift, Ltd.” This company’s business was
to manufacture and sell automatic corrugator splicers, noise suppressors,
laminators, and more. It was the predecessor to the present-day
The “Hooperswift” in the company name comes from two companies
previously acquired by Koppers: a corrugator manufacturing company
called “Hooper” and a printing machine manufacturer called “Swift.”
Although it was a joint venture with Koppers, the name Hooperswift was used.
This alliance greatly advanced ISOWA’s corrugator technology.
At that time, our current president, Hideyuki Isowa, took some time off
from studying at university to spend about ten months working at Koppers.
There was an incident when an employee who did not know that the company
had the alliance to share technology with ISOWA asked him if he had come
to spy. Despite that, Hideyuki Isowa says he got along well with many friendly employees.
[ISOWA After That]
After that, ISOWA succeeded in developing Japan’s first INAC, mainly using
NC (numerical control) equipment, and “Exceed,” which has revolutionized
printer slotters, making it possible to do with two rolls what once required seven.
This led to SuperFlex and SuperFlex Plus.
Then in June 2001, Hideyuki Isowa became the fourth president of the company
and embarked on improving the corporate culture. He started,
“ISOWA keeps you going – always on the go!” and a part of that success
has been the massive hit flexo folder gluer IBIS and other “i-Machine.”
This has been a quick jog through the history of ISOWA. I’ll be glad
if you’ve read this and found something new that you didn’t know about
our company’s history.
Looking back, one could say ISOWA has incorporated what it needed during
each era and changed along the way. As the saying goes, “Companies are
businesses that adapt to changing environments.” Our history shows how
we have kept on going without fearing change.
We sincerely feel that we are able to celebrate our 100th-anniversary thanks to
the efforts of the many people who came before us, the cooperation
of our business partners, and above all, the support of our customers.
We would like to take the challenge one step further to make ISOWA a company
that will last 150, or even 200 years.
This has been a long article, but thank you for sticking through it.
Milestone Recognition
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Like I mentioned before, 2020 is ISOWA’s 100th anniversary.
We have a lot of exciting anniversary events coming up.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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We thank you for reading through the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
How did you like our press letter?
If you have an interest in a particular subject,
please kindly inform us. We are willing to bring your subject to the press.

——————Copyright(C) 2009-2020 ISOWA Corporation——————

Vol. 130:Work-Style Reforms at ISOWA

2020/02 Vol. 130
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├ Work-Style Reforms at ISOWA
2├ Happy New Year 2020
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hello everyone!
In an unexpected turn of events, I’ve recently been given a used road bike,
so if the weather is good, you can find me riding around the streets of Nagoya
on my days off. I’m Akari Tsurumoto from the Export Department.

Nagoya, where ISOWA’s Japan head office and plant are located,
is one of Japan’s five largest cities, and it has a robust public transportation system
in the city core, with trains, subway lines, and buses. I only learned this
once I started cycling, but Nagoya doesn’t have many bikeways, so I am often
faced with the choice of either riding slowly along the sidewalk or going out
into the street with the cars, despite the danger.

I once took a trip to the Netherlands, and in Amsterdam there were clearly
marked lanes for pedestrians, bicycles, and cars, so everyone was moving
along safely. Bicycles are good for both the environment and the budget,
and not only can you make lovely discoveries around your neighborhood but
you can also improve your health. I think it’s one of the best forms of transportation,
so I hope Nagoya can someday become more welcoming to cyclists.

What is the street situation like in your town?
Some towns are great for walking, others are perfect for cycling, and others
are fun for driving. I think there are a lot of different types of places,
so if you have the chance, please tell me something nice about where you live!

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 130 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Work-Style Reforms at ISOWA
Hello everyone.
This is Shingo Saegusa of the Export Department.

Let’s get right down to business. Have you ever heard of telework?
Telework is defined as “a flexible work style that uses information and communications
technology (ICT) to enable people to make effective use of their time and place.”

Apparently, the government is promoting telework for the duration of the Olympics
in order to relieve traffic congestion.
It has recently become a word one often hears on the TV news.

At our company, we have implemented telework as a part of our efforts to create an
environment that makes it easy for ISOWA people to work, and in this issue, I’m going to
present the reflections of some people who are actually doing telework at our company.

If anyone is considering telework, hopefully this will be helpful for you.
◆Customer Support/Sales Service Department H.S.

As part of revising the way I work, I began trying WFH (work from home).
Although it’s called “work from home,” it’s not just about working at home,
but rather it’s a way of aiming towards a more flexible way to work.

Thanks to the development of network environments and communication tools,
there are few tasks that must be completed at the office these days. It’s possible
to do the same level of work at home, out and about, on a business trip, or anyplace,
as it is at the office.
There’s nothing wrong with working at home, or out somewhere, or at the office.
I think what’s important is to work efficiently.

I think one huge plus is the time and effort saved by not having
to commute. Two hours each day swaying in a packed train
just to go to work and back really causes stress to build up.
By simply removing that element, I’m able to spend quiet moments
thinking or helping out around the house, and I begin to feel
more relaxed in both body and spirit.

At this point, I haven’t found any drawbacks in particular, but I find
that my “work from home” has been nothing more than a way to rethink
my way of working.
I think our role is to think about how to make an environment that
is truly easy to work in, based on the philosophy of, “Creating a company
with the best corporate culture in the world that makes us and
our families happy.”
Now at ISOWA, even if there isn’t a precedent, if you think of something
that really fits with the philosophy, they will encourage you to “give it a try!”

I’m going to visualize a completely different work style that we might
have in ten or twenty years, as I exchange ideas with my colleagues
in order to make it happen.
◆Customer Support/Service Department N. H.

I have access to the same network environment outside as I do
in the office, which enables me to work at any time or any place.
I can do things that I once did in the office while I’m on the move
or on a business trip, and this has improved my work efficiency.

I’ve worked from home several times, and I found it very relaxing
for my body and spirit to be able to get straight to work without having
to deal with the hectic commuting time. I had more time to help out
with my kids in the morning and communicate with my family, and so
I really felt that there were benefits both for my work life and my private life.

When my private life is stable and fulfilling, this has a positive impact
on my work life as well, so I think I’d like to do it more often in the future.

However, since nobody is around to see what I’m working on
and I can also tend to develop a communication deficit, I have to be
even more disciplined with myself, and I also feel like I have to work more
actively with my everyday communication.

Currently, I’m doing it on a test basis, but I think more people
should try working from home or telework to improve both their work
and home lives.
◆Customer Support/Service Department S. I.

First, some concrete examples of current telework are:
• Working on the Shinkansen (in transit)
• Working at a hotel
• Working at home

When I’m away on a business trip, I mainly use the Shinkansen train.
Before, I was using my iPhone to do work while riding the Shinkansen,
and there were limits to what I could do and it wasn’t very efficient.
Since I was provided with a computer for telework, I’m now able
to work while on the Shinkansen in the same way as I do at the office.

Before, even if I got an urgent question from a customer, I had to
reply with “I’m very sorry, I’m currently on the Shinkansen..,” but now
I can respond with “I’ll look into it and get back to you shortly.”
And depending on the content of their question, I can often respond
very quickly.

I used to return to office after a business trip if I had some time
before the end of the business day. But now, I just go straight home.
I feel like I’m able to work more efficiently, because I can work at home.

When I was working at the Tokyo Domestic Sales Office, riding
a packed train was like doing work before my workday even began,
but when I tried working at home, that time was eliminated and
I felt much more relaxed both physically and mentally.

With a flexible work style, we can work towards a better work
environment and I want to continue to use telework (working from
home) and explore its effects.
◆Customer Support/Service Department K. S.

I’m currently working from home two or three days per week in
conjunction with my reduced working hours due to childcare .

The life of a married couple changes completely when
their childcare begins. Daily trips back and forth to daycare,
from preparations in the morning to putting them to bed
at night, there is never enough time in the day to do it all.

The best thing about working from home is that it eliminates
the time required for a commute.
This benefit gets even greater the further one’s house
is from the office.

Personally, thanks to saving time on my commute,
I’m able to relax and I think I’ve developed an improved
attitude towards not only my family and my children but
to other people as well.
This, more than anything, has helped me begin to feel
that I am working for myself and my family, which is based
on the company philosophy of “make us and our families happy.”

Another benefit to my work is the concept that “being at
the office = working” was eliminated from me.
Thanks to that, I’ve begun thinking about work more, even outside
working hours, and I feel like the things I learn in my day-to-day life
or taking care of my children has also helped provide me with ideas for work,
more and more.

At ISOWA, we’re not yet at a point where everyone can telework,
but as one of the first people who has been able to try it, I honestly
can’t help but wonder what people who are doing work the usual way
are thinking about me, and I wonder what sort of things they might
be saying… So that is one thing that makes me feel a little insecure.

Still, I think of it as an opportunity that I was lucky to receive,
and I want to value this process while producing results that
people can see in order to gain their approval.

I want to work to make our work more efficient and paperless,
for a future where telework can be an option for lots of people,
not just people who have to care for children or elderly relatives.

I believe that the more people who can achieve a good work-life
balance and tackle their work with a sense of satisfaction,
the more this will result in providing even better value for our customers.
◆Public Relations H.M.

The reason why I began working at home was my
husband’s job transfer.
I wanted us to live together as a family, but I didn’t want to
quit my job.
I felt as though it was a pretty selfish request, so
I was half-prepared to be fired when I told my true wishes
to my boss, but I was told, “I think you can do your job
from home.”
This was a very unexpected and generous proposal.
I remember feeling so happy that I almost cried.

In many cases, WFH means that a person might have
one day per week when they don’t go into the office, but
in my case, I moved really far away, so I mostly work from home
and once every week or two I go in to the office.

When people who normally work at the office work a day
at home, they probably think it’s just about “Doing
whatever work can be accomplished at home.”
But as a result, the stance of “doing work that can also
be done at home” results in nothing but a subset of work that
can be done at the office .

In my case, I hardly ever go in to the office, so if I try
to move forward with this way of thinking, I wind up just
being asked to do odd jobs, and odd jobs which contribute little
to the company at that, which isn’t worth the amount
the company pays for my salary.

Because of this, I realized I needed to adjust my thinking.
Many tasks can be completed easier while working from home.
(I had already begun working at home for
a long time before I had this realization, so I can’t be too proud about it. )

The overwhelming advantage of working at home versus working
at the office is that I am able to fully immerse myself in my thoughts.
Although one downside is that it’s hard to obtain information,
the other side of that coin is that it is the perfect environment
for me to focus in my own world. I think the key to successful
working at home is to do a work that maximizes the benefits.

Finally, working at home only works because of my colleagues
in the office, and looking at it one way you could say they’re letting
me have all the fun. I just want to make sure I never forget
my gratitude for that.
At a manufacturing company like ISOWA,
there are limits to the types of positions that can be done at home.
I feel bad that I’m in the lucky position of being able to work
at home when so many others cannot. But this is why I work hard
so that people will feel glad that I stuck around although I work at home,
rather than quitting completely , and that is the best way for me to
repay the kindness of my colleagues and of my company.
I’m not always confident to say I am achieving
that goal with my work, but I will always keep trying.
What did you think of these reflections on telework?

I think the approach changes depending on the department and
position of the person, but the most important thing is that
by using telework, we can increase the work style options so that
people can be fulfilled in both their work and private lives.

I’ll be interested to read your thoughts on this issue.
Happy New Year 2020
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Happy belated New Year! I hope 2020 is treating you all well.
I’d like to have a quick look back at what happened at the turn
of the year at ISOWA.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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We thank you for reading through the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
How did you like our press letter?
If you have an interest in a particular subject,
please kindly inform us. We are willing to bring your subject to the press.

——————Copyright(C) 2009-2020 ISOWA Corporation——————

Vol. 129:Our Efforts with the National Trade Skills Tests

2020/01 Vol. 129
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├ Our Efforts with the National Trade Skills Tests
2├ Guests from the US
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Happy Holidays
This is Scott Sander – Sales Manager at Isowa America.
For many the upcoming New Year is always a time for setting/resetting personal goals
– both professionally and personally. Most cultures think it’s a good time to celebrate,
reflect and look forward.
One of my favorite writers wrote that the best things in life should be thought of
as pebbles in a jar. The assumption should be that the pebbles are finite —
you should withdraw them with care, one by one, never doing it by random or
distractedly. If you withdraw them too rapidly, you are being greedy, and will hasten
the day when they are gone. If you hoard them, if you are miserly in keeping them
in the jar, then you will rob yourself of the experiences the good things should give you.
There’s no perfect way to do it. The closest you can come to perfection is
to know just how precious those pebbles are, and to value each one.
I think it is the same with a New Year. Here is one true thing: You have one
less New Year remaining than you did a year ago today. A year from today you will
have one less New Year remaining than you do right now. That can worry you or thrill you.
Choose to let it thrill – your New Year is just the beginning. The pebbles fill your
New Year’s jar – withdraw one and savor the opportunity of a New Year.

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 129 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Our Efforts with the National Trade Skills Tests
Hi, I’m Nagisa Inui from the Customer Support/Service Department.
In this issue, I’m going to talk about some of
our efforts with the National Trade Skills Tests.

Every year at ISOWA, our junior employees on site take the National
Trade Skills Tests.

First of all, what are the National Trade Skills Tests?
→It is a national certification system that began in 1959 that
was created in order to evaluate the level of skills acquired or
required for work.

People who pass the tests are issued certificates and are permitted
to call themselves certified skilled workers.

I asked this year’s examinees for their
thoughts and impressions.
K <Working at ISOWA for ten years>

I took the 1st Class Machining Center Worker test . I was confident
in my practical skills, so I wanted to take the test to prove myself.
My department always shared past test questions and offered
test-taking advice, but starting from this year, I had to personally
ask someone who had passed the test for advice and gather materials
on my own so that was really hard.
Also, since I had to practice on a machine that is used during everyday
work, I had to find a way to practice without hindering the production plan.
Long story short, I passed. Starting from next year, I want to use my
experiences to help other examinees so that they can pass it on
their first try.
B <Working at ISOWA for ten years>

I took the 2nd Class General Purpose Milling Machine Worker test .
A senior employee recommended that I take the test, so I did.
Once I started practicing, although it is the same machine I use
every day for work, I realized the content was totally different and
I got flustered.
I worked at it with the feeling of a beginner learning a new skill.
As I practiced, my ability to switch my way of thinking to focus on
the next task, the way I moved my body, and the way I used my time
changed, and my level of awareness improved.
I want to instruct future examinees by telling them about my
experiences and helping provide a foundation for their motivation.

I <Working at ISOWA for three years>

This time, I took the 2nd Class General Purpose Milling Machine Worker test.
I wanted to try again after failing last year, so I asked to retake it.
I reevaluated my style of practicing and attitude towards making an effort
that I had last year, and practiced over and over.
I particularly focused on eliminating unnecessary movements.
Before I started studying for the test, I didn’t have a clear image
of my own work, and I realized that I had a lot of unnecessary movements.
After I took the test, my boss told me, “You have far fewer unnecessary
movements” and I was happy to hear that.
It’s not just about passing the test. I feel the biggest thing I gained from
this experience was a true feeling of growth in regard to my day-to-day work.
That’s all for reflections from examinees.

When the testing day gets closer, the examinees start practicing after work.
When I tell people outside the company about this, they are often surprised,
but this practice does not count as overtime. That’s because it’s not
a work order, but a “personal decision to take the test.”

Once employees get the qualification, they are evaluated in terms of
contributions to work and positive influences on their surroundings,
but they don’t get any special allowance just for obtaining the qualification.
Although examinees start out with the intention of passing
the test, there are times when they feel overwhelmed.
But once they get started with actual practicing, they lose
track of time having fun in competition with their peers, and
work hard at it until late at night.
It is the kind bosses and senior employees who instruct
the examinees, and the coworkers who create an environment
that makes it easy to focus on practicing that makes them work
even harder to practice and pass the test not only for
themselves but for everyone supporting them.
Junior employees feel this atmosphere and decide to
take a test the following year, and people who have passed
the tests use their experience to support them.
The skills people build in preparation for these tests
in turn builds a better ISOWA’s Manufacturing Department.

This is why approximately ten people at ISOWA take National Trade Skills
Tests every year. It has truly become a part of ISOWA’s corporate culture.

Practicing for the National Trade Skills Tests is only possible
with the cooperation of TASUKE people who share an understanding
of the importance of passing down skills in order to keep the flame of
manufacturing burning bright.
I think this must be one important reason why examinees are
so motivated to do their best.
※ISOWA calls our subcontractors “TASUKE people”.
And at ISOWA, where process is valued more than results,
Hideyuki-san threw a party for all the examinees and
instructors before the results announcement to celebrate
their hard work.

People who passed their tests this year will be instructors
for examinees next year, so I think it was a meaningful time
for them to hear the thoughts and feelings of the instructors directly.
I heard from one participant that the party was also an opportunity
to hear about other tests, and inspired this person to try another
one that might benefit his own department.
You can see pictures of the event on the ISOWA blog.
(In Japanese only)

ISOWA’s Manufacturing Department puts our heart and soul into
every part we make. The aggregate of those parts becomes an “i Machine”.
ISOWA employees will continue to work hard to serve our customers,
with each one fully taking in the corporate philosophy.

Thank you very much.
Guests from the US
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Some of you might recognize one of the guys in the picture.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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Vol.128:Interview to our new employee about sales training

2019/12 Vol. 128

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├  Interview to our new employee about sales training
2├  First time in 5 years
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hello everyone. This is Shingo Saegusa of the Export Department.
In October 2019, Typhoon Hagibis made a direct hit on Japan,
causing severe damage and record levels of rainfall. In my introduction
to the previous newsletter (Vol. 112), I talked about how Japan is affected
by a lot of natural disasters, and at that time I specifically mentioned earthquakes.

This time, as I watched the news about the typhoon damage,
my honest reaction was that no matter what scientific advances humanity
has made, it’s still very difficult for us to cope with natural disasters.

As a country dealing with a lot of natural disasters,
I think Japan is in a unique position to develop new technologies and know-how.
This led me to think, if we can bring that technology to the world,
perhaps we can contribute to making the world a better place.

The disaster talk continues, but I was on a business trip to Mindanao Island
in the Philippines the other day, and a large earthquake struck Mindanao
while I was there.
The area where I was at the time experienced a seismic intensity of
about three (JMA Seismic Intensity Scale), but everyone inside
the shopping mall was thrown into a panic and the shoppers
all evacuated to the outdoors. As a resident of Japan, I’m used to earthquakes,
so a level three didn’t bother me and I thought I would continue shopping,
but the security staff instructed me to evacuate, so I left the building.
The following day, when I told the story to a Filipino customer, he laughed,
but when I reflected on the incident, I realized that evacuating would have
been the right thing to do.
I realized how frightening it is that growing accustomed to something can
mean we don’t evacuate when we should, and our own experiences can
give us a false sense of security that results in a delayed response.
We can learn valuable lessons from experience, but we must remember to
follow basic ground rules when it comes to responding to natural disasters.

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 128 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Interview to our new employee about sales training
Hello everyone!

My name is Kondo. I’m in my third year with the company now,
and I work in the Tokyo Customer Support/Service Department.
I wonder if I have spoken to any of you, readers on the phone before.
To everyone who is encountering me for the first time, I hope this
will be an opportunity for you to remember my name.
It’s so true that time flies. Already half a year has passed since
the start of the new fiscal year.
*In Japan, the fiscal year starts in April.
I myself was a new employee at ISOWA just two years ago.
I remember it like it was yesterday.

In this issue, I’ll be interviewing Mr. S, a new employee,
about his reflections on the three months of sales training
he just did from July!

Before we begin, I’ll talk a little about the purpose
of the training, and the details of the sales training.

<Purpose of the Training>

Mr. S isn’t actually assigned to the Sales Department.
He’s scheduled to go into the Engineering Department.
So why is someone assigned to the Engineering Department
taking all this time to do sales training?
There are some good reasons.
1. Hear the customer’s frank opinions

The Sales Department is the face of ISOWA, and it is the department
closest to the customer’s point of view. By going through sales training,
Mr. S was able to hear the customers’ frank opinions and learn how to see
machines from the customer’s perspective.
At the same time, by learning how salespeople respond to customers,
he was able to grow to understand the importance of customer trust.
2. Develop a sense of cost considerations

The price of some of the machines we sell exceeds several 100 million yen.
For customers, they make that large purchase with the assumption
that they will be using the machine for decades to come. It’s a huge
decision for them to make.
This was also an opportunity for Mr. S to learn how to be aware of
the customer’s feelings and channel that awareness into efforts
to avoid incurring extra costs.
3. Learn the entire flow involved in shipping machines

The training helps trainees like Mr. S to understand the flow of
how machines go from ISOWA to the customers. ISOWA sales
doesn’t “end with the sale” but in fact, the sale is just the beginning.
The sales training helped him learn how ISOWA people follow-up
with customers after a machine is shipped and installed
at the customer location.
<Details of the Sales Training>

During this training, Mr. S kept the above objectives in mind while
actually going with salespeople to meetings with customers,
machine installations, and more.
Back at the office, Mr. S did paperwork such as preparing quotations
for customers, and he explained to the customers about the witness testing before shipment, and made his debut giving a presentation at the Discover ISOWA Tour (ISOWA factory tour).
With new challenges every day, it seems he had a very
fulfilling training.
This has been a rather long introduction, so now
let’s get into the interview with Mr. S!


Q1. Why did you choose to work for ISOWA?

The start of my interest began at an information session
where the employees spoke to me very kindly.
Then, when I went on a factory tour, they addressed my
concerns sincerely, and I began to think I wanted to work
with these people.

I personally prioritize communication with people
in the workplace, so I was really attracted by the ISOWA
open culture and the talk-friendly environment.
Q2. What made the biggest impression in your three-month
sales training?

Explaining to the customers about the witness testing before shipment
and giving a presentation at the Discover ISOWA Tour (ISOWA factory tour)
made the biggest impression on me.
Since it was my first time making a presentation to customers,
I got ready, I practiced, and even so I remember well
how nervous I felt during the actual presentation.
It wasn’t even ten minutes long, but I really felt the importance
and difficulty involved in taking time to prepare and set up.
Q3. What did you learn during your three-month sales training?

By listening to customers’ frank opinions, I was able to learn
that all customers have things that they want to improve.
In particular, there are many requests for machines that are
even easier to use, so I felt there is still work to be done
to work towards making good machines, and I learned that
ISOWA can continue improving its machines thanks to
such customer requests.

I want to think about what sort of proposals I can make and
what I can do as an engineer in order to make customers happy.
It might take some time, but I want to learn how to solve
customer problems.
Q4. How do you want to be a part of ISOWA people in the future?

During my training, I was assisted by a lot of senior
ISOWA people, and I had the honor of visiting
a lot of customers.
I want to value these connections, and become one
of the ISOWA people who are trusted and easy to approach for
advice by anyone, both inside and outside the company.

I will not just listen to customers, but I also want to continue to work
with an awareness of the possibilities of my own personal development that helps
produce value unique to ISOWA that we have yet to imagine.

I was able to visit a lot of customers during my training. I think
a lot of what I learned was thanks to the contributions
of our customers. I’m really grateful to them.

I want to take everything I learned into consideration with my work,
and I will keep trying to improve so that I can give back in some way.


How was it?

Did you get a sense for new employee Mr. S’s fresh attitude
and enthusiasm?

New employees learn a lot in many ways. Even after he is assigned
to the Engineering Department, I hope that he will remember
his original intentions and use what he learned in sales, and
connect the customer’s thoughts and feelings with those of
we ISOWA people.

We will continue to devote ourselves every day as ISOWA people
to keep on delivering true value to the customers, and so that
i Machines can keep on shining with our customers!

First time in 5 years
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
I visited Brazil for the first time in 5 years.
▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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Vol.127:Lunchtime When Visiting Customers in America

2019/11 Vol. 127

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├ Lunchtime When Visiting Customers in America
2├ Contents Protection vs. Productivity
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY

“Howdy!” from Colorado here in the United States.
This is Kevin Erbe, VP Sales, for Isowa America, and I wanted to share a bit
about our fall trade show activities.
Those in the North American corrugated industry have two big shows to
look forward to in the fall, each held by different organizations.
Although sometimes the shows are held jointly, typically the first show
we attend is hosted by AICC (Association of Independent Corrugated Converters).
The AICC membership is comprised of independent corrugated companies
and suppliers to the corrugated industry, and the fall meeting is a formal
national meeting. Locations change each year for the AICC Fall Meeting,
and this year it was held in Toronto in mid-September.
The show was well attended, and we got a chance to catch up with
many existing customers/friends to talk business and socialize together
which I enjoy very much. We also made some new contacts and learned
about some new machine projects which we’re already working on!
The second big show is put on by TAPPI (Technical Association of
the Pulp and Paper Industry). The TAPPI organization is more geared
for the integrated corrugated producers. The same suppliers mentioned
above also service this integrated group. Every four years TAPPI’s annual
trade show is a huge exhibition called “SuperCorr” where many suppliers
will bring in machine components or even full machines to demonstrate
their features and capabilities, and attendees come from around the world
to see what’s new in the corrugated industry.
As 2019 is an “off year,” the TAPPI trade show is called “CorrExpo”
where suppliers each have booths on the show floor, but there is
no equipment on display. Locations change each year for this show as well,
and it was held in Denver in mid-October this year (I got to drive to this one
instead of flying!). We’ve been doing a measured amount of business
with a couple of the integrated companies recently, and we had the opportunity
to meet with each in Denver to review our past projects and continue
working on new projects that are in the works.
So as you can see, fall is a busy time for Isowa America preparing for
and attending these trade shows. Luckily, both shows were over in time
for me to go elk hunting in the Colorado Mountains, all the while thinking
ahead to when they’ll be covered with snow for the ski season!

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 127 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Lunchtime When Visiting Customers in America
Hello, this is Fukumoto. I am currently stationed at ISOWA America.
In this issue, I would like to tell you about what I do for lunch in America
when visiting a customer to perform installation or repair work,
which can be a headache sometimes.

〇 Is American fast-food cheap?
Before being transferred to America, I had this image of American
fast-food being inexpensive. However, upon trying different types of
fast-food after being transferred here, I found out that the prices are
about the same as in Japan.

At McDonald’s, the most common fast-food restaurant in Japan, or
Burger King, which has expanded in Japan in recent years, the price
for a combo meal is about seven or eight dollars, roughly the same as
in Japan.

However, the sizes of soft drinks in America are larger than they are
in Japan. Therefore, if you think about how much drink you get,
it is slightly cheaper than in Japan. However, I think that people
who think that the amount you get with fast-food in Japan is just right
would like them to reduce the amount and the price.

〇 Subway, which has stores all over America
For lunch, when visiting customers in Japan, I would often go to a gyudon
(beef on top of rice) restaurant, fast-food restaurant, or a Japanese-style
diner chain restaurant.
Whichever location you go to, the taste is the same, so this is a safe choice.

Therefore, the American substitute for such restaurants would be Subway.
In Japan, there are few Subway restaurants, and I sometimes see one.
However, in America, it is the fast-food chain with the highest number of stores.
There are so many that there is bound to be one near a customer’s site.
Therefore, Subway is my first choice.

Also, Subways provide more vegetables than other fast-food restaurants,
so it is healthier than the other ones.

〇 Japanese restaurants near customer sites
I sometimes find Japanese restaurants near customer sites.
Before coming to America, I thought that Japanese restaurants could
only be found in some cities, but there are more of them than I had imagined.

I sometimes go to eat at Japanese restaurants, but meals there average
around 25 to 30 dollars, including the tip.
Eating at restaurants in America made me keenly aware of how cheap
restaurants in Japan are.

Whenever I feel like eating ramen, which isn’t a type of Japanese food
but has been influenced by Japan, in America, it costs about 15 to 20 dollars,
including the tip.
Sometimes, I want to eat Japanese food, but it is difficult for me to
choose to eat it for lunch because it is more expensive than food at other restaurants.

〇 Are American convenience stores convenient?
In Japan, when I don’t have time to eat lunch when out visiting a customer,
I used to purchase food at a convenience store.
America also has convenience stores, but I almost never purchase lunch from them.

Convenience stores in Japan, as the name implies, are convenient stores.
They are open 24 hours a day, you can purchase food and daily commodities,
you can pay bills, and also receive packages.
However, in America, even though they are also open 24 hours a day,
I cannot say that they are as convenient as the ones in Japan.

The thing that caught my attention the most was the customer service.
Basically, staff are usually using their smartphones or are talking
on the phone with someone. For staff in Japan (even if they are
not from Japan) to provide customer service where they are talking on
the phone while scanning product barcodes in front of customers is unthinkable.
Also, there are a lot of stores that could be a little cleaner.

I use convenience stores here when I am refueling my car.
In America, convenience stores often have fuel pumps.
When you refuel at the pumps, you usually fill the gasoline by yourself.
You can only pay by credit card or debit card at the pumps, and cash
is not accepted. So, people who don’t have credit cards have to go inside
the convenience store and pay the necessary amount before filling their tank.
When the cost of fuel you pumped is less than the amount you paid,
you go back to the register to receive your change.

At the gas stations in Japan where you fill your tank yourself,
we usually pay before fueling or use a prepaid card with money charged on it.
However, in America, the pumps only accept credit or debit cards.

Convenience stores originated in America, but I have come to realize
how different they are from the ones in Japan after coming here.
〇 Vending machines in break rooms at customer plants
All of the customer plants in America have break rooms, which have
vending machines. In addition to beverages, you can also purchase cookies,
ice cream, sandwiches, and frozen foods from these machines.
Japan also has beverage vending machines, but I have never seen
any that sells food. Operators use these machines at lunchtime and
during breaks, and I use them when I don’t have enough time for lunch.

Anyway, that was my story about lunch when visiting customers in America.

Before coming to America, I thought that American food was cheaper.
However, after going to fast-food restaurants, I realize that it is about
the same or sometimes higher than in Japan, and that many restaurants
were more expensive than in Japan.

I have become more aware of these price differences the longer I have lived here.
Also, it is difficult for you to find places where you can buy snacks
inside plants in Japan, and I have felt that those plants in America
strongly support the operators who work in them.
Contents Protection vs. Productivity
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Another ISOWA Flexo Folder Gluer ‘Ibis’ is about to be shipped out
to the customer.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)

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Vol. 126: ISOWA’s Countermeasures Against Heat

2019/10  Vol. 126

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├ ISOWA’s Countermeasures Against Heat
2├ What’s inside the tent
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
How are all of you?

I am, a Field Service Engineer at ISOWA.
The Japanese summer is extremely hot this year as well, and it seems that
this heat will continue into September and October.

I am now in Bangkok, Thailand. The weather here is fairly tolerable,
and the heat is not as severe as it is in Japan.

Anyway, this time I would like to talk a little about the
of our customers in Thailand. When I visited Thailand for the first time,
approximately 30 years ago, those plants used fairly old equipment, high product
quality was not required, product stocks were in a state of disorder, and the plants
were littered with waste.

Steady improvements have been made since then. Now, there is daily progress,
as the insides of plants are kept in order, the latest machines have been installed,
and the plants make high-quality products while making daily improvements.
At the same time, we also would like to follow our customer’s approach to
seeking high quality, and we are performing inspections and adjustments
on machines in order to keep them in good condition.
Well, until next time.

And now, let’s turn to Vol. 126 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
ISOWA’s Countermeasures Against Heat

Recently, it has gotten slightly cooler in Japan, and there have been some days
. However, looking back to July through September,
I remember there being strings of extremely hot days all over the country, sweating
every day, and suffering on nights on which I could not sleep without turning on
the air conditioner.

Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, where ISOWA is located, had its record high temperature
of 40.3℃ on August 3rd of last year. This was the first time the temperature here
exceeded 40℃ since measurements started 76 years ago.

To protect our employees from such harsh heat, we at ISOWA started using
countermeasures against the heat, and have been making daily improvements.
Our customers have often asked us, “What kinds of countermeasures do you use?”
and “Do you have any good countermeasures?”

Therefore, in this issue, I would like to tell you about some of the countermeasures
against heat that we use at ISOWA.
I would be glad if you would use this information to prepare yourself for the intense heat
next year.

┃I┃About the we use
Currently, you can see many of these items at heat countermeasure
sections at home improvement stores, 100 yen shops, and the like.
First, I will tell you about some of the items used by ISOWA that would be
easy for you to try yourself.

○ Supplying (Salted candy) and candy

I have seen them in many plant break rooms of our customers in Japan.

For preventing heatstroke, our bodies require salt as well as water.
It is recommended that you consume 1 to 2 grams of table salt or 0.4 to 0.8 grams
of sodium per liter of water.

When to consume salt:
1. When you are dripping beads of sweat for a long period of time
2. When you can taste salt on your arms even after washing with water.

However, when working indoors, you must be careful. There are cases you
could intake too excessive amount of salt when you drink potable water containing
salt to prevent heatstroke even though you are not sweating that much,

○ Cooling sprays, cooling sheets
Cooling sprays as well are exceptional and easy-to-use items that make you feel
cooler just by spraying them on your clothing. We provide these sprays together with
cooling sheets, and ISOWA People frequently use these items.
However, using a large amount of the spray could make you feel as if you were at
the South Pole, so make sure to follow the directions and use the appropriate amount!

○ Work uniforms with built-in fans (air conditioning clothing)
During a visit to a customer, I discovered someone wearing a long-sleeve
work uniform, even though it was very hot!
I was perplexed and curious, so I approached the worker.
“What is this!?”
I was surprised at the fact that it was a stylish work uniform that had a small fan
installed inside the clothes.
It is a cutting-edge uniform in which the fan brings air into the clothing
and makes the wearer feel cooler through the heat of evaporation as the sweat
is evaporated.
The heat of evaporation is heat absorbed from the surrounding area when a liquid
turns into a gas. It utilizes the phenomenon of liquid requiring heat in order to evaporate.
(Initially, I had thought that the wearer was cooled simply due to the circulation of air.)
At ISOWA, these uniforms are also supplied to before they tackle work in extremely hot environments.

○ Supply of funds for summer tea (Not a type of item, though.)
During the summer, our company supplies funds for tea during working hours.
Sometimes, workers consume more than two liters of liquids on an extremely hot day.
Even though they are just funds for tea, it amounts to a rather large sum of money,
so our employees are grateful that we have this system.

┃II┃About our plants
○ Assembly Plant
The Assembly Plant for the machines that we deliver to our customers is located
at the site of the ISOWA Head Office. The total floor space is approximately
6,670 square meters, with a volume of approximately 60,000 cubic meters.
To allow our ISOWA People to work in a comfortable environment, this plant has
a total of 11 air conditioners: four 50 kW units, five 40 kW units, and two 35.5 kW units.

○ Machining Plant
This is a plant which manufactures large to small machine parts.
Including the Corrugating Roll Plant, where we machine corrugating rolls,
the total floor space is approximately 4,600 square meters, with a volume of 38,000
cubic meters. In the past, only a 236 kW chiller unit (a large air conditioner that
cools the entire plant) was installed, but three 45 kW air conditioners were added this year.

Currently, we have many satisfied employees who say: “The work environment

is now more comfortable than it was last year. There are a lot of cases where we want
to work while wearing long-sleeve uniforms, and now we don’t have to face
the difficulties with wearing such uniforms!” etc.

Reflectix is an ultra-thin, high-heat thermal insulation product. It is a type of
initiative that cannot be omitted when talking about the plants of ISOWA.
Reflectix consists of sheets 8 mm thick. These sheets contain two layers of
bubble polyethylene (cushioning material similar to bubble wrap) and three layers
of polyethylene in a high-purity aluminum foil.

At ISOWA, the plants and office are entirely covered with this heat shielding.
In the summer, the solar light is reflected, and the heat is blocked from entering buildings.
In the winter, the heat inside the buildings is reflected towards the inside.
This material makes the inside cool during the summer and warm during the winter.

We actually measured the temperature inside the plants on a certain day in August,
on which the heat was intense!

Ambient temperature 37℃
– Warehouse without Reflectix installed
Ceiling 70.1℃ Room temperature 38.1℃

・ Assembly Plant (Reflectix installed in 2007)
Ceiling 37.6℃ Room temperature 27.8℃


・ Machining Plant (Reflectix installed in 2008)

Ceiling 39.9℃ Room temperature 26.8℃

What should be noted is the ceiling temperature, as the cool air of the air conditioning
does not reach the ceiling. Surprisingly, the temperatures in plants where Reflectix
is installed are more than 30℃ lower than at the warehouse without Reflectix installed.
This demonstrates that the heat is blocked from the ceiling.

Normally, the air conditioners would require a capacity of 1,815 kW for the area
of the Assembly Plant, but the total capacity of the installed air conditioners is 471 kW.
Also, the Machining Plant only has three air conditioners and the chiller unit,
so there is an extremely small amount of cooling devices at both plants.
However, installing the Reflectix has allowed us to create comfortable environments
at the above temperatures.

○ An episode involving intense heat
Lastly, I would like to tell you about a problem that occurred at ISOWA
on a day where it was extremely hot all day.

This episode occurred during a string of extremely hot days at the end of July.
The chiller unit of the Corrugating Roll Plant stopped due to an overload.

The chiller unit exceeded the breaker capacity of 300 A during a heat that lasted several days.

Operation of the chiller unit was stabilized at 260 A after installing a device that sprays water.
Fortunately, the chiller was only off for 30 minutes, and we were able to save
more than 40 A of electricity!
The cooling device installed 10 years prior, which uses the above-mentioned
heat evaporation, worked well for us.

This would have been a disaster if it were not for the spraying of mist.

┃III ┃What to do about the heat in the
In this issue, I talked about the countermeasures against heat used by ISOWA.
As the problem of rising temperatures affects regions all over the world,
there surely are customers who think that improving their work sites is an urgent task.
In addition to providing Corrugators and FFGs, we will continue coming up
with proposals that will be as useful as possible. Production sites are the front line
for manufacturing companies, including ISOWA. Therefore, I think that
these countermeasures would allow workers to work as efficiently and comfortably as possible.

“Human-Friendly and KIKAI-Friendly”
We think making proposals for such environments is another role of our company.
What’s inside the tent
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
A tent appeared inside our shop out of the blue.

▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)

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