ISOWA NEWS LETTER
2021/04 Vol. 144
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1├ Introducing the “E-Mail Magazine” in the E-Mail Magazine?!
—Initiatives from Manufacturing Division—
2├ What is a new way to utilize a “video”?
～From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY～
Hello everybody. I’m Hiroki Mizuno, a field service engineer
from the Overseas Service Department.
Until 2019 I had been visiting overseas customers to inspect machinery
and offer advice. But travel restrictions due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
have prevented me from traveling internationally for a year,
and I am unfortunately unable to meet our customers.
Today I would like to share a few memories from 28 years ago when I was 29.
The first time I visited the United States of America was in October 1993,
when I traveled to New Jersey.
My destination was the then-ISOWA NORTH AMERICA
(our local subsidiary at that time) for a project I was to undertake by myself
that involved assembling five mill roll stands (TMSL) with local staff.
In addition to this being my first trip to the US, the first time
I had assembled mill roll stands, and the first time I had worked
with American staff (four new hires), it was obvious that my English abilities
were not up to the task. I felt an enormous amount of pressure prior to
my departure as I worried about whether I would be able to handle working
and living without any problems.
Everything was in a state of limbo when I arrived in the US,
but as the assembling machines neared completion, the pressure on me eased,
and I began to feel a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Although things were difficult, it was a turning point for me and
helped in my life as an ISOWA PEOPLE after that.
And now, let’s turn to Vol. 144 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER
We hope you like this edition.
Introducing the “E-Mail Magazine” in the E-Mail Magazine?!
—Initiatives from Manufacturing Division—
Hello everyone. I’m Nagisa Inui from the Customer Support/Service Department.
In this issue, we will look at ISOWA’s “In-house E-mail Magazine.”
ISOWA has been distributing in-house e-mail magazines
for the past several years from every department to all ISOWA PEOPLE
with coverage of each department’s initiatives and improvements.
In this issue, we share some excerpts from the e-mail magazine
of the Manufacturing Division (Machining Department/Assembly
● Machining Department
”Machine Tool Leveling”
Once every two years, the machine tools at the Corrugating Roll Plant are leveled.
“Leveling” is the task of making the machinery as level as possible
while watching a spirit level.
Daily use of machines distributes forces and vibration within the machine,
which can cause a slight tilt on equipment.
Operating the machinery in such conditions may cause defects on
the machined parts. Additionally, placing significant stress on machinery
may cause mechanical troubles in the worst cases.
To ensure that machine tools have a long life, we will continue to
perform daily maintenance properly.
● Assembly Department
“Reducing the man-hours required to install the IBIS Flexo folder gluer.”
The Assembly Department is endeavoring to reduce the man-hours required to install IBIS.
IBIS installation work can be generally divided into the following four different tasks:
In this effort, we focused on the rail-related area of these tasks to reduce
the man-hours required.
The rails-installation is the most important part of installing printing units
and also the most difficult task.
There are many anchor bolts and jacks to attach, which takes time,
and hours of squatting often leads to back pain. With improvement effort,
switching to the longer and thicker anchor bolts, we succeeded in achieving
the same load-bearing capacity with only half the number of anchor bolts.
This project was carried out by a core of members chosen from each department,
with the collective knowledge of many ISOWA PEOPLE.
The members of the Engineering Department, in particular, played a role,
drawing up blueprints from load calculations.
When the members of the Assembly Department, who actually performed
the installation using the new procedure, were asked their impressions, responses included:
・ “I thought it was an extremely innovative idea.”
・ “It reduced the waiting time for riggers and added flexibility to
the machinery delivery process.”
We will continue to consider more safety, and working together,
we want to create even simpler methods for installation that anyone can do.
● Purchasing Department
“Evolving electronic ordering system.”
The Purchasing Department has been using an electronic ordering system
since October 2018.
The current electronic ordering system allows the order-slips and drawings,
which were previously handed or mailed, to be sent as data via the internet cloud.
When ISOWA processes purchase orders, the order-slips and design data
are uploaded and then can be downloaded by TASUKE PEOPLE (vendors.)
The “new” electronic ordering system allows information to be exchanged
in both directions.
ISOWA can send information, and using the same system also allows
data to be shared. When ISOWA processes orders, TASUKE PEOPLE can check
them immediately on their screens. In addition to being able to see
the total number of issued orders or open orders , our team can also verify
the number of past-due orders in real-time.
In the future, as we develop the “new” ordering system,
we hope to cut down on the number of simple tasks and human errors even more.
We will continue to make efforts to reduce the time for simple
processing tasks. We will share ideas, work together to make
our procurement job easier. We shall use the time saved from
the process improved for pursuing “Make excellent products with
higher quality in less time.”
Even the slightest hint of “waste, overburden, or inconsistency”
in our day-to-day office operations is a chance for improvement!!
We will consult with both junior and senior staff and do our best to work
as efficiently as possible.
● Comments from the publisher of the Manufacturing Division e-mail magazine
Until approximately one year ago, the publication was called
the “Machining E-mail Magazine.”
Personnel in the Machining Department have few opportunities to meet customers,
and the activities of the department are mostly behind the scenes.
There were very few occasions for them to communicate anything about their department.
As the monthly distribution of the e-mail magazine began, the Machining
Department was able to convey the improvements they were undertaking daily
and their enthusiasm for the work to the entire company.
This activity spread to other departments, which led to the current form
of the Manufacturing division e-mail magazine.
The whole Manufacturing Division will continue to make ISOWA a lively place to be!
What did you think of these interviews?
At ISOWA, every department reviews its traditional methods of
doing things and collaborates with other departments for improvements.
Sharing the improvements made through the internal e-mail magazine creates
opportunities for new improvements and more communication between
departments. We learn things we did not know before, get hints for our work,
lead to improvements in our own departments, and inspire each other.
I believe such initiatives that extend throughout ISOWA enhance
our company and bring added value to the products we offer to customers,
which leads to making the corrugated paper people of the world happy.
We, the whole ISOWA company, will continue to devote ourselves to these efforts.
What is a new way to utilize a “video”?
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Now, gatherings are limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
So, we are looking for some ways to interact with each other by utilizing video.
As one of example, I’ll introduce the recent commendation
of our employees who have worked for many years.
▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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