ISOWA NEWS LETTER
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1├ Introducing the Training System for New ISOWA Employees
2├ Assembly Donation from President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
I am Tomonori Matsumura from the Overseas Service Department.
What do you think the manners of car drivers are like in your country? Good or bad?
I commute to ISOWA by train. The road from the nearest station to my company is
extremely narrow and cars slow down a lot when they pass each other. But this is the
suburbs and there are no sidewalks. Even if I walk right on the edge of the road,
it’s quite scary when cars come up from behind or pass by to the side. If it’s raining
and puddles form, water sprays up from passing cars and often splashes onto
the shoes and clothes of pedestrians.
The national character of the Japanese people is to basically follow the traffic rules.
But when it rains or snows, few drivers are aware of pedestrians and I feel that
they still don’t think enough about other people. No matter what they are driving or
what their situation is, it’d be good if they would put themselves in the position of other
people and show more consideration. So, what’s it like in your country?
And now, let’s turn to Vol. 103 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Introducing the Training System for New ISOWA Employees
Hi, I am Shingo Saegusa from the Tokyo Domestic Sales Office.
In no time at all, seven months have passed since the start of the new financial year.
All the new employees who joined the company in April have finished their training period
and have now been assigned to various departments for four months.
When I visit customers, I often hear that they say things like, “I have no idea how to
train our new employees” or “We have no training system and haven’t created an
environment that makes it easy to foster new employees.”
After repeated trial and error with training, we still enter April every year discussing
how we can teach new employees basic knowledge and manners required
for professionals and how to get them to learn their jobs quickly.
In this ISOWA NEWS LETTER, we’ll introduce some parts of the ISOWA training system
for new employees. I’ll be happy if it is a useful reference for you.
1) New employee training process
1. The human resources manager suggests the timing for the various departments
to accept the new employees.
2. The department managers select the personnel responsible for new employee
training and discuss the content of the training. The people in charge meet to decide
the actual contents of the training.
3. Safety education and safety lectures are conducted in each department before
4. Job rotation is performed to rotate the trainees through all departments.
2) New employee training in each department
◎Assembly Department, Machining Department
The Assembly and Machining Dojo (*) is a place where trainees repeatedly perform
tasks with due consideration of safety to learn skills and expertise. There, the trainees
thoroughly focus on mastering the basic foundations and learn enough knowledge and
skills to handle unexpected work occurring at an installation site to a certain level,
even if they are not assigned to the Assembly Department or Machining Department.
(*) The Assembly and Machining Dojo is a booth in the corner of the factory where
experienced staff offer guidance to new employees on assembly and machining.
The Assembly Department concentrates on practical training on basics such as
hole boring and tapping in sheet steel and castings, installing grease and other pipes,
and drill bit sharpening.
The Machining Department teaches basics such as machining on a lathe,
the differences in machined surfaces due to different tool tip shapes,
and how to read engineering drawings.
Teaches basic knowledge about the corrugator, flexo folder gluer machine, and
corrugated paper industries from the viewpoint of currently active sales team.
As some things are difficult to understand or visualize through classroom
learning alone, the trainees visit customers’ factories to experience
corrugated paper manufacturing machines.
The sound, heat, and physical length of an actual corrugated paper manufacturing
machine provide a good stimulus to new employees.
As a sales team has to create quotes and other documents, the trainees learn how
to read such documents and acquire the appropriate mental attitude of a sales team.
On the final day of training in the Sales Department, the trainees give a presentation on
what they learned during the training and on one model of corrugator or flexo folder gluer.
The major training topic in the Engineering Department is to experience a series of
tasks to modify existing machines or add elements to them. A tabletop single facer
is used for this training.
As the name suggests, a tabletop single facer is like a small and simple model
that can sit on a table and show the structure of single faced web.
The topic of the training is to think about the mechanisms and elements that can be added
to the tabletop single facer.
New employees this year considered the following two mechanisms and created
conceptual drawings and assembly drawings for them:
1) Adding a glue roll and pressure roll to the tabletop single facer; and
2) Opening the curtain that works according to the operation of the tabletop
single facer to illuminate the ISOWA logo.
This training was attempted this year for the first time.
When training on the structure of machines is complete, the trainees learn about
adhering corrugated paper.
They are introduced to the pin adhesion tester for measuring the strength
of corrugated paper. They stick single faced web and liners together with
various types of glue and then test and study their comparative strengths.
After all the training is complete, they observe various machines in our factory.
They also get to experience operating a flexo folder gluer and replacing the printing plates.
◎Electrical Engineering Department
Teaches the role of electrical engineering in ISOWA and details about the work.
Electricity is an invisible form of energy that is all around us. Trainees learn that
this energy can be a killer when it is handled incorrectly and they have to pay close
attention to conducting parts. Tools are required to install a machine, so they learn
how to use nippers, wire strippers, screwdrivers, and crimpers.
As an understanding of electrical diagrams is required to work with electricity,
the trainees learn about switches, relay coils and contacts, and lamps while observing
The topic of the training is a circuit that turns on a lamp while the ON button is pressed.
The new employees tackle the problems below to understand how the circuit works.
Draw a diagram of the following circuit.
The lamp remains on when the ON button is released.
The lamp turns off when the OFF button is pressed.
Using a timer, the lamp turns on automatically 3 seconds after the ON button is pressed.
Make the hardware for Problem 1.
Make the software for Problem 2.
Using this circuit, the trainees learn basic electrical knowledge while creating the software.
Considering the actual work flow and focusing mainly on each role, trainees are taught
the appropriate business manners as professionals through negotiation and
communication with business partners based on the fundamentals of
Q (quality), C (cost), D (delivery).
This department is divided into four fields: HR, Accounting, Cost, and Systems.
The trainees are taught how to write various forms and salary statements and
they learn how accounting and cost accounting works. To enhance their awareness
of security, they receive knowledge about virus threats such as ransomware and
information leaks and a description of the ISOWA security policy. At the same time,
they learn how to write business mail and how to use Excel.
The administration training comes at the end of the training period. So that the trainees
can understand the tasks that they learned in the other departments as an overall work
flow through ISOWA, they revise what they learned while considering the flow of forms
through the company, how the in-house systems work, and relationships to the
I hope you gained a little understanding of the training system at ISOWA.
Actually, it is only recently that this type of training system has been implemented
in our company.
I’d be delighted to hear about any interesting training ideas at your company or
about any training that led to faster nurturing of new employees.
Let one of our sales team know if you have any issues with new employee training.
We’ll be happy to help as much as we can with this, even if it is not related to
manufacture or machines.
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
When I visited a customer last month, I found something at the entrance.
▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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