ISOWA NEWS LETTER
2019/01 Vol. 117
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1├ Looking back at the Open House
2├ Open House 2018
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
Hello, everyone. This is Takano from the Export Department.
Recently, it has become clear to me how much my physical fitness
has declined, and I have been experiencing numerous problems.
Therefore, I have made up my mind to start doing strength training.
On my way home from work, I found a gym that is inexpensive and
has the kinds of machines that I need, so I joined immediately.
I hadn’t exercised for about five years, so I started training about
30 to 50 minutes, once per week. I unexpectedly and suddenly
encountered someone from the office, and both of us were surprised!
When I asked him how often he exercises and he told me that
he exercises three times a week, for up to two and a half hours at a time,
I was even more surprised!!
I have made a new resolution to work hard without succumbing to defeat,
while dreaming of my stomach becoming smaller and my body becoming
lighter a year from now.
If I have another chance this time next year, I will give all of you an update.
And now, let’s turn to Vol. 117 of the ISOWA NEWS LETTER.
We hope you like this edition.
Looking back at the Open House
Hello, everyone. Thank you for always being helpful.
This is Fujikawa of the Customer Support/Service Department,
East Japan Group.
We hosted the Open House for two days, from November 28th to 29th.
The Open House was an event which brought together the
collective efforts of ISOWA.
Thanks to all of you, 164 people from 87 companies attended
over the two days, and the Open House ended as a great success.
This issue looks back and discusses what the Open House was like.
I would be delighted if I am able to bring as much of the enthusiasm
present at the Open House as possible to all of you who were
unable to attend due to conflicting schedules.
Please read through it in your spare time.
┃Ⅰ┃ Open House digest
This Open House introduced to everyone the two ways
in which we have further advanced the concept of
“Human-Friendly and KIKAI*-Friendly”.
About our company’s development concept of
“Human-Friendly and KIKAI-Friendly” is……
This means making it possible for those employed in manufacturing,
such as operators, to return home to their beloved families
safely and promptly.
KIKAI-Friendly has two meanings. The first one is being
“Machine (Kikai)-Friendly” by achieving the maximum effects of
the machines with their original performance rather than simply improving
their specifications; in other words, having less stress on machines.
The second meaning is “reduction of opportunity (Kikai) loss”.
Based on that concept, we presented our newly developed machines
to all the visitors.
“So-lution” CF60 + KOHLER Water Deck
Sheet warp in corrugators is so difficult to solve that it is referred to as
“a permanent problem” in the industry, and it is the one many corrugated
We are aware of the mechanism what causes warp.
Even though we are aware of the mechanism what causes the warp,
there has not been fundamental solution. Additionally, the recent increase
of small-lot multi-product production, especially in Japan, has a major
impact on such sheet warp issue, which results Kikai-loss.
(Loss of opportunities)Specific examples are Sheet stack inversion work
for warp correction, sheet return and inspection work, reduction of
corrugator speed, print failure during the finishing process, and jam up.
What we introduced as the solution to sheet warp is
the “反リューション” (“So-lution”).
The name is a compound of “反り” (“Sori”, Japanese for “warp”)
and “ソリューション” (“solution”).
With the CF60 and KOHLER Water Deck, we introduced an unconventional
and fundamental solution to warp.
The KOHLER Water Deck is a new mechanism capable of freely
controlling warp by changing the application amount of the moisture.
Visitors to the Open House, by watching videos, could see changes
in the amount of warp by changing the application amount of the
moisture and that it is possible to manufacture flat sheets free from warp
by controlling the amount of moisture applied, even when the production
speed has been drastically changed.
Also, we used videos, data, and paper run demonstrations to show to
visitors that it is not only useful against warp, but also is effective for
increasing the adhesive strength of processing thick paper because
the application of water improves the absorption of the glue into the paper.
Moreover, the CF60 has a strong emphasis on “visualization”, and one
of its strengths is that it allows you to see:
– temperature regularities, sufficient heat, and excessive heat
by using thermography
– edge misalignment, and glue dam position by using the glue dam camera
– vapor pressure drops, drain discharge status, and vapor usage
by using the steam system
This makes it possible to increase speed easily, and it clarifies the state
of production, even when using thick paper
“Bad Luck Out, Good Luck Accelerated!” IBIS
Presently, there are people who think of IBIS if someone mentions
ISOWA and people who think of the “Edge Opener” if someone mentions IBIS,
and the word “Edge Opener” has become a byword for “IBIS”.
The first time we introduced IBIS, it was at the Open House two years ago.
As an example of “Bad Luck Out, Good Luck In!”, we presented
a new technology which allows for production with high joint accuracy
of extremely difficult boxes, the “Edge Opener” fishtailing correction device,
which received a major reaction from those in attendance.
Thanks to you, the IBIS, which the first model was delivered in 2008,
has reached 100 orders and has enjoyed an extremely great reputation.
Meanwhile, the “Edge Opener” has a limited production speed of
160 sheets per minute, which has become a cause of opportunity
loss depending on complexity of box shapes.
We introduced an improved version of the “Edge Opener” as
an example of “Bad Luck Out, Good Luck Accelerated!”
Users of IBIS often told us that, “The ’Edge Opener’ is capable of
such fine joint accuracy, so we want you to make it faster!” However,
with the conventional control, keeping the paper run at 200 sheets/minute
resulted in a misalignment of around 100 mm or more in the timing of
the opening of the edge plate against the target timing.
So there was the problem of control not being as possible as we expected.
Therefore, we have reexamined the electrical machinery and
control program from scratch, and increased the speed by improving it
so that it is within a range of around 10 mm.
The way it is written above might make you think that it is a simple matter,
but controlling the timing with an extremely precise accuracy of
0.001 seconds, or 1/1000th of a second, was necessary in order to
increase the speed.
The box used during the paper run demonstration was the following product.
Flute : AB
Materials: K210 x S120 x S120 x S120 x K210
Dimensions: Width: 870 mm (Box depth: 678 mm) x Length: 1,123 mm
Speed: 200 sheets/minute (bundles of 10 sheets)
The box shape is extremely difficult, and it is difficult to achieve
joint accuracy in tubular boxes, but we received many compliments
from customers while they inspected the products during the time
after the paper running.
In the future as well, we will advocate for the concept of “Human-Friendly
and KIKAI-Friendly”, and work hard to be as useful as possible in solving
the problems and concerns of our customers.
We would appreciate it if you would continue to provide your warm support
for us at ISOWA.
┃Ⅱ┃ Open House digest -booths-
At the Open House, we set up booths which explain ISOWA’s improving
corporate culture, technology, services, and machines, in addition to
the booths for the CF60 + KOHLER Water Deck and IBIS, which visitors
were allowed to visit as they pleased.
These booths are briefly introduced below.
◎ Special Jury Award, the Most human touched company award
At the Eighth annual “Japan’s Most valuable Company Awards”,
we won the Special Jury Award.
This is our project of spreading, among our company and to persons
who visit our company, with environmentally-friendly activities such as
reducing energy and waste, planting trees at the company,
collecting waste around the company, and greeting activities.
◎ iEM2 (Corrugator Production Controller)
This is a production controller that has been further improved
by incorporating requests from customers, such as the display
of production information by using mobile devices, traceability functions,
and the addition of parameters which correspond to product quality.
◎ DC3 exhibit
Exhibited a rotary die cutter sold by ISOWA in 1967, and showed
visitors the history of the development of new value.
◎ Introduction to maintenance that can be performed by customers
We set up a booth which introduced maintenance that can be
performed by customers.
There, we introduced inspection methods we would like customers
to perform so that they can retain machine performance and maintain
Would you like to see the results of the questionnaires we conducted
on the attendees of the Open House, as well as the impressions
and thoughts from the project members?
Please stay tuned to the next issue.
Open House 2018
From President Isowa’s Blog, ISOWA DIARY
We had an annual open house event last week.
170 customers visited this year.
▼To read more about it, visit the below website
(President Isowa’s blog, ISOWA DIARY)
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