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Spirit of quality first

Spirit of quality first

Ono Plant, Fluid Division
Mr. MASUYAMA

Mr. Masuyama

Spirit of quality first

Ono Plant, Fluid Division
Mr. MASUYAMA

When he joined the company, he was engaged in various machining processes. "When I was younger, I was very conscious about finishing as many parts as possible in a short time." However, the quality was not satisfactory because he only focused on speed, and he sometimes received strict warnings from his superiors. He eventually started paying attention to quality while watching the way his superiors worked. "I realized the importance of supplying products with stable quality, while paying attention to the lead time." The manufacturing site was using numerically controlled (NC) lathes which automatically perform machining just by inputting a program. However, Mr. Masuyama selected the rotational speed and shape of the edge tools suitable for the material of the parts, and he checked the actual finish with his eyes and hands to ascertain the peculiarities of the machine. He also made fine adjustments of the numeric values in some cases. In order to improve the level of finish, he continued to make an "extra effort with his hands."

In addition to machining processes, he gained experience in various departments, such as progress management and assembly in the Engineering Section. Currently, he is involved in the manufacturing of fixtures in the Production Engineering Department, as well as improvement of the workplace, such as changing the layout of the plant. Nevertheless, his "spirit of quality first" will never change. He mentioned "I always think about what I can do to make the manufacturing easier." In the changing of the plant layout, he conducted numerous examinations of the suitable layout from the viewpoint of the workers, while considering the installed condition of the equipment. He mentioned that "even though my position changed from manufacturing products to supporting manufacturing, I will never change my [spirit of manufacturing high-quality products]."

Mr. Masuyama became a "Master Engineer*1" from the spring of 2016. "This is a great honor which makes me realize the importance of my mission to pass on my skills to future generations." He conducts activities as an employee with a designated title, and provides training through daily work. Not only to pass on the skills I have acquired in the past, but also as a craftsman, "I would like to pass on the spirit of an engineer by demonstrating an attitude of quality first in daily work."

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Tools and Tape Measure

He uses tools, such as a wrench, screwdriver and air drill, etc. to create fixtures with his hands. "I use these tools regularly because I can make fixtures safely." He always keeps a tape measure in his pocket. "If I notice anything, I immediately measure it and make adjustments."

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Longing for a senior Craftsman

Longing
for a Senior Craftsman

Longing for a senior Craftsman

Mr. Teraura (left in photo) is engaged in machining processes, and works in a department different than Mr. Masuyama. However, he obtains instruction from Mr. Masuyama when he takes a National Skills Test and participates in internal skills competitions. Mr. Teraura mentioned that "Mr. Masuyama is strict when he deals with manufacturing as a craftsman, but as an instructor he gives me advice kindly and patiently." In the skills competition event "Monozukuri Hyogo*2" which he participated in for the first time he was very disappointed because he couldn't demonstrate his ability sufficiently. He realized the difficulty of making high-quality products in any situation. He excitedly said, "I want to learn skills from Mr. Masuyama as much as possible, and keep practicing so that I surely win the next competition." I understood that the skill and spirit of Mr. Masuyama is certainly being passed on to the younger generation, looking at Mr. Teraura seriously listening to the advice of Mr. Masuyama in front of a lathe.
*2 "Monozukuri Hyogo" Skills Competition Event: This skills competition for young engineers in Hyogo Prefecture is sponsored by the Hyogo Vocational Ability Development Association.