Ensuring a globally common quality level
The Hitachi Construction Machinery Group is implementing various initiatives to maintain the same quality around the world and to continuously provide products that satisfy customers.
One such an initiative is the “Global Monozukuri Diagnosis” conducted at all our production bases around the world. This initiative was launched in FY 2005 as the “Global Quality Diagnosis ” with the aim of improving the quality level at each production site. The diagnostic chart was subsequently revised to evaluate not only quality but also overall SQDC (safety, quality, delivery, and cost), and since FY2014, it has been conducted as the “Global Monozukuri Diagnosis. In accordance with the diagnostic table for each production process, such as welding and machining, we evaluate each item by checking operations and actual products onsite and take countermeasures if any items require improvement. These ongoing efforts lead to the realization of quality that is the same around the world.
In addition, the development of excellent human resources is indispensable for Monozukuri. Since 2008, Hitachi Construction Machinery Japan has accepted engineers from production sites in Japan and overseas for training to develop Monozukuri engineer. This is a three-year program that includes various training courses mainly at the Tsuchiura Works. The engineers bring back the technologies and ways of thinking acquired in the training to their production bases and share Hitachi Construction Machinery’s Monozukuri with their colleagues.
As global initiatives, we hold the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group International Skills Competition and the Company-wide Small Group Activity Presentation Contest. The International Skills Competition has been held since 2000, in which contestants selected from each production site, including those overseas, compete in eight events: welding, painting, measuring, assembly, transportation, machining, welding robotics, and equipment maintenance. The company-wide small group activity presentation contest is held at the same time as the competition, and groups that have won the selection contests at each company gather to make presentations at this contest. Through mutual training, the participants not only grow as individuals, but also revitalize the organization.
The international Skills Competition in FY2022 has been held at the Kasumigaura Institute for three days in November. This is the first one since the COVID-19 has been expanded. 62 participants from Japan, India and Indonesia (totally 11 overseas people) are competed 8 categories. Additionally, the company-wide small group activity presentation convention has been held in November for 2 days and totally 19 groups from Japan and overseas are joined. These presentations are shared via the Internet for related companies, and many employees have watched it.
We will continue to pursue the manufacture of products that meet safety and quality standards and that can be used with confidence by customers in any country in the world.