At any point of the digital transition,…
The change to new industries and working models towards the post-corona “new normal” is progressing. What could now and in the future be the small and medium-sized manufacturing sector that has helped the domestic manufacturing industry? We asked Mr. Otsubo and Mr. Miyamoto to learn about how to cope with corona sickness and digital transition, who are seeking to remoteize on-site jobs and taking on the burden of emerging companies (DX) (DX).
12:17 GMT, Saturday, November 28, 2020
The outbreak of the new coronavirus infection (hereinafter referred to as the new corona) outbreak started to be identified as an issue in Japan from about February 2020 and a state of emergency was declared in April of the same year. Neither business, of course, was intact.
Otsubo: The new Corona has had an enormous effect on our business. I have tried to take on the challenge of the aerospace industry in recent years, and I have now begun to collect orders little by little. A large amount of capital has been spent in the aviation-related industry, assuming that once it can be obtained (successful ordering), it will take a long time” and I have strong hopes for the future.
However the outlook for next year and beyond has been unclear as a result of each country’s travel restrictions triggered by the current corona, which has affected the travel market and the aviation industry itself. I never thought it was going to happen.
The slump has been difficult several times, and I have been focusing on ventures other than the aerospace sector in a wide variety of industries. That said, company-wide, the aerospace work has been completed, so it’s a difficult situation.
As the number of client workers is declining, there is a natural decline in the number of welding orders we get. I still had jobs in the previous term until about April, but since spring, the welding teaching work and the welding work itself have ceased. I switched to “let’s do what we can” and have to do something” in that process. One of these is the remote welding job.
A welder who was concerned about commuting by train asked me if I could operate from home when the state of emergency was declared. I figured I might have a preparation job at first but I turned to the remote welding work challenge. This is because there is a home-use IoT (Internet of Things) welding machine developed for welding classes, and it seems that welding craftsmen can take it home and use it.
For the Miyamoto Welding School, which teaches welding technology to a broad range of people, the IoT welding machine was created. To the TIG welder that works even with a household power source, a contact feature is attached.
The factory and the craftsman’s home were linked with an online conference tool during remote work. The IoT welding machine’s welding surface is fitted with a contact receipt and a web camera that can be used to verify how I weld at home and advise craftsmen to do the job. I’m going to do that. Welding factory work needs guidance when watching the work, but it is easy to do the same online. The welding quality did not pose a concern.
We also adopted a cloud-based production management system for some time, and trades using SNS have become routine, and development, milestones, and performance have been handled without problems. I was able to practice the remote work of artisans without much effort until I made the decision. The viability of in-house remote jobs has now been evident by eliminating the constraints on working places and possibilities.
In the other hand, concerns such as the need to distinguish “work that can be applied to remote home work and work that can only be done at the site” safety concern, and emotional assistance such as changing the emotions of artisans have become apparent. .. In the future, I want to make use of different learning options.