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Suzuka Factory, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Sustained Environmental Awareness Bears Fruit: Development of an Automatic Monitor ON/OFF App Three Years in the Waiting

Key “last-line defenders” of Honda quality

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Koichi Umemoto, Manager

Koichi Umemoto, Manager

Vehicle Quality Dept., Vehicle Assurance Division, Suzuka Factory, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

In the first seven years after joining Honda in 1989, made flush and gap adjustments (inspection and correction of any misalignments and gaps between different parts where they meet) as part of finished vehicle repairs. Thereafter, oversaw acceptance quality of purchased parts (fabricated by suppliers), and worked in this field for five years in the UK. Returned to Japan in 2007 and gained experience in managing parts quality and product technology. Now supervises finished vehicle inspection work as manager of the Vehicle Quality Dept.

Itaru Usami, Staff Engineer

Itaru Usami, Staff Engineer

Vehicle Quality Dept., Vehicle Assurance Division, Suzuka Factory, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Joined Honda in 2007 bringing along his experience in the development of electronic control units. In the Vehicle Quality Dept., built inspection assurance systems for electronic components, and then gained experience managing 100% inspections. Currently manages facilities and supervises the group in charge of ordering, installing, and maintaining inspection machinery and tools.

Toshiaki Yokota, Engineering Coordinator

Toshiaki Yokota, Engineering Coordinator

Vehicle Quality Dept., Vehicle Assurance Division, Suzuka Factory, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

Joined Honda in 2013. Works in maintenance of vehicle inspection facilities in Suzuka Factory’s Vehicle Quality Dept, including overseeing the introduction of worker support devices. Utilizing his student experience in software development, developed the application that automatically turns monitors on and off. Has also developed applications to support the division’s qualifications management, organizational changes, and aggregation of vehicle inspection data.