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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Factory Study Tour : Toshiba 京浜事業所

Toshiba is well known as reputable electric manufacturer in Japan and within the world. Products from Toshiba are spread out from the small part with low voltage and low power consumption into products that employ higher voltage and higher power consumption. From notebook, household appliances into electric machinery and generator are some products of Toshiba with high quality warranty.

Fortunately this semester, we have a chance to visit one division of Toshiba Company as the second FST. It is one branch of Toshiba that located in Keihin Product Operation (京浜事業所). This division is focused on the manufacturing of Thermal Nuclear and Hydro Power Generator. As small notes, the similarities between these kinds of generator are laid down on how the machine could process water that could be uses as the main source energy to generate electricity. However, the process and the technical aspect constraint from both types are different.

At the beginning of FST, we saw presentation from Toshiba board explaining Toshiba Company and their activities. After that, we were divided into two groups and start the tour. Each group has guided to travel around the factory to see the production process and factory environment. We visit two areas, and the next tour we also have the same tour yet in different production.

During the tour we saw from step by step production process of generator. It was started from assembling the small part to build another part of generator into build the whole generator. We also saw additional process involve in the process that enable the quality control into the production process. It is obviously important to make sure the generator will have good quality when it complete and ready to sell on the market.

When we finished the tour, we gathered and have discussion session. In this section there were many questions into the board about Toshiba and all aspect related with it. One of the questions was questioning about the efficiency of the machine. As on the tour, the guide says the turbine machine produce from Toshiba has high efficiency that could achieve 99% efficiency. This value is amazing, since one of the biggest problems in the electrical machinery as well as in engineering aspect has laid down on the efficiency of a system or machine. But, for me it still amazing (if you don’t want to say unbelievable) a machine has very high efficiency.

After discussion session, at the end of the FST we have photo session with the boards of Toshiba before leaving and back to school.
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