Greetings from the President
What we do may not look glamorous, but we are proud to be supporting lives and industries in this world of microfabrication. There is no limit to the progress of technology. Thus, there is no end to the challenges facing IRISO SEIMITSU.
Let your impossible demands light our passion and drive us to the next level.
Message from Kiyokazu "Kiyo" Saito
Our work is to use machining centers and related software to create various forms and shapes from metal and/or plastic. As we work, we are also in constant pursuit of ideal next generation techniques to help shape the future of the manufacturing industry. Moreover we are committed to sharing information about what we do to an ever broadening audience.
Why did I choose this job? Because, as a child, I liked to make things.
When I joined this company 30 years ago, I thought, "If I am going to do it, I must become No.1." With this goal in mind I devoted myself to my work every day, often until very late at night. And while learning so much from my experienced senior partners, I tried to be someone who makes a contribution to society.
Then an unbelievable change occurred that had an enormous effect on the tools we use That is the IT revolution. I felt that this was great opportunity for us. This was the starting point of something new. I felt like everyone was now lined up at the same start line looking ahead at something new. Machining centers were linked with computers. Useful and powerful software was developed. Various tools were computerized. Design diagrams were drawn, not by hand anymore, but by computer, and the lines drawn in the computer were directly sent to machining centers, where exact lines were followed. And with a computer it became possible to dream all sorts of curved lines.
Machining centers, driven by computers, became more and more precise in microfabrication. We became free to invent new ways to work, and it was as if electricity ran through my body. I was inspired, and excited.
Inspiration and Implementation
From 1998 to 2000, I came up with "MC Modeling System", which proposed ways of manufacturing in the digital age. In 2006, this project was received an award from Nikkei Newspaper. Then using this system I thought about what could be done and started implementing these ideas. Today I try to get the word out about this system and its potential.
I created an "Aluminum Rose", which was cut out from metal ingot, like we carve wood to make sculptures. This I started in, maybe November, of 2001.
In the afternoon, I was engaged in general work, and after 8pm, I worked on the rose, and I worked until late at night. Still, it took me one year.
In May of 2004, "The Fairest Dice in the World," now introduced in high school mathematics textbooks, was completed. In September of the same year, "The Smallest Machined Dice in the World" were also made. I also succeeded in creating a precise 1/8 sized "Metallic Basara Taisho (lit. Divine General Basara)", whose original clay model was made 1300 years ago, and is now a national treasure. Professors at Tokyo University were surprised with this, and a professor in Convergence Engineering asked me to lecture there.
Around 2007, I realized that since innovation was changing manufacturing, the next wave of innovation would be in assembly. That is why I created "Micro Parts Handling System" in 2012.
I will explain to you why. With manufacturing innovation, it became possible for individuals to create things smaller than what the naked eye can see. So it is natural that we must be able to assemble such miniscule parts. I felt strongly that this was essential for growth of the manufacturing industry . Since it did not exist, I decided to make it on my own.
By doing so I thought it would invigorate the business I am dealing with: the manufacturing industry. Having no limits on size is quite a thrill. The senses must be fused with digital technology to create the next-generation manufacturing. I feel strongly about this. We must change, and keep in tune with the times, to make what is really necessary. Without doing so, I would not be able to pursue my mission of being someone who makes a contribution to society.
I Want To Be Useful
Now, my objective is to complete my mission.
<Question> How can one become a master craftsperson?
Well, I don’t really like the word "master", but that set aside, let me answer your question. You must find something you really like and are good at. If you are lucky enough to make it your vocation, then just keep on going further, with your whole heart, always remembering to be useful to the people around you. Then, I think, you will become a so called "master".
<Question> What is your next plan? Your next dream?
I would like to make clear what next-generation manufacturing will be like, create many many examples, and convey these ideas to people already in the manufacturing industry as well as people who wish to work in manufacturing in the future. I'd like to tell them about the limitless opportunities this industry has, and that every day and every job on the factory floor counts, so train well.
Do not limit yourself. You have limitless possibilities. Your tomorrow, your future can be anything. Find what you like, what you are good at. This search is what studying really is. Don't just listen to your parents, explore the world, and see what sort of work there is. At this instant, some place in the world another new kind of work is being created. You must train yourself to sense things. I would like for kids to be kind and generous while at the same time being egoistic. Maybe that is difficult!