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Employees Discuss Their Jobs
 and Why They Chose Kohshin

  • Daisuke Hanatani
  • Nobuhiro Hino
  • Yuta Sugihara

Daisuke Hanatani
First Technology Section, Sales/Technology Department
Kohshin employee since 2007
Graduated from electronic/electrical engineering department of engineering faculty

Why Kohshin?

I chose Kohshin because I wanted to design current sensors. Current sensors are components needed for precision control of inverters and hybrid vehicles. I feel they’re important components that should have growing market demand in the years ahead, so I wanted to be involved in designing them myself.

What work do you do now, and how is it rewarding?

I design and develop current sensors. My job is to create the structural design that will fit into the desired user system, and the circuit design needed to satisfy the desired electrical characteristics. While doing this work, I also handle internal design reviews at the section and group level. Components need to satisfy high-precision electrical characteristic requirements at a cost low enough to withstand demanding price competition, so we need to create designs that break with convention and continually improve our understanding of single-component characteristics. Incorporating both these requirements into product designs is a struggle, but it’s all worth it when we succeed.

What would you say to Kohshin applicants?

As you can tell from Kohshin’s job descriptions, you’ll have a lot to do here since we need to do a wide range of design work—everything from structural to circuit design. But the wide range of work we do makes the job rewarding. If you’re considering joining this rewarding workplace, I encourage you to apply and hope we get the chance to work together.

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Nobuhiro Hino
Second Technology Section, Sales/Technology Department
Kohshin employee since 2009
Graduated in electronics engineering from graduate engineering school

Why Kohshin?

My first encounter with Kohshin was using Kohshin current sensors in my university’s lab, which got me interested enough in the company to attend a Kohshin presentation and tour. The tour of the company included a look at the automated production of current sensors for hybrid vehicles at a (then) brand-new Kohshin plant. I felt that current sensors had a lot of future potential for use in growth fields such as energy-saving and solar power generation. I joined the company because I really wanted to play a part in developing those products.

What work do you do now, and how is it rewarding?

My present job is developing and designing current sensors for industrial applications. They’re used in many areas, such as machine tools, elevators, solar power generation and trains. We deal with a large number of users around the world. I currently work in new product development. I handle circuit and PCB design, simulations and prototype evaluations, and work on achieving the target cost and performance. Current sensors are vital components in user systems. Struggling to solve difficult problems to satisfy the user is a rewarding process that gives me a large sense of accomplishment.

What would you say to Kohshin applicants?

I have a lot of really great mentors at Kohshin, and always feel I can ask them about anything I don’t understand. And since many of the employees here are quite young, I’ve been able to make friendships extending beyond the workplace. I sometimes go to baseball games with workmates or get together with them outside work. Although Kohshin is a small company, it’s a high-energy workplace that will give you plenty of opportunities to try new things. I welcome anyone who wants to join our team and help us realize our ambitions.

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Yuta Sugihara
Production Management Group, Engineering Section, Headquarters Plant
Kohshin employee since 2009
Graduated in electronic machinery

Why Kohshin?

I like manufacturing, and Kohshin felt like an attractive and rewarding choice. It has a high share of the current sensor market, manufactures and sells current sensors used in cutting-edge hybrid vehicles, and is making advances in the field of environmentally-sound current sensors.

What work do you do now, and how is it rewarding?

I work for the Production Management Group, supplying parts to materials management processes and lines, and operating the Production Management System. The Production Management Group is the key department for production activities. It does everything from creating manufacturing line production plans to managing part supply deadlines. I’m still quite inexperienced, but I learn something new every day. I eventually want to become the Kohshin authority on current sensor production systems and productivity improvements. When I first started at Kohshin, I was in charge of assembly and inspections on current sensor manufacturing lines. I worked with a 15-member team tasked with achieving the ‘vertical startup’ of a cutting-edge manufacturing line for new vehicle-mounted products. ‘Vertical startup’ means the line needed to start operating at full capacity from day one, without problems. The team and I managed to meet the user’s production increase goal, so I feel all our efforts and hard work paid off. The Production Management Group is now making drastic changes to operations, and I’m struggling to keep up with a lot of things I don’t understand. But with a lot of guidance from senior employees, I’ve managed to handle the electronic part and PCB mounting lines.

What would you say to Kohshin applicants?

Kohshin is a very dynamic company. It’s an environment that fosters enthusiasm for work and the desire for self-improvement. I’m glad I joined. I encourage prospective employees to join us.