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Quality & Environment

We implemented a greenification project for the Fukushima Plant by incorporating a large number of bioindicator trees used as an index for determining environmental integrity. (Photograph: Zelkova trees)

Quality initiatives

In order to offer better safety and quality to customers, the HIRAKAWA HEWTECH Group takes quality control very seriously. To ensure that we meet requests for many different products of a highly specific and specialized nature in a short time while delivering consistent quality, we use production methods that take into account quality control, such as ensuring digitally product reliability from the development and design stages. Along with introducing an operator certification system and a certification examiner system, we constantly work to improve quality through JI (Job Innovation) activities.

Environmental activities ~Thoroughgoing of all the process from procurement of raw materials, Design, distribution, consumption and waste material.~

HIRAKAWA HEWTECH Group holds the environmental principle that "preserving the global environment is the most important common task of mankind", and deeply aware of our responsibility, we make the implementation of this principle one of our corporate management imperatives.

All our establishments have or are acquiring ISO14001 certification, and through all our processes, ranging from the procurement of materials to research, manufacturing, distribution, consumption, and disposal, we set and follow voluntary standards, and implement various management systems and audits, while observing existing regulations.

Each one of our bases has an environmental control committee set up to deal on an organization level with energy saving, the promotion of recycling, and other environment-related issues, and environmental activities are implemented as part of daily operations.

As a manufacturer of materials handling, to eliminate the environmental impact from material, not only to meet the UL CSA and various standards but also working actively to develop "equivalent to the conventional products in terms of process and quality"

Environmental activities


Internal production of materials:
The compounds used as the sheathing material for cables and tubes are produced within the HIRAKAWA HEWTECH Group in line with a Control Standard for Handling Chemical Substances.


Halogen-free electric wires:
The HIRAKAWA HEWTECH Group manufactures products designed to have minimal impact on the environment, such as PVC-free electric wires in order to reduce the level of dioxin in the environment, and halogen-free electric wires which do not contain halogenated flame retardants.



Environmental audit tools & manuals for parts, materials, etc.

The following tools and manuals can be downloaded.

Our survey of chemical substances are compliant with JAMP and JGPSSI. For more information, please check at the following links.
JAMP http://www.jamp-info.com/
JGPSSI has been dissolved and some activities are transited to Japanese VT62474.
Japanese VT62474 published Survey Response tool Ver4.31 which uses the same format as JGPSSI .
Survey Response Tool and Manuals are on Japanese VT62474 homepage.
All the document can be downloaded for free.
URL:
http://www.vt62474.jp/tool_v431_eg.html

ISO9000 certification status and Scope

August 1997: ME Dept. ISO9001
October 1998: Device Dept. ISO9001
December 2001: Cable divisions (all): ISO9001
November 2005: Entire company (including Sales Division.): ISO9001

ISO14000 certification status and Scope

January 2000: Fukushima Plant: ISO14001
February 2002: Koga General R&D Plant, Niigata Plant: ISO14001

Certification & Safety Standards

Japan

May 1959: NDS (The ministry of Defence Standard)  
March 1998: Application of NTT NQAS  
April 2001: Electrical Appliance and Material Safety Law PSE

Overseas

May 1963: UL (U.S.)
May 1963: CSA (Canada)
November 1966: AS (Australia)  
October 1971: VDE (Germany)
February 1972: NEMKO (Norway)
July 1972: BSI (U.K.)
October 1972: FIMKO (Finland)
October 1972: KEMA (Netherlands)
November 1972: CEBEC (Belgium)
November 1972: SEV (Switzerland)
December 1972: SEMKO (Sweden)
November 1973: DEMKO (Denmark)
August 1976: OVE (Australia)
May 1997: GB (China)  
November 1999: IRAM (Argentina)  
July 2002: SS (Singapore)  
February 2012: INMETR (Brazil)