Following a falsified data scandal earlier this month, officials say some Kobe Steel plants lack systems that automatically input product inspection data from measuring devices to produce inspection certificates.
The creation of inspection certificates “was not fully automated at our factories, leaving room for doing something irregular,” a senior Kobe Steel official said.
Workers at some plants have been writing down measurements by hand and manipulating the data before entering it into the computer systems. Believing that the manual input process has become a hotbed for data falsification, the steel maker plans to ensure that automated systems are used to handle inspection data.
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