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Announcement of the Winning Robots in the 6th Robot AwardsMETI to recognize and exhibit robots with the potential to contribute to future markets

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been holding the Robot Awards program to recognize the most outstanding robots for their present and future potential contribution to creating new markets. Concerning the 6th Robot Awards this year, METI hereby announces the winning robots, as well as details of the award ceremony and the exhibition of the winning robots.

1. Objective of the Awards

In order to foster innovation in robotics technologies and expand their application, as well as driving demand for such technologies, the program was launched in 2006, and has selected and recognized robots that excel in terms of their present or future potential contribution to market development inside and outside Japan. (Organizers: METI and the Japan Machinery Federation).

2. Selection procedure

Under the 6th Robot Awards program, the special committee (chaired by Mr. Hirofumi Miura, Advisor, Kogakuin University) and the examination and steering committee (chaired by Dr. Hajime Asama, Professor, Department of Precision Engineering, University of Tokyo) examined 86 applications received during the period from mid-May to late-July 2014 and determined the winners of the 6th Robot Award (METI Minister’s Award), the Best SME Venture Prize (Small and Medium Enterprise Agency Commissioner’s Award), the Japan Machinery Federation President Award, the Examination Committee Special Award, and the Awards of Excellence.

The selected winner of the 6th Robot Award was a machine titled “High-speed Multi-function Modular Placing Machine NXT III,” which was developed by Fuji Machine MFG., Co., Ltd.

For details of other winners, see Appendix 1.

Winner of the 6th Robot Award (METI Minister’s Award)
High-speed Multi-function Modular Placing Machine NXT III

Developer:
Fuji Machine MFG
Outline:
The winning robot is a module-type mounter machine for electronic components, in which the head (an end for mounting electronic components) is exchangeable according to the size of components even under the operation mode, realizing a highly-precise, total system in which an automatic correction technology using camera images and image processing and other technologies are employed.
The committees’ view:
The highly-precise, high-speed mounter for electronic components enables the mounting of more than 35,000 chips per hour, accounting for a 30% or more share in the global market in the field. The committees recognized the outstanding achievement, which shows Japan’s high-level production technology to the world.


3. Awards ceremony

Date: From 10:45, October 15 (Wed.), 2014
Venue: Main Stage, East Hall 3, Tokyo Big Sight, 3-21-1, Ariake, Koto Ward, Tokyo

The winning robots will be publicly exhibited from October 15 (Wed.) to 17 (Fri.), 2014 (free of charge; from 10:00 to 17:00). On October 15 (Wed.), the winners will hold presentations from 13:30 to 16:30.

The awards ceremony and robot exhibition will be held as part of the “Japan Robot Week 2014” event (http://www.nikkan.co.jp/eve/s-robot/eng/index.htmlExternal Site Link). The event will both exhibit state-of-the-art service robots and provide a large forum, aiming at facilitating the use of robots in society and the technical innovation of robots, as well as promoting the robot industry. METI is looking forward to seeing you there.

Appendices

  1. Winning Robots of the 6th Robot Award, the Best SME Venture Prize, the Japan Machinery Federation President Award, the Examination Committee Special Award, and the Awards of Excellence (PDF:1,001KB) PDF File(in Japanese)
  2. Information on the awards ceremony, winners’ presentations, and public exhibition of winning robots (PDF:166KB) PDF File(in Japanese)

Release Date

October 10, 2014

Division in Charge

Robot Industry Office, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Related Information

Robot Industry
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