Mujin, Inc. won the Ministry of Education Award for its development of the intelligent robot controller “MujinController” in the 9th Technology Management and Innovation Awards.
The Technology Management and Innovation Award is hosted by Japan Techno-Economics Society to present examples of outstanding innovations changing the world.
The development of MujinController won the award as the achievement of improving productivity in logistics and manufacturing sites and expanding the robot market had been highly evaluated. In addition, Mujin’s abilities to conceive the idea and manage the processes which enabled to realize the innovation in the face of many difficulties had also been recognized.
The intelligent robot controller, “MujinController,” makes the robot intelligent by connecting it to an industrial robot, and realizes difficult automation in a short period of time.
When setting up an industrial robot, it was necessary to program the movements one by one (teaching), which required a lot of money and time. In addition, the productivity of robots vary depending on the teaching ability of the person in charge, so the exact effectiveness was unclear until the setup is completed.
Moreover, since a robot faithfully repeats the taught movements, it was almost impossible to automate such a complicated process where handling a wide range of items placed randomly and changed frequently.
In order to solve the problem, Mujin develops MujinController, which enables an industrial robot to flexibly think and execute optimal movements according to the situation.
With MujinController, it became possible to automate complicated processes, and to realize a stable and high-quality robot system in a short period of time. As a result, it has improved the productivity in logistics and manufacturing, and expanded the robot market.
It has been automating complicated processes that were impossible before, and have made it possible to realize a stable and high-quality robot system in a short period of time.
About Technology Management and Innovation Awards
Technology Management and Innovation Awards have been held every year since 2012 by Japan Techno-Economics Society in order to present examples of outstanding innovations changing the world, and to promote economic growth and innovation in Japan.
At the 9th Technology Management and Innovation Awards, 12 were chosen out of over 100 applications.
This award pays particular attention to the content of technology management and innovation and its practical process, for example, the following points.
・ Things that significantly change society, life, industry, or culture
・ Excellent utilization of science and technology (technology management)
・ Business causing breakthrough changes (products/services, customers, production methods, procurement, business models, changes in organization/management, etc.)
・ Things lead to expansion of employment and business
Corporate Name: Mujin, Inc.
Establishment: July, 2011
CEO & Co-Founder: Issei Takino
Description of Business: Intelligent robot controller development and sales, Intelligent robot solution provider
Public Relations, Mujin, Inc.
Address: 3-8-5 Tatsumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0053 JAPAN