ITRI received two Edison Awards in 2021, marking the fifth consecutive year that it has won this honor.
ITRI earned new accolades this April when it took home two medals at the Edison Awards, known as the Oscars for Innovation. It is the fifth consecutive year that ITRI has received this honor. This time it bagged a gold with its AI-Based High-Density Shuttle Rack Service System in the Innovative Service: AI Application category, and a silver with its microbial dye technology MetabColor in the Engineering & Materials Science: Primers, Coatings & Dyes category.
The Edison Awards are among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design and innovation. Frank Bonafilia, Executive Director of Edison Awards, stressed that the awards symbolize the persistence and excellence personified by Thomas Edison. “We are looking for game-changing new products and services. And ITRI has delivered again with MetabColor as well as the AI-Based High-Density Shuttle Rack Service System,” he said.
DoIT Director General Chyou-Huey Chiou stated that it is not easy that ITRI’s AI-Based High-Density Shuttle Rack Service System wins a gold at the Edison Awards. The automated vertical warehousing system is developed for space-starved cities and the rack can be 14 stories high, saving at least twice as much storage space. Moreover, ITRI has been working with Yahoo!Taiwan, HCT Logistics and iAmech to apply this system to Yahoo!Taiwan’s first AI automated logistics center in Taiwan, which features the highest storage capacity here. The silver winner MetabColor, he said, uses modified microbes and the fermentation, separation, and purification processes to create natural dyes that are more environmentally friendly than chemical dyes. ITRI has been cooperating with leaders in textile manufacturing and specialty chemicals Eclat Textile and Jintex Chemical on the preliminary verification of the technology.
ITRI President Edwin Liu pointed out that the Edison Awards focus on the “real-world applications” of innovative R&D results. “Winning two awards is a big applause for our R&D teams and meanwhile demonstrates that our market-oriented research and the 2030 Technology Strategy & Roadmap align with the global trends,” said Dr. Liu.
ITRI’s AI-Based High-Density Shuttle Rack Service System won gold at Edison Awards 2021. (photo credit: Yahoo!Taiwan)
Dr. Liu further explained that the AI-Based High-Density Shuttle Rack Service System optimizes logistics efficiency to meet the increasing needs for e-commerce and respond to the rise of “stay-at-home economy” in the post-pandemic era. The automated vertical warehousing system incorporates the Order-Based AI Dynamic Decision approach and the “goods-to-person” method to allow the number of stock items to increase 2.5 times and save 60% of shipping time, helping increase the logistics performance during peak periods by ten times. The technology has been transferred to industry and applied to a large-scale international logistics center.
ITRI’s MetabColor, a pioneering solution that offers an eco-friendly microbial dye manufacturing process, won silver at Edison Awards 2021.
Regarding MetabColor, Dr. Liu said the technology features microbial carbon source utilization and modifies microbial strains to produce natural dyes. Such innovation eliminates health hazards and hones in on the global trend of zero net carbon emissions as the dye production process is non-toxic, has higher efficiency and reduces wastewater. It is thrilling that the eco-friendly process offered by MetabColor has been introduced to major domestic textile factories, which will help them enter the global green supply chain.
The Edison Awards have recognized and honored some of the most innovative new products and services as well as business leaders from around the world since 1987. Besides ITRI, other winners this year include Abbott, Corning, Dow, GoPro, Merck, and many more global innovators. For more information about the Edison Awards and a full list of the 2021 winners, please visit www.edisonawards.com.