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September 20, 2013


GLORY earned the "METI Minister's Prize"

- for "Innovation in Monozukuri" through building the production system using Humanoid Robots -

GLORY LTD. has earned the "METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) Minister's Prize" in the 5th "Monozukuri" Nippon (Japan) Grand Award on September 13, 2013. (Note: The Japanese term "Monozukuri" means "Manufacturing" in English.)

Outline of Award

Name of Award

"The METI Minister's Prize" in the 5th Monozukuri Nippon Award

* "Monozukuri Nippon Grand Award" is the award contest which has been organized jointly by the four ministries mentioned below and held every other years since 2005, for the purpose of passing on and enhancing "Monozukuri skills", which have been contributing to the development of the industry and culture of Japan, and to the establishment of the wealthy and bountiful lives of the Japanese people: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology / Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare / Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

Awarded Project

"Innovation in Monozukuri" through building the production system using Humanoid Robots

Outline of the project (as announced by the METI)

Building of a new "high-mix low-volume production system" where human and compact humanoid robots can collaborate in attaining automation ratio of 80%, and also in achieving five (5) times more efficient productivity.
The new system has been built by making operating and controlling scenario through the emulation of the unconscious movement of the human, incorporation of the "Tricky Mechanism" into hands parts and peripheral equipment, and the integration of the results of these processes into the potential of the humanoid robot.

Background of the Award (in appreciation of the following points)

・Extraction of the maximum potential of the humanoid robot by incorporating visual and moving capabilities of the hands into a "high-mix low-volume production process", while devising the hands parts at the same time.

・Success in automating "high-mix low-volume production" in a style like increasing "multi skilled persons", which has been traditionally considered difficult to be realized, while giving the expectation in expanding the applicable area of the new system and in contributing to keeping the present production in Japan.

Award winners from GLORY LTD.

Akio Tobita, Minoru Kikuchi, Hiroshi Morita, Toshifumi Kobayashi, Akira Kojima, Yuki Masuda, Satoru Takei

NEXTAGE- based automated assembly line

NEXTAGE- based automated assembly line


GLORY LTD., headquartered in Himeji, Japan, is a pioneer in the development and manufacture of money handling machines and systems. GLORY provides a variety of products such as money handling machines, cash management systems, vending machines, automatic service equipment, and cash management solutions that are built on its leading-edge recognition/identification and mechatronics technology. Committed to meet society's wide-ranging needs, GLORY serves the financial, retail, vending machine, amusement and gaming industries in over 100 countries around the world. GLORY employs approximately 9,000 people worldwide. For more information about GLORY, please visit GLORY's group website at http://corporate.glory-global.com/.


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