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Diabetes Medication Assembly System, Semiconductor Substrate Panel Product Each Earn “Hitachi Inspiration of the Year Global Awards” for JR Automation

JR Automation, a leading global systems integrator and wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), announced that it has won two awards from its parent company as part of their annual Hitachi Inspiration of the Year Global Awards (IYGA) competition. The program is a long-standing tradition at Hitachi, recognizing remarkable activities that contribute to enhancing Hitachi’s brand value by demonstrating the Hitachi Group Identity. The award also nurtures a “One Hitachi” mindset among all Hitachi Group employees.  

In the Americas region, JR Automation was awarded the “Innovation Award” for developing a highly reliable, high-throughput automation solution that helped a Fortune 150 pharmaceutical company meet the surging demand for diabetes medication worldwide. Specifically, the company needed to significantly increase capacity for production in a reduced timeframe for one of their diabetic drug delivery devices.   

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JR Automation’s PSB division won the “Special Recognition Award” in the Southeast Asia region for breaking into the semiconductor industry with a new Panel-level Format EFEM (Equipment Front End Module) product.  The product, which is now available worldwide, handles up to 600x600 mm Copper Core, Glass Core and Glass Panels substrate panels. 

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“We are honored that not one but two of our projects were recognized as award winners,” said Craig Ulrich, JR Automation’s CEO. “The work highlighted represents just some of the amazing achievements that our team delivers each and every day for our customers.”  

The awards were not the first time JR Automation was recognized in the IYGA competition since being acquired by Hitachi in 2019. In 2020, JR Automation won IYGA’s highest honor, the “Grand Prix Award,” for its collaboration with General Motors in deploying a medical face mask assembly line in six days.   


About JR Automation  

Established in 1980, JR Automation is a leading provider of intelligent automated manufacturing and technology solutions that solve customers’ key operational and productivity challenges. JR Automation serves customers across the globe in a variety of industries, including automotive, life sciences, aerospace, and more.  

In 2019, JR Automation was acquired by Hitachi, Ltd. In a strategic effort towards offering a seamless connection between the physical and cyber space for industrial manufacturers and distributers worldwide. With this partnership, JR Automation provides customers a unique, single-source solution for complete integration of their physical assets and data information, offering greater speed, flexibility, and efficiencies towards achieving their Industry 4.0 visions. JR Automation employs over 2,000 people at 28 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia. 

About Hitachi

Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society with data and technology. We will solve customers' and society's challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products, under the business structure of Digital Systems & Services, Green Energy & Mobility, Connective Industries and Automotive Systems. Driven by green, digital, and innovation, we aim for growth through collaboration with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2021 (ended March 31, 2022) totaled 10,264.6 billion yen ($84,136 million USD), with 853 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 370,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at 


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