By Liu Tzu-hsuan / Staff writer, with CNA
Exhibitors at the Southern Taiwan Innovation Application Exhibition yesterday said that technology industries are moving toward intelligent transformation and achieving net zero emissions.
The exhibition was launched at the Industrial Technology Research Institute’s Southern Region Campus in Tainan’s Lioujia District (六甲).
The permanent exhibition is divided into five sections, displaying 30 innovative technologies that the institute developed using technology project grants from the Ministry of Economic Affairs.
One of the highlights is the Autonomous Mobile Robot, which is Taiwan’s first delivery robot that can move from indoors to outdoors and can ride an elevator, the research institute said in a news release.
The robot employs technologies such as a remote monitoring system using a 5G network, as well as navigation and positioning systems, it said.
The 3D-Artificial Intelligence Automatic Robot can manage storage logistics with its vision and learning capabilities, it said.
The institute collaborated with Techman Robot to establish a new business department to use robots for metal processing, optoelectronic devices, microelectronics and other industries at home and abroad, the institute said.
The department’s products are expected to gain revenue of NT$4 billion (US$130.3 million) in three years, it added.
The National Internet of Things Platform as a Service Sustainability Suite helped domestic manufacturers identify carbon emission hotspots, it said.
Forklift manufacturer Tailife Co Ltd worked with the institute and high-energy laser provider SwiRoc Corp to develop smart equipment that can increase the production capacity and success rate of welding lithium battery packs, it said.
The ministry’s Department of Industrial Technology Director-General Chiou Chyou-huey (邱求慧) said that southern Taiwan is the nation’s primary manufacturing hub, accounting for about one-third of Taiwan’s total manufacturing output.
Steel, petrochemical, textile, electronics and other industries in the area have long supported the local economy, he said.
To achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the ministry is assisting industries to transition to low-carbon operations with the technologies of smart manufacturing, compound semiconductors, smart sensors, advanced lasers, and next-generation networking and communications, he said.
Through technology project grants, the ministry helped more than 1,000 businesses create output of NT$30 billion last year, he said.
The ministry is to allocate NT$15 billion toward technology projects over the next four years to facilitate economic development in southern Taiwan, he added.
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