Official Announcement of Quality Innovation Award 2023

Published on: 2023-12-25 00:00

Quality Innovation Award 2023 - AI application for identifying and helping to prevent insect damage in forests and Research and Application on a Forefront New-Type Crystallization Technology for Cefotaxime Sodium are the winners of the 2023 Award

 

The Innovation of Innovations prize was awarded to AI application for identifying and helping to prevent insect damage in forests of Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch from Finland and Research and Application on a Forefront New-Type Crystallization Technology for Cefotaxime Sodium of NCPC Hebei Huamin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. from China. Upon meticulous evaluation, it has been determined that the two outstanding innovations have received identical scores in the voting process. Consequently, this year we have the pleasure of awarding the Innovation of Innovations prize to two distinguished recipients.

 

Quality Innovation Award was organized for the 17th time. A total of 562 innovations from 8 countries/regions participated in the competition this year and the best 24 were recognized with Awards or Prizes. The traditional Award Ceremony will be hosted by China Association for Quality from April 10th to 12th, 2024, in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, China.

 

As always, the winners of the Award in each category passed a strict methodology of evaluation based on their novelty value, usability, learning, customer orientation and effectiveness. The winners were chosen by the participating national Quality Associations via a rigorous voting process.

 

For more information, please visit our website at www.qiaward.com or contact:

China Association for Quality

Ms. Jing (Twinkle) Tong

+86 10 6607 2213

qia@caq.org.cn

 

 

Full list of awards:

Innovation of Innovations:

Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch / Finland

AI application for identifying and helping to prevent insect damage in forests

The first operative, remote sensing-based, accurate, scalable and cost-effective damage monitoring system and application model developed in response to rapidly increasing insect damage.

 

NCPC Hebei Huamin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. / China

Research and Application on a Forefront New-Type Crystallization Technology for Cefotaxime Sodium

The team has developed “Coordination Dissolution Technology", "Ultra-low Temperature Spherical Aggregation Crystallization Technology" and "Solvent Displacement Technology During Drying Process", established a new-type crystallization process for cefotaxime sodium, solved the industrial challenges of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) product: poor flowability due to small granularity, approaching limits of the residue of acetic acid and the impurity of lipid dimer.

 

Potential innovations

Award Winner: ZUNIBAL, S.L. / Basque Country, Spain

AI System for tuna fishing optimisation in order to be a more sustainable activity

Over the last few years, ZUNIBAL has carried out an ambitious Machine Learning project, the result of which has been the development of models capable of taking the art of fishing to a new level, making it not only more profitable but also more sustainable.

 

Prize Winner: AGM Beton Zrt. / AGM Concrete Ltd./ Hungary

A gallery type water abstraction with a built-in filter layer excluding secondary pollutants

Recognizing the strategic significance of drinking water, our R&D has developed the gallery type water acquisition technology with a built-in filter-layer

 

Prize Winner: DOBECURE, s.l. / Spain

Effective treatment for Atrophic or Dry AMD

Development of an effective treatment for Atrophic AMD, a degenerative disease leading cause of blindness in people over 65 years old affecting around 8 million people in Europe and for which there is no approved treatment in Europe.

 

Circular economy and carbon neutrality innovations

Award Winner: Metsä Group and CollectiveCrunch / Finland

AI application for identifying and helping to prevent insect damage in forests

The first operative, remote sensing-based, accurate, scalable and cost-effective damage monitoring system and application model developed in response to rapidly increasing insect damage.

 

Prize Winner: Aitiip Technology Centre/ Spain

Biobased materials and chemical-enzymatic recycling technologies for the separation of complex plastics

"Design and synthesis of biobased resins with dynamic covalent networks strategies and directed enzyme evolution to solve the end-of-life of plastic composites."

 

Prize Winner: ORMAZABAL Y CÍA, S.L.U. / Basque Country, Spain

cgm.zero: sustainable medium-voltage (MV) switchgear that uses only air as insulating means at very low pressure

Innovative technological solution for metal-enclosed MV switchgear that replaces SF6 (a gas with GWP100 of 24300) with air, without increasing the current overpressure and helping to meet some of the UN’s SDGs.

 

Healthcare sector innovations

Award Winner: NCPC Hebei Huamin Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd./China

Research and Application on a Forefront New-Type Crystallization Technology for Cefotaxime Sodium

The team has developed “Coordination Dissolution Technology", "Ultra-low Temperature Spherical Aggregation Crystallization Technology" and "Solvent Displacement Technology During Drying Process", established a new-type crystallization process for cefotaxime sodium, solved the industrial challenges of the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) product: poor flowability due to small granularity, approaching limits of the residue of acetic acid and the impurity of lipid dimer.

 

Prize Winner: UPAM3D (Advanced Planning and 3D Manufacturing Unit) Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón / Spain

UPAM3D: Point-Of-Care manufacturing and design of ISO13485 certified patient specific medical devices

UPAM3D is the multidisciplinary 3D Unit of the Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, where customized solutions for patients are planned and designed under an ISO 13485 quality system and manufacturer license.

 

Prize Winner: MEDICOR Elektronika Zrt. / Hungary

MASSVENTIL® Mass Ventilation System

The MASSVENTIL® system allows ventilation of multiple patients at the same time, according to their individual needs.

 

Education sector innovations

Award Winner: Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation / China

Establishing an immersive education experience by integrating virtual and real elements using a lightweight AR(Augmented Reality) virtual shooting system

The XR(Extended Reality) team innovatively implemented cloud rendering low-delay technology and spatial positioning accurate anchoring technology, which can support the immersive new classroom of virtual-real integration and collaborative learning.

 

Prize Winner: MU Mondragon University - Faculty of Business Studies - ENTREPRENEURIAL LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION - LEINN Oficial degree / Basque Country, Spain

Technologies for a world in transition: Technology in entrepreneurship for positive impact

Methodology and toolkit to introduce technological vectors in entrepreneurs' projects with a common and tech for good perspective that maximise their triple social, economic and environmental impact.

 

Prize Winner: ONCE: National Organization of the Spanihs Blind / Spain

BRAITICO. ONCE’s literacy and reading and writing competency method

BRAITICO is an inclusive, visual and braille, manipulative and ICT braille literacy method. It has four modules, from early childhood to reading and writing efficacy.

 

Public sector innovations

Award Winner: SPANISH DATA PROTECTION AGENCY / Spain

Practical Initiatives to Protect Children on The Internet with Healthy, Positive and Safe Environments

Design and implementation of a model for the protection of Internet users through the protection of their privacy and their personal data, with a special focus on the most vulnerable groups.

 

Prize Winner: PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF BIZKAIA. DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL ACTION / Basque Country, Spain

Regional Reference Centers in Bizkaia. Innovative response in Long Term Care

The Regional Reference Centers offer a new response for the care of people with social and health needs living in residential centers, based on the collaboration between the health and social services systems.

 

Prize Winner: SHANGHAI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CO.,LTD / China

Shanghai Pudong International Airport "Flight Delay Relief" Innovative Service Project 

In the aviation industry, flight delays are often unavoidable due to adverse weather conditions, unforeseen events, and other uncontrollable factors. These delays can hinder efficient travel for passengers. To provide a better travel experience for delayed passengers, Shanghai Pudong Airport has developed the "Flight Delay Relief" Innovative Service Project. This project includes real-time patrols and monitoring by staff to detect delays as early as possible. Additionally, on-site assistance is provided to address various needs and inquiries. Online support is also available via telephone inquiries to provide accurate and timely information. All airport employees work together to offer proactive, customer-oriented, and personalized service for delayed passengers, aiming to make their travel experience faster and more convenient.

 

Business innovations (micro & startup companies)

Award Winner: TechnoRobotics Ltd. / Israel

TeamRobotics® – Smart ‘All-in-One’ Сobotic Solutions for the CNC machine tending and other applications that address specific needs of SMEs

TeamRobotics® are affordable, versatile, ready-to-install, and easy-to-retrofit cobot (collaborative robot) – based solutions that respond to the SMEs’ needs of easily retrofitted high mix, low volume manufacturing in metalworking and other industries.

 

Prize Winner: ZOLA SISTEMAS S.L. / Basque Country, Spain

INGEVITAL software based on radar system

Wireless radar-based software system for non-intrusive person presence monitoring, capable of generating alerts for falls or health incidents.

 

Prize Winner: OPGROUND / Spain

Opground

Opground is the first unbiased AI-based system where tech talent get interviewed by hundreds of companies at once through a single 30min conversation with our AI, and companies get the most tailored talent in <5 minutes, as if they had met all the professionals.

 

Business innovations (small and medium sized enterprises)

Award Winner: Hunan Architectural Design Institute Group Co., Ltd. / China

Research on integrated innovation of prefabricated floor product to improve quality and efficiency

An innovative prefabricated concrete sandwich composite floor slab that integrates structural fire safety, energy-saving insulation, and building sound insulation functions. These sandwich laminated floor slabs offer high performance in terms of stiffness, thermal insulation, sound insulation, and fire resistance limit. Through integrated production in precast factories, the on-site construction process of precast floor panels can be reduced to solve the issues of complex insulation layer construction and the difficulty in controlling the construction quality of precast floor slabs. This innovation will improve building quality and performance, improve construction efficiency, reduce costs and operation and maintenance carbon emissions, and more fully leverage the advantages of construction industrialization.

 

Prize Winner: LUDUS TECH S.L. / Basque Country, Spain

LUDUS GLOBAL – Learn by living

LUDUS GLOBAL is the first European virtual reality platform focused on enhancing the work of health and safety trainers.

 

Prize Winner: ZEULAB SL / Spain

TEST4ALL: Food safety control wherever and whenever you want it

The first testing system for farmers and industry to monitor antibiotics in milk automatically through the use of a handheld device that shares and reports results in real time.

 

Business innovations (large companies)

Award Winner: Sacyr / Spain

Sacyr IOHNIC, an innovative tunnel lighting solution

Sustainable lighting system that ensures a balance between environmental conservation, social welfare and economic growth.

 

Prize Winner: State Grid Yancheng Power Supply Company of State Grid Jiangsu Electric Power Co., Ltd. / China

Research and Development of Portable Cable Protection Pipe Rapid Inspection Device

This project is groundbreaking because it takes an “solve problems on-site” approach. It has introduced innovative technologies, including the Portable Vicat Softening Temperature Testing Method, flexible sampling, and real-time inspection using environmentally friendly standard solvents. This led to the development of a portable cable protection pipe rapid inspection device.

 

Prize Winner: Metsä Fibre Oy / Finland

The world's most modern sawmill - The Future Sawmill concept

Innovative technology enables the Rauma sawmill's new operating model and industrial efficiency. Technology is used in the process and as solutions supporting multiple skills in the operating model.

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