Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub Awarded to American Robotics, Inc.
By T'Jae Ellis, ARL PA
Today, the Department of Defense awarded the 14th Manufacturing USA institute – the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub – to American Robotics, Inc. The eighth DOD-led institute, the ARM Institute joins the Manufacturing USA network in its collective effort to help revitalize American manufacturing and incentivize companies to invest in new technology development in the United States.
Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the winning consortium - comprised of state and local governments, industry, universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations from across the country – contributed $173 million, to be combined with $80 million in federal funding.
Army Research Laboratory engineer Dr. Shawn Walsh was part of the team that developed the new Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
Walsh, along with other scientists and engineers from across the Department of Defense and other federal agencies including NASA and National Institute of Standards and Technology, began developing the scope, vision and thrusts for the Robots in Manufacturing Environments MII in early 2016. Research at the DOD-led Institute is expected to improve U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing through advancements in the smart and collaborative robotics fields.
Walsh pioneered materials and manufacturing technologies now used in every new ballistic helmet for the Army, Marines, Special Operations Forces and Navy SEALS as part of a collaborative effort with DOD's Manufacturing Technology Program, known as ManTech, the Department of the Army, the Army's Program Executive Office Soldier, the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center and industry. He said his work in developing helmet manufacturing technology is often used as a DOD-wide example of the impact materials and manufacturing science can have. - read complete story
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.