Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute
Kick-Off Event to Launch Next-Generation
Robotics Innovation for Manufacturing
Stakeholders Gather in Pittsburgh to Pursue Industry-Driven,
Critical Technology Development and Workforce Training
APRIL 12, 2017
PITTSBURGH – During National Robotics Week, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute is convening a national assembly of technology experts and thought leaders from over 200 industry, government, academic, and non-profit organizations for the first member recruiting event since the successful contract award.
The ARM Institute is a national, public-private partnership designed to foster the U.S. manufacturing ecosystem by developing and facilitating the early adoption of novel robotic solutions.
ARM’s mission is to secure America’s national interests at home and abroad by
- asserting U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing,
- democratizing advanced manufacturing,
- empower American workers to be cost-competitive with low-wage workers abroad and
- creating and sustaining valuable, new jobs.
To achieve this, ARM conducts industry-led applied R&D, develops and delivers education and workforce training, and provides access to shared capabilities through a nationwide network of regional innovation collaboratives across the United States.
ARM is part of the Manufacturing USA network of institutes that aims to secure the future of manufacturing in the U.S. through innovation, collaboration and education. Launched in 2012, Manufacturing USA includes 14 manufacturing innovation technology institutes across a spectrum of technology areas. The ARM Institute is partially funded through the Department of Defense (DoD) and is managed under the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC).
With DoD and industry commitments, ARM represents a $250M opportunity to create a better future for Americans and secure national interests home and abroad by making the United States more secure, U.S. companies more competitive, and American jobs more valuable.
“We are honored to have stakeholders from across the country convene in Pittsburgh that share the same goal of advancing robotics technology in manufacturing while developing the well-trained workforce needed to use these technologies,” says Gary Fedder, Interim CEO, ARM Institute.
ARM Institute is headquarted in Pittsburgh, and will expand its footprint through Regional Robotics Innovation Collaboratives (RRICs) which are semi-autonomous entities that create a scalable national reach for the ARM Institute. The purpose of the RRICs is to facilitate networking, accelerate their adoption of robotics in manufacturing and facilitate engagement with regional companies. RRICs will also leverage shared resources, engage in education and workforce development, and champion the ARM Institute’s mission. ARM has identified eight RRICs that will work with the ARM Institute leadership to provide input for the Institute’s technology and education and workforce development roadmap.