To foster and grow the national manufacturing eco-system, the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM) has formed a national, public-private partnership to develop, demonstrate, and facilitate the early adoption of novel robotic solutions. Based in Pittsburgh, PA, ARM’s mission is to:
- empower American workers and manufacturers to compete globally
- lower the technical, operational, and economic barriers for small- and medium- sized manufacturers (SMMs), as well as large companies, to adopt robotics technologies
- support the creation of high-value jobs
- assert leadership in advanced manufacturing
Operating as a member-based collaborative, ARM focuses on key industrial sectors such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, and textiles as defined by its members. These segments are important growth sectors that are ripe for rapid adoption of robotics in manufacturing.
Vital needs of our members, discovered through member insight and roadmapping, are aligned with these manufacturing operational aims:
- versatile robotic systems that capable of performing multiple tasks
- rapid deployment and re-purposing of robots
- collaborative robots
- cost-effective solutions
These requirements have been mapped into technical thrust areas of applied research and development (R&D), as outlined in the RIME-MII FOA, which drive the R&D pipeline of new TRL/MRL 7 technologies. ARM’s industry membership will prioritize its portfolio leading to member-defined technology elements that drive TRL/MRL 4-7 project calls.
The technical thrust areas are:
- Human-robot interaction
- Scheduling, learning and control
- Dexterous manipulation
- Mobility and navigation
- Perception and sensing
- Testing, verification and validation
- Mechanism design
ARM issued its first technology project call on October 16, 2017, focused on 7 topic areas for improved manipulation and logistics:
- Identifying and packing objects
- Unloading and unpacking objects
- Transport and delivery through complex, crowded floor spaces
- Inspection of non-standard materials
- Tracking and traceability of components
- Surface treatments
- Manipulating compliant materials
First stage concepts papers were reviewed at the end of 2017, with the intent to award selected proposals in Spring 2018.
Please visit our membership page to learn how you can become involved with ARM’s initiatives.