ARM Institute Announces Selection of New Robotics Technology Projects

COVID-19, Robotics

The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute is proud to announce the selection of eight new robotics technology projects aligned with ARM’s mission to strengthen U.S. manufacturing and empower workers. A total of $7.5M will be contributed across these eight projects. ARM plans to award $2.9M in project funding, and the participating organizations plan to contribute $4.6M in cost share. To date, ARM has invested in over 70 robotics technology and workforce development projects.

The ARM Institute, in partnership with its 270+ member organizations, identifies areas of need in manufacturing, which are used as strategic focus areas in its project calls. These focus areas have become increasingly important as the nation looks to strengthen supply chains and domestic manufacturing in the wake of COVID-19. Many of the selected projects have the potential to help the manufacturing ecosystem generally, while also equipping the nation to better respond to future crises.

The projects are:

  • Autonomous Material Handling Robotic System for Medical Devices and Consumer Goods Logistic and E-commerce Applications
  • “Bot Couture”: Robotic Clothing Manufacturing
  • Augmented Reality (AR) Based Human-Robot Interaction
  • Automated Induction Welding of Large Thermoplastic Composite Structures
  • Automated Bottom Hemming Through Robotic Garment Manipulation
  • Reducing Composite Ply Layup Time on Complex Tools though Use of Robotic Cells
  • Robotic Assistant for Repurposable Fabric Fusing Operations
  • Interoperability and Orchestration of Autonomous Mobile Robots (IO-AMRs)