Our robotics technology development activities focus on accelerating the use of industrial robots to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing sector. With a focus on key industrial sectors such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, textiles, and others as defined by our members, we look for growth sectors that are ripe for rapid adoption of robotics in manufacturing. The vital needs of our members are discovered through member insight, industry research, and roadmapping.
Our Project Calls seeks solutions that are beyond the basic research phase and are ready to take the next steps for commercialization. This stage is typically referred to as Technical Readiness Levels (TRL) 4-7. Our members form project teams to respond to our Project Calls, which focus on delivering solutions in priority technical investment areas. We leverage a robust network of members that includes established national brands, innovative start-ups, manufacturers, government entities, and academic institutions. Doing this allows us to:
- Accomplish work that develops, scales-up, and commercializes key enabling technologies for manufacturing and the overall supply chain
- Build a repository of industrial robotics solutions, applications and information
- Strengthen the U.S. Industrial Base
Martin Philo GKN Aerospace
“The ARM Community has the know-how and has already addressed many of the challenges that bar us from delivering high-dexterity robotic processes to the manufacturing floor. By combining our successes in prior projects and the people who achieved them, we can deliver production ready technologies that make us healthier and more competitive.”
David Sugarman Technology Development Manager, Bluewater Defense
“When we had the opportunity to get involved in the next wave, the next level, of course we said yes. And it’s all because ARM exists and brought us together with our partners at Siemens, Henderson, Sewbo, and ISAIC. We wouldn’t have met these people otherwise. We certainly wouldn’t have had a shared goal, shared deliverable, and shared vision. On top of that, because ARM is doing this across so many different teams and projects, they’re now able to provide increasing amounts of foundational infrastructure. It really helps these projects take off and achieve a lot.”
Frank Henderson CEO, Henderson Sewing
“We have customers today who are seeking this technology [from an ARM Institute funded project] and our job now is to take it to the commercial sector marketplace. So that we might be able to rapidly produce quality and standard products that the marketplace needs. We have an opportunity to help America become self-reliant on our own technology and not import 98% of the products that consumers and our warfighters are using. We have customers today that are waiting for us to finish this project so they can implement it in their manufacturing spaces.”
Yash Shahapurkar Siemens
"Thanks to the effective project management and tools provided by the ARM Institute, it was possible to co-develop software and hardware technologies among the project partners and manage project deliverables effectively. Beyond the existing scope, the continuous dialogue maintained by the ARM Institute helps in identifying future problems, strategies, and technology transitions together with the DoD and the large ARM community.”
Matt Robinson ROS-Industrial & SwRI
"ARM Institute funded projects are impactful because they bring together diverse teams comprised of academia, end-users, other solution providers, and small businesses. This dynamic enables a variety of perspectives and really allows for impactful new solutions to emerge."