The ARM Institute quickly catalyzed projects to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that can also be used during non-pandemic times to strengthen supply chains


In the spring of 2020, the ARM Institute worked with the U.S. Department of Defense to issue a special Project Call for COVID-19 solutions. This project was funded through this call to respond to supply chain disruptions.


The COVID-19 pandemic exposed weakness in U.S. supply chains. This project seeks to create an automated solution to manufacturing masks and other PPE.

Technical Approach

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed critical vulnerabilities in the global health care supply chain. At the beginning of the pandemic, U.S manufactures were unable to meet the significant demand for Personal Protective Equipment, resulting in shortfalls and long lead times. This project will improve existing automated mask production in the US by including robotic automatic visual inspection, picking-and-sorting, and end-of-line packing and palletizing. 


Principal Investigator: Siemens Corporation Corporate Technologies Project Team: Henderson Sewing Machine Company, Yaskawa Motoman, HomTex Inc