The ARM Institute rapidly responded to the Department of Defense’s need to address COVID-19 by forming numerous national teams, drawing from diverse industries and technologies to address the myriad of supply chain shortages. This is highlighted by a few of the key statistics listed below:
- Rapid contracting with 45 days from the Project Call release to project start
- Projects executed in 12 months
- 13 states and Puerto Rico engaged
- 23 unique organizations participated across the nine projects
The COVID-19 pandemic caused overcrowding in hospitals, leading to potential delays in treatment both for COVID-19 and other health issues that would typically require hospitalization. This project developed a team of robots that can aid in building solar-powered, versatile structures to be used for a variety of functions, such as shelter, infection control, medical care, and more.
The team of robots will work alongside human workers in building the structures, enabling a shorter time to build. Specifically, RPI is working to design, build, and program a team of small human-directed robotic platforms to take on the hard work of holding heavy material, rotating it, and pulling it taut while it is being joined together as part of this project. This project will impact any manufacturing operations where multiple robotic agents act together to accomplish a common objective.
Pvilion believes that this technology will help them better respond to DoD needs and manufacture the tents domestically. The robots also relieve the strain on human workers.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PI), Pvilion, Albany Medical Center