Find the Answer at the Robotics Manufacturing Hub – At No Cost to You

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How the Robotics Manufacturing Hub Works

The Robotics Manufacturing Hub is provided by the ARM Institute, a national robotics, AI, and workforce institute based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Through the Robotics Manufacturing Hub, ARM Institute experts will help you:

  • Evaluate your operations
  • Explore if robotics will improve your productivity
  • Prototype robotics solutions without a commitment to installation
  • Select robotics solutions that offer you the highest return on investment
  • Understand how robotics solutions can augment your workforce gaps
  • Manage the impact of robotics on your workforce

Who Qualifies for Free Services

The Robotics Manufacturing Hub is federally funded by the Build Back Better (BBB) Regional Challenge awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration through the Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative. As such, there is no cost for the program.

You are eligible for this no-cost service if you are a small or medium-sized manufacturer with operations in one the following Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, or Westmoreland. 

Manufacturers must fit into the small and medium sized range, defined as having 500 or fewer employees and less than $100M in annual revenue.

Are you an ARM Institute Member? As a benefit of membership, you can use the Robotics Manufacturing Hub even if you are located outside of the Pittsburgh region.



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Free Services for Qualifying Manufacturers

The Robotics Manufacturing Hub leverages the ARM Institute’s state-of-the-art Mill 19 facility in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood. Using this facility, we will prototype solutions and demonstrate proofs-of-concept for you without requiring you to commit to installing the system.

Free services we provide include: 

  • On-site Automation Assessments & Business Case Assessment to help you understand where robotics can (and cannot) strengthen your operations
  • Modeling & Simulation in our Mill 19 facility to help you understand what’s possible
  • Proofs of Concepts & Demonstrations that take the risk out of automation and enable you to have confidence in the robotics application before committing to installing it
  • Request for Proposal/Quote Support using ARM Institute experts as a neutral third-party to connect you to the best fit for your needs
  • Robotics Education through workshops, events, and other resources
  • Open Robotics Lab for Exploration & Learning to give you access to robotics equipment
  • Access to the ARM Institute’s Network of 400+ Member Organizations spanning industry, government, and academia

Contact us today to get started!

Fill out the form or email [email protected] to get started. Once you complete the form, an Robotics Manufacturing Hub representative will contact you soon for more information.

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The Robotics Manufacturing Hub is designed to help SMEs determine if robotics and automation can help to solve their manufacturing problems. Please outline what problem you are looking to solve here.

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Additional Robotics Manufacturing Hub Benefits for ARM Institute Members

ARM Institute Members, even those located outside of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region, are welcome to use the Robotics Manufacturing Hub as benefit of membership. Below are a few ways ARM Institute Members can take advantage of this capability:

– Test manufacturing processes and solutions for free

– Explore manufacturing challenges using the expertise of ARM Institute engineering experts

– Collaborate and connect with your fellow ARM Institute members who are interested in solving similar challenges

– Provide equipment to be used in the Robotics Manufacturing Hub and showcased at our Pittsburgh facility.

– Participate in educational workshops through the Robotics Manufacturing Hub

ARM Members: Interested in learning more, getting involved, providing equipment, or have an idea that’s not listed? Email [email protected]. We’re happy to connect to see how the Robotics Manufacturing Hub can work for you!

Not a member? Explore membership here.

Build a Robotics Manufacturing Hub in Your Region

Contact us using the form below to learn how you can help manufacturers de-risk robotics solutions, augment workforce gaps, and strengthen operations through robotics by bringing the Robotics Manufacturing Hub to your region. After completing the form, an ARM Institute expert will be in touch to learn more and explore next steps.

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About the ARM Institute

The Robotics Manufacturing Hub is provided by the ARM Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening U.S. manufacturing through robotics. The Institute’s 400+ member organizations span industry, government, and academia. Since 2017, the Institute has funded and managed 120+ robotics projects in manufacturing.

The ARM Institute operates as an honest broker for manufacturers to help you decide if robotics right for your operations, minimize the risks associated with implementing robotic solutions, and lower the barriers to robotics adoption. By leveraging the expertise of our national consortium, you have access to the most innovative and proven robotics solutions.

Contact & Location

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 412-785-0444

The Robotics Manufacturing Hub is housed at the ARM Institute’s Mill 19 headquarters that the Institute shares with Carnegie Mellon University:

Mill 19 A

4501 Lytle St.

Pittsburgh, PA 15207