ARM Exchange Webinar Recording: Robotic Sanding & Finishing

Manual sanding and finishing of components for various industries, like transportation, is a daunting task. It requires specific processes, can be very dirty, and is ergonomically difficult for human workers. In this webinar, recorded in February 2021, our panel of ARM Member experts discussed the latest developments in advanced manufacturing for sanding and finishing from a variety of perspectives, based upon their roles as manufacturers, robotics suppliers, and entrepreneurs.

  • Dr. Carley Mollica from Lockheed Martin, an American aerospace, arms, defense, security, and advanced technologies company, discusses how automation can be useful in sanding operations and why it makes business sense.
  • Michael Hass from FerRobotics, a world leader in the development and sale of flexible, intuitive robotic equipment, discusses some of the challenges in robotic sanding applications and how force sensors play a critical role in addressing their technical needs.
  • Cliff Tsugawa from Universal Robots, a worldwide manufacturer of smaller flexible industrial collaborative robot arms, shows how collaborative robots can be used in challenging applications where humans and robots work side-by-side and full automation is not feasible.
  • Ariyan Kabir from GrayMatter Robotics, a software company, shows us how software can turn robots into smart assistants in surface finishing applications.

Matt Fischer, Program Manager, ARM Institute

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The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute accelerates the development and adoption of robotics technologies that are the foundation of every advanced manufacturing activity today and in the future.  The Institute leverages a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of partners across industry, academia, and government to make robotics, autonomy, and artificial intelligence more accessible to U.S. manufacturers large and small, train and empower the manufacturing workforce, strengthen the U.S. economy and global competitiveness, and elevate our nation’s security and resilience.  Founded in 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA by Carnegie Mellon University and operating as an independent public-private partnership funded by the Department of Defense, ARM is part of the DoD Manufacturing USA® network. Learn more at, follow @ARM_Robotics on Twitter or ARM Institute on LinkedIn.

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