The Department of Defense announced that the 14th Manufacturing USA Innovation Institute for “Robotics in Manufacturing Environments” has been awarded to the Advanced Robotics in Manufacturing (ARM) Institute. This grant will enable $80 million in government funds to be matched with $173 million in cost share for a total of $253 million over five years.
A team of CCEFP researchers from universities and industry is part of the ARM Institute. Four CCEFP universities are on the grant: Marquette, Purdue, Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Vanderbilt. Six CCEFP supporting organizations are also on the grant: Bimba, Eaton, Enfield, Innotronics, NFPA, and Parker Hannifin.
This award validates the CCEFP research strategy in three ways:
Eric Barth, CCEFP deputy director for Human-Scale Fluid Power, has led this effort. A key accomplishment is that he persuaded the academic robotics research community of the advantage of using fluid power for human-scale applications because of its high power density.