Governor Wolf Congratulates Pittsburgh-Based American Robotics, Inc. for U.S. Department of Defense Designation as a New Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub

January 13, 2017

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that American Robotics, Inc., an independent non-profit organization founded by Carnegie Mellon University, was designated by the United States Department of Defense as a new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing (ARM) Innovation Hub, supporting ongoing efforts to strengthen U.S.-based manufacturing. At the ceremony, attended by Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, the ARM Institute became the 14th Manufacturing USA institute to be established.

“It is a great honor to announce that a Pennsylvania organization has received the prestigious designation as a Manufacturing USA institute,” said Governor Wolf. “The manufacturing industry has long been the foundation of the commonwealth’s economy, and with the assistance of outstanding partners like American Robotics and Carnegie Mellon University, we look forward to ensuring that manufacturing in the United States continues on a track of revitalization and technological advancement.”

As part of the public-private effort that brings together industry, academia, and government to co-invest in the development of world-leading manufacturing technologies and capabilities, American Robotics will lead the institute focused on robots used in manufacturing environments. The award to American Robotics includes $80 million in federal funding, combined with more than $173 million contributed by the winning consortium, which is comprised of nationwide state and local governments, industry, universities, community colleges, and non-profit organizations.

“With innovation and new technological advancements, manufacturing in Pennsylvania and across the nation continues to evolve. The towering steel plants of the commonwealth’s yesteryear, for example, have gone digital in many cases, and additive technology has replaced traditional subtractive manufacturing,” said DCED Secretary Davin. “While the manufacturing industry is changing, it remains essential to our economic success and well-being. Continued modernization is key to supporting the future of manufacturing.”

Though robotics are currently being used in manufacturing environments, they are often expensive, serve only a single purpose, are difficult to reprogram, and require isolation from humans due to safety concerns. As a result, the ARM Institute’s mission is to create and deploy robotic technology that will empower American workers to compete with low-wage workers abroad; create and sustain new jobs to secure U.S. national prosperity; lower the technical, operational, and economic barriers for small-, medium, and large-sized enterprises to adopt robotic technologies; and assert U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing.

“Carnegie Mellon is grateful for the strong support of the Governor and his team for the institute proposal,” said Carnegie Mellon University President Subra Suresh. “While headquartered in Pittsburgh, the ARM Institute engages higher education institutions, economic development organizations, and companies across Pennsylvania and will contribute to the Governor’s vision of a thriving manufacturing industry creating economic opportunity across the commonwealth.”

Manufacturing USA includes 123 industrial partners, 40 academic and academically affiliated partners, and 64 government and non-profit partners. As many of these partners are based Pennsylvania, the effort represents a statewide initiative and commitment.

Each year, Pennsylvania’s nearly 300 public and private higher education institutions – including Carnegie Mellon University – foster investment and garner international attention by awarding almost 150,000 credentials and ensuring that the state’s workforce pipeline is supplied with critical thinking, problem solving, innovative employees.

For additional information on the Manufacturing USA institutes, visit www.manufacturingusa.com.

For a link to the U.S. Department of Defense announcement, visit www.defense.gov.


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