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Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) issues call for proposals for eight topic areas

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) issues call for proposals for eight topic areas

March 5, 2019 Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) issued a formal solicitation for a call for proposals for eight topic areas relative to advancing robotics technology for manufacturing.  ARM is a collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation, focused on increasing U.S. global manufacturing competitiveness by progressing robotics innovation and the availability of skilled workers. ARM’s 189 members participate in project calls. 

This is the fourth project call since ARM’s formation in January 2017.  To date, over 20 million dollars (US) across 18 projects has been committed to this mission by ARM and its members.   

These topic areas reflect the Technology Investment Strategy developed by ARM and its member collaborative.

The eight topic areas are as follows:

  1. Methods & Tools for Successful Robotics Adoption and Expansion
    The development of decision-making methods and tools that can be used to assess the risk associated with adopting robots for use in a manufacturing process.
  2. User-friendly Interfaces for Programming, Operation, & Maintenance
    The development of robotic systems with human-robot interfaces and sufficient artificial intelligence that reduce the burden of learning, operating, maintaining or programming a robotic system applied to a manufacturing process.
  3. Bi-directional Communication on the Shop Floor
    The development of robotic systems with human robot interfaces and sufficient artificial intelligence that enables humans and robots to communicate in a manufacturing environment more effectively including via devices and software, information formats, and protocols for information transfer and interpretation.
  4. Human-Robot Trust and Safety
    The development of robotic systems with human robot interfaces and sufficient artificial intelligence that improve workers’ trust in robots when engaging in collaborative and co-located robotic manufacturing activities.
  5. Modular Robotic Designs
    The development of modular, reconfigurable, agile, and flexible robotic work cells for manufacturing processes that can be deconstructed and reassembled to achieve a new operational objective.
  6. Smart, Flexible Sensors and Integration
    The integration of smart reconfigurable, agile, and flexible sensors for robotic work cells for manufacturing processes that can be varied in their scope and purpose, applying to a variety of roles and functions, while helping to enable easier integration between different robots, components, and hardware elements.
  7. Automated Path Planning and Robot Instruction Generation
    The development of reconfigurable, agile, and flexible robotic work cells for manufacturing processes with the ability to provide automated path planning and robot instruction generation to safely and efficiently navigate their environment to complete tasks.  This could include navigation using pre-tailored planning, mapping, and response as well as in-situ planning in response to unforeseen changes in the environment and situations.
  8. Advisor Robot
    The development of robotic systems with the ability to sense, interpret, and make decisions under unanticipated conditions, by observing, identifying and detecting the faults and spec compliance of the manufacturing systems, processes, and environment.

The proposal submission is a two-step process with the following anticipated schedule. Proposals are submitted via the ARM Member Community.

Step 1: Concept Paper Submission:                                 5:00 PM ET, March 20, 2019

Step 2: Full Proposal Submission (by invitation only):       5:00 PM ET, June 7, 2019

Project requirements are as follows:

  1. Proposed projects must develop within Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) 4-7 and Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRL) 4-7.
  2. Each project has a minimum of 1:1 cost sharing with deference to those with higher cost share.
  3. Projects must be industry-led and address an industry need.
  4. Projects must develop or integrate innovation.
  5. A typical project would be awarded $500K in federal funding over a one-year time period.

ARM may award up to $5M in federal funding for this proposal cycle. Note that only active ARM members can participate in project calls. Visit www.arminstitute.org/membership to learn about becoming a member.

About ARM

Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) is a collaborative in robotics and workforce innovation.  Founded in January 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA, and funded by the Department of Defense, ARM is part of the Manufacturing USA network.

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