Clemson to play leading role in Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute

Clemson LogoLast week, the US Department of Defense announced the creation of the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute to establish the US as a leader in advanced manufacturing by increasing worker productivity, ensuring access to robotics technologies, growing crucial industries that rely on robotics technologies, and creating and sustaining American jobs.

Clemson University is one of 40 academic partners that will work with others from industry, government, and the nonprofit sector to reach those goals. Clemson will play a major role serving as a Regional Robotics Collaborative which will be located at the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, a space shared by the university and Greenville Technical College.

Clemson’s Center for Workforce Development will focus on giving workers the skills necessary to prepare for the increasing use of robots in manufacturing.

The Center for Manufacturing Innovation at Greenville Technical College already has several research projects in the pipeline that could support the Institute’s work and provide unprecedented opportunities for Greenville Technical College students to work alongside Clemson researchers.

Research performed at the Institute has implications for the growing aerospace and automotive clusters in South Carolina, and is complementary to the state’s new Innovation Plan.

“The Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute will benefit the state and nation by bringing together preeminent scholars, industry and others crucial to economic development to work collaboratively in aerospace, automotive, electronics and textiles,” said Dr. Anand Gramopadhye, dean of  the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences at Clemson University . “All these sectors are critical to growth and ripe for adoption of robotics in manufacturing. Clemson’s participation will help South Carolina and the broader Southeastern region play a leading role in developing and adopting the cutting-edge technologies that keep the nation competitive.”

The Institute will be overseen by American Robotics and will be located near the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. It is one of 14 institutes created by Manufacturing USA.

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