Goal of Advanced Robot Manufacturing Institute is to Empower American Workers

Published by , January 23, 2017 9:17 am

(AdvancedManufacturing) Dean L. Bartles, executive director of the Advanced Robot Manufacturing Institute said in a recent interview, “Some jobs will disappear,” due to robotics and automation, Bartles said, “but others will be created.” The goal of all 14 ARM institutes, he noted, is to 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- and medium- sized enterprises as well as large companies to adopt novel technologies; and assert U.S. leadership in advanced manufacturing.
Because the $80 million federal portion of the $253 million ARM effort is coming from the DOD there has been speculation that the institute will have a military focus. While some of the developments created by ARM could eventually be used by the military, Bartles said that “we are only looking at robotics technology that will benefit manufacturing.”

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