Research teams receive funding for robotic manufacturing technologies

Two research projects from RPI have been selected by the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute to receive funding to develop tools that will address critical aspects of robotic manufacturing technologies.

By Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) March 4, 2022
Courtesy: Chris Vavra, CFE Media and Technology

Two research projects from the School of Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have been selected by the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Institute to receive funding to develop tools that will address critical aspects of robotic manufacturing technologies.

The projects were chosen as they focus on modernization priorities set by the U.S. Department of Defense while strengthening U.S. manufacturing and empowering workers.

“Advanced robotics is transforming manufacturing by bringing state-of-the-art modeling, automation and control theory, and data analytics into practice,” said Shekhar Garde, dean of the School of Engineering. “These awards from ARM are a testament to the cutting-edge research in robotics being conducted by Rensselaer Engineering faculty and staff.”

The first project, led by John Wen, a professor and head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer, aims to autonomously create a high-speed and high-precision curvilinear robot tool trajectory on a complex curved geometry using industrial robots with redundant degrees of freedom, to reduce or eliminate the current need for manual tuning. This project is motivated by robotic spraying and deposition manufacturing needs. Dr. Wen is joined in this research by partners from General Electric Research, Southwest Research Institute, and Wason Technology.

The second project, led by Glenn Saunders, a senior research engineer with the Manufacturing Innovation Center at Rensselaer, aims to develop fundamental technologies for robotic handling of energetic materials. It will demonstrate safety systems, robotic manipulation strategies, and designs that are immediately applicable to manufacturing of shaped charges, as well as more broadly to the production of other devices and products that use energetics. Partnering with Saunders are research teams from Schlumberger, Interface Technologies, and Fanuc America.

The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute, funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, leverages a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of 330+ consortium members and partners across industry, academia, and government to make robotics, autonomy, and artificial intelligence more accessible to U.S. manufacturers large and small, train and empower the manufacturing workforce, strengthen our economy and global competitiveness, and elevate national security and resilience.

– Edited by Chris Vavra, web content manager, Control Engineering, CFE Media and Technology, cvavra@cfemedia.com.

Original content can be found at Control Engineering.


Author Bio: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)