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By: Patty Katsaros | Director of Marketing & Growth
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NASHUA, NH, Oct  19, 2020 – The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing, or ARM, Institute announced today that it has chosen eight new projects, which will receive a total of $7.5 million. ARM said it plans to award $2.9 million, and participating organizations will contribute $4.6 million in cost share. To date, ARM has invested in over 70 robotics technology and workforce development projects.

The ARM Institute, in partnership with its 270+ member organizations, identifies areas of need in manufacturing, which are used as strategic focus areas in its project calls. These focus areas have become increasingly important as the nation looks to strengthen supply chains and domestic manufacturing in the wake of COVID-19. Many of the selected projects have the potential to help the manufacturing ecosystem generally, while also equipping the nation to better respond to future crises.

Waypoint is part of a project working on an interoperability initiative among a mixed fleet of autonomous mobile robots.  Since certain robots are better suited for certain applications, this important project will help companies more easily adopt AMRs within their facilities  to satisfy  specific requirements.

Below is more information on the project & participating companies:

Interoperability and Orchestration of Autonomous Mobile Robots
Lead: Siemens Technology

Partners: FedEx, Yaskawa Motoman, Waypoint Robotics, University of Memphis

Description: Current practice sees each autonomous mobile robot (AMR) vendor using its own custom fleet management software platform, making it difficult for end-users to operate a fleet of mixed AMR brands efficiently. This project aims to enable AMR cross-vendor communication and management, lowering the barriers for the further adoption of AMRs. The outputs from this project are expected to result in lower training time for operators and increased productivity.

Here’s a complete list of the eight projects that were chosen and more information from the ARM Institute.

As always, please contact us today if you have questions or would like to schedule a live demo of  Waypoint AMRs including Vector & MAV3K and our growing family of omnidirectional, autonomous industrial robots designed to empower your manufacturing workforce.


Patty Katsaros | Director of Marketing & Growth

Patty has over 20 years of marketing experience in the world of manufacturing, leading successful marketing and sales campaigns for several major organizations. In her work, she has helped small to medium-sized manufacturers focus their marketing on effective digital and in-person efforts that attract leads, nurture qualified prospects, and provide sales with more opportunities to close business.

Before coming to Waypoint, Patty served as the Owner and Principal Consultant at P.H Koules Consulting, where she led sales and marketing initiatives for manufacturers in the greater Boston area. In this role she spearheaded major brand development, web development, digital marketing, and SEO efforts, improving lead generation and sales for her clients.

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