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State Advanced Robotics Alliance holds first working-group meeting at Tech Garden

By Eric Reinhardt

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The Tech Garden at 225 Harrison St. in Syracuse, which hosted the first meeting of a new working group focused on advanced robotics in manufacturing. The New York State Advanced Robotics Alliance (NYS-ARA), which leads the group, includes FuzeHub, an Albany–based nonprofit organization responsible for assisting small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in New York. (Eric Reinhardt / BJNN file photo)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Leaders in manufacturing and technology from across New York gathered Monday and Tuesday at the Tech Garden in the first meeting of a new working group focused on advanced robotics within manufacturing.

The New York State Advanced Robotics Alliance (NYS-ARA), which several organizations recently formed, leads the working group.

The group’s ultimate goal is to “strengthen the future” for New York manufacturers by helping them implement “solutions that unite the capabilities of advanced robotics with the power of uniquely human skillsets and ingenuity,” according to a news release about the meeting.

The NYS-ARA is encouraging manufacturers, innovators, industry stakeholders, economic developers and government officials to join the working group at the Tech Garden.

NYS-ARA wants to establish a “thriving advanced robotics ecosystem that supports the success” of manufacturers and drives economic growth. It is aligned with the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute of New York (ARM-NY), the state’s affiliate of the national ARM Institute.

“New innovations in advanced robotics and automation have the potential to accelerate the growth of New York State manufacturers,” Elena Garuc, executive director of FuzeHub, said. “With the support of the new working group, the New York State Advanced Robotics Alliance will identify industry challenges and develop solutions to help manufacturers gain competitive advantage and capitalize on new economic opportunities that preserve and create jobs.”

FuzeHub is an Albany–based nonprofit organization responsible for assisting small to medium-sized manufacturing companies in New York.

The NYS-ARA advisory board includes FuzeHub; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Automation Technologies & Systems (RPI CATS); Schenectady–based Applied Robotics Inc.; Corning Inc. (NYSE: GLW); Albany–based Workforce Development Institute; and Albany–based IEEE GlobalSpec.

RPI CATS and FuzeHub co-lead ARM-NY and NYS-ARA, per the news release.

FuzeHub is the statewide center for the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NY MEP), which serves as a “one-stop shop for manufacturers needing assistance to become more competitive, innovate and grow.” It connects manufacturing firms to the resources, programs and experts they need to “create and retain jobs, increase profits and save time and money.”

RPI CATS has staff and faculty experienced in assisting industrial clients with advanced robotics and automation. Its facilities include a robotics lab and high-bay geared for industrial research and development.

Together, the two lead organizations will work to provide manufacturers with advanced-robotics services, while also working with partners to address regional needs, provide workforce training, and facilitate innovation.

Contact Reinhardt at ereinhardt@cnybj.com

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