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Carnegie Robotics opens manufacturing center in Pittsburgh

A new robotic firm has opened shop, Carnegie Robotics, with plans to manufacture products and service components with an assist from the latest research developed by the National Robotics Engineering Center in Lawrenceville at Carnegie Mellon University.

As a spinoff of the NREC, the firm will ultimately turn robotic innovations into commercial products, further strengthening the NREC while expanding the robotics industry in western Pennsylvania, says Mark Kamlet, executive vice president and provost of Carnegie Mellon.

John Bares will step down as director of the NREC to direct the company, which will start out with four people and concentrate on producing components for other manufacturers in the mining agriculture, petroleum production and defense industries. Anthony Stentz, NREC's associate director since 1997, will take over as NREC director.

"We'll focus initially on components, building blocks used in a variety of robotic systems," says Bares. "Over time we can aggregate specific (full) systems and sell them ourselves. It's exciting that it's happening in Pittsburgh and with people who've been growing NREC and want to keep it here."

Carnegie Robotics is leasing space initially in NREC's renovated foundry in Lawrenceville with plans to expand in two years.

Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute opened its doors 30 years ago with the dream of ushering in a new age of thinking robots. Under the leadership of Red Whittaker, the Fredkin Professor of Robotics and director of the Field Robotics Center, the NREC has developed commercial applications of mobile robots for companies such as Caterpillar and Consol Energy and successfully created intelligent autonomous vehicles, space-related robots and medical robotics, to name but a few.

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Writer: Deb Smit
Source: John Bares, Carnegie Robotics

Image of John Bares courtesy of Carnegie Robotics

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