In case you hadn’t noticed the story this week, the DoD announced a new Advanced Robotics Manufacturing center in Pittsburgh. It’s great news, for sure, but you may not be aware of the interesting role that fluid power played here.
According to Kim Stelson, Director of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), the grant will enable $80 million in government funds to be matched with $173 million in cost share—for a total of $253 million over five years.
Much has been written about the great research that the CCEFP has been doing over the past decade. But I’d like to applaud the organization for helping the fluid power industry in the U.S. figure out the sometimes difficult road to getting grant money. Creativity isn’t just an important aspect of designing an engineered system, it’s also called for in the business of getting business done.