• Rockwell Experience Center at ARMI|BioFabUSA connects Smart manufacturing technology to lifesaving regenerative Medicine.
  • Newly opened New Hampshire center highlights technology needed to mass produce tissues and organs.

I’m digging out from under the avalanche of news picked up during my travels. Plus, I spent several hours today traveling to the Apple Store to visit a genius. My MacBook Air would not power up. That symptom was one of four that popped up on Apple support. Obviously not an unknown problem. So now I’m digging through Dropbox for iPad which only partially synced with Scrivener to write these posts. I hope they don’t have to replace the logic board and destroy all my data! I have played with using my iPad Pro as a primary computing device, so at least it’s set up. Just not as productive as the MacBook.

I’m digging out from under the avalanche of news picked up during my travels. Plus, I spent several hours today traveling to the Apple Store to visit a genius. My MacBook Air would not power up. That symptom was one of four that popped up on Apple support. Obviously not an unknown problem. So now I’m digging through Dropbox for iPad which only partially synced with Scrivener to write these posts. I hope they don’t have to replace the logic board and destroy all my data! I have played with using my iPad Pro as a primary computing device, so at least it’s set up. Just not as productive as the MacBook.

Back to Rockwell Automation. It is a company with many partnerships. This one intersects with my latest interest in all things biology. (And I’ll include the company’s latest tag line.)

Rockwell Automation, the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and digital transformation, announced the grand opening of the Rockwell Experience Center at the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) in Manchester, N.H. The center recognizes Rockwell’s long-term investment in ARMI, a member-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the bioeconomy of the United States.

The Rockwell Experience Center will help teach ARMI’s members, including physicians and researchers, how to leverage smart manufacturing to scale regenerative medicine products so they can be delivered to more people faster. 

The center includes equipment from Rockwell, Air Science, Cytiva, Festo and HID Global. The focal point of the center is a fully automated Cytiva equipment process train integrated with various Rockwell technologies. These include a distributed control system, a manufacturing execution system, and a digital twin.

“The Rockwell Experience Center demonstrates Rockwell’s longstanding support of ARMI and the role smart manufacturing technologies can play to bring regenerative medicine to scale,” said Blake Moret, ARMI board member and chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation. “ARMI’s work training workers to compete and win in this fast-moving industry is an exciting model for manufacturing and for American competitiveness.”

ARMI is led by inventor Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics and inventor of the Segway human transporter, the first automatic, wearable insulin pump, portable dialysis machines, a water purifier, an all-terrain electric wheelchair and the DEKA-Luke prosthetic arm. Kamen has said he engaged Moret in ARMI’s earliest days, seeing the potential role automation could play bridging the gap between laboratory science and a commercially viable product. 

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