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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

$71 million for Alabama Robotics Technology Park

The Alabama Robotics Technology Park (RTP) is a collaboration between the state of Alabama, Calhoun Community College, Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT), and robotics industry leaders across the nation.  RTP will consist of three individual training facilities each targeted to a specific industry need. The three buildings will have an investment of approximately $71 million including robotics equipment.

  • The Robotic Maintenance Training Center was opened on September 15, 2010 and house an industry training program where technicians will be trained to work on robotic machinery. The 52,000 square foot facility will be staffed by trainers supplied by top robot builders and will be home to several major robotics and automation brands.
  • The Advanced Technology Research and Development Center will feature a test facility for companies currently in the robotics manufacturing industry. The 30,000 square foot facility will be used for the purpose of research, development and testing of leading edge robotics used for military projects and space exploration. The structure will have appropriate infrastructure to support these activities with substantial outdoor areas for testing in a variety of environments.
  • The Integration and Entrepreneurial Center will be a collaborative consolidation of technology involving higher education and industry. This facility will allow companies to build and adapt robots for new industries. Start-up plants will be able to set up manufacturing lines to integrate software and equipment, test systems and train maintenance and production staff.

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