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Grant aims to boost U.S. manufacturing

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After taking a nosedive with the loss of 5.8 million factory jobs between 2000 and 2009, American manufacturing is on the upswing.

To continue the momentum, UT Arlington will a use grant from the Walmart Foundation to build a robotic small motors assembly and testing system that would cut manufacturing costs and allow more goods to be produced in the United States.

The Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Grant was part of an announcement of $4 million in awards to seven research and development institutions. Made possible through a collaboration among Walmart, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the Walmart Foundation, the grants fund creation of new processes, ideas, and jobs that will boost America’s growing manufacturing footprint.

Aditya Das, senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, will lead UTA’s efforts. The institute has conducted pioneering research in automated product miniaturization and system integration for more than a decade.

“We can leverage all the tools and knowledge we’ve built up during that time and put them to use on this project,” Dr. Das says. “Walmart is committed to bringing manufacturing to America. We do our part to develop U.S. manufacturing by building a machine that helps produce these small motors.”

The motors are found in toys, small appliances, electric shavers, hair dryers, electronic devices, and a bevy of other consumer goods.

Cindi Marsiglio, Walmart vice president of U.S. sourcing and manufacturing, says this year’s grant recipients represent the ingenuity and inventive thinking that ultimately could unlock the full potential of manufacturing in the United States.

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