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CRG Automation Honored by Robotics Business Review

RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards Recognize Creativity, Influence on Industry

APRIL 19, 2022 LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY — Robotics Business Review today honored CRG Automation with its RBR50 Robotics Innovation Award, praising the company’s work advancing robotics. The publication recognized the company’s contribution to the U.S. Department of Defense’s work decommissioning the Army’s remaining chemical weapons.

In partnership with companies including Amentum and Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass, the engineers at CRG Automation helped overhaul the destruction of an aging stockpile of the Army’s M55 rockets, the last and most deadly of their kind. The teamwork met the revamped goals focused on safety and efficiency established by the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA), which oversees the destruction of the nation’s chemical weapons.

Robotics Business Review’s judges lauded the project for its improvements, as well as “major social and political implications worldwide.” The RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards honor the most creative and influential innovations from around the world to advance the state of robotics. Widely recognized throughout the world as a leading indicator of robotics innovation leadership, the RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards are also a critical measure of robotics sector growth.

“My big takeaway here is that this is a great story about collaboration and combining expertise from different companies,” said The Robot Report Editor Steve Crowe in interviewing CRG Automation President James DeSmet. “There's been a lot of great use cases of robotics and automation over the years, but decommissioning chemical weapons, I can't think of anything that's better than that.”

“For the robotics sector, the role, importance, and impact of innovation has never been greater,” added Dan Kara, vice president of robotics at WTWH Media. “With this year’s RBR50 Robotics Innovation Awards, Robotics Business Review highlights those critical innovations, and the organizations responsible for them, that will spur the development of new robotics solutions and drive robotics adoption forward.”

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