Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development (R&D) organizations in the United States. Founded in 1947, SwRI provides contract research and development services to industrial and government clients. The Institute is governed by a board of directors, which is advised by approximately 100 trustees.
SwRI consists of nine technical divisions that offer multidisciplinary, problem-solving services in a variety of areas in engineering and the physical sciences. Over 4,000 projects were active at the Institute at the close of fiscal year 2020. These projects were funded almost equally between the government and commercial sectors.
Advanced Robotics and Automation
The Manufacturing Robotics Technology Department has been in operation for over 30 years with diverse experience developing requirements-driven solutions for DOD customers. SwRI has been involved in the aerospace depaint market developing custom systems for plastic media blast (PMB) as well as developing state-of-the-art laser depaint systems. Additionally, SwRI supports custom process development for advanced applications such as sanding, blending, inspection, and coating, allowing customers to utilize robotic technologies in novel ways.
SwRI leads the ROS-Industrial consortium, which is an open-source project that extends the advanced capabilities of ROS software to industrial relevant hardware and applications. ROS enables topics such as path planning, perception, mobility, and hardware integration. Leveraging the open-source development projects, clients receive high value advanced capabilities with low development costs.