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REACHING OUT: ECU faculty partner with region on technology

(Feb. 3, 2012)   —   Seven delegates from Halifax Community College crowded around a table at East Carolina University’s College of Technology and Computer Science in mid-January staring at what looks like industrial junk.

The programmable universal machine for assembly, commonly called a PUMA, is the product of a bygone era. Commonly used by manufacturers in the 1980s, it is a dinosaur compared to the robots running functions a few classrooms away.