Re: [ros-users] Current state of SMACH in ROS

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Author: Edwards, Shaun M.
To: User discussions
Subject: Re: [ros-users] Current state of SMACH in ROS

We are in the initial steps of setting up a consortium to support the development of ROS-Industrial ( ). We are nowhere near standing up the consortium, but assuming we are successful, SMACH is near the top of our list of ROS functionality that needs to be improved. We will certainly work with the ROS community at large to further develop this tool, but the main goal of the consortium is to build on existing tools in a way that servers the needs of industrial users.

Shaun Edwards
Senior Research Engineer
Manufacturing System Department
Southwest Research Institute

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Wim Meeussen
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:04 PM
To: User discussions
Subject: Re: [ros-users] Current state of SMACH in ROS

> So the official maintainer of SMACH is still Wim Meeussen, I handed it off
> to him after I left Willow in late 2010, but I still jump in occasionally to
> answer questions and fix bugs. SMACH is not actively developed (no new
> features are planned at this time), but it should still be maintained. My
> involvement has lapsed a bit over the past year, but I intend to get more
> actively involved.

I wanted to add to this that while SMACH is not actively developed at
this time, we do support it and release it into every ROS
distribution, and it still gets used heavily in both existing and new


Wim Meeussen
Willow Garage Inc.
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