Cincinnati-based engineering technology company Brighton Technologies Group
(BTG) is expanding its product line and workforce in 2014. The company will debut its new Android-based Surface Analyst handheld unit later this year and is currently in the process of developing a robotic version for automated assembly lines.
After debuting it’s hand-held Surface Analyst technology in 2010 (touched on in Soapbox here
), the company has expanded its client base to include customers in a variety of industries. The technology assesses a surface's readiness for bonding, coating, or printing; thus far BTG’s clients include Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, GM, Apple, Honda, Johnson & Johnson and more.
“Essentially, our tools are about reducing costs, saving time and building in a higher margin of safety,” says Lucas Dillingham, Marketing Sales Director for BTG. “It’s about quality control and knowing what’s going on with your product during each step of the manufacturing process.”
While the older version of the handheld Surface Analyst was equipped with a computer process running Windows XP, the new Android instrument has 5 times greater battery life, new UX/UI design for smoother operation, and custom built integrated circuit boards to ensure greater reliability in manufacturing applications as well as easier manufacture. All instruments are built and serviced through the BTG’s St. Bernard based facility.
“Cincinnati has a history as a manufacturing town, which is definitely an advantage for us,” says Dillingham. “There’s a really strong core network of people who build things here.”
BTG is looking to add to this network of people in 2014, as its growth has necessitated the need for it to look for additional sales representatives and product managers.
“We’re working on some of our biggest projects this year, including an NSF
grant for the development of our robotic technology,” says Dillingham.
In 2013, BTG was awarded a $150,000 grant to develop a prototype of the technology, which would have huge benefits for the automotive industry. Now they are aiming to receive a $750,000 phase 2 grant to turn the prototype into a product. BTG already partnered with GM for some of the prototype work and has several other clients interested in the as of yet unreleased technology.
To learn more, visit http://btgnow.com
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