David DeBoer, CEO
Our next generation of industry—Industry 4.0—holds the promise of increased flexibility in manufacturing, along with mass customization, better quality, and improved productivity. It thus enables companies to cope with the challenges of producing increasingly individualized products with a short lead-time to market and higher quality. Typical resources are converted into intelligent objects so that they can sense, act, and behave within a smart environment. Being a global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of customized, premium intelligent machinery that integrates sensor-based feedback to modify machine control and performance, Burke Porter Group is a well-renowned company with a proven track record in machinery manufacturing. Prominently, BPG has an international footprint serving the automotive, advanced manufacturing and life science markets throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. With their significant machine building expertise, the company has been successfully serving customers in many industries and localized service for over 60 years. BPG continues growing its end markets and a global presence through an innovative line of products and technologies from strategic acquisitions, internal product developments, and enhanced customer service. Thus, BPG is dedicated to bringing customers the most intelligent and innovative solutions available.
With decade-long of experience in developing intelligent machine technologies for the automotive industry, BPG is capable of effortlessly design systems that collect test-data and provide the tools for its customers to analyze that data to adjust and improve their product’s design. BPG thoroughly understands the concept behind industrial internet of things (IIoT)—a natural extension of “smart” buildings, in which “smart” appliances, HVAC, lighting and security—are controlled automatically through wired or wireless networks.
AI could assess how many times an adjustment is being made and in which way that information could then be fed back to the factory
Also, for smart factories, “It’s the interconnectivity that’s recently been added,” states David DeBoer, the CEO at Burke Porter Group.
Interestingly, BPG has long been at the forefront of manufacturing and testing equipment. Individually and as a group, BPG collaborates with their customers to engineer state-of-the-art solutions to their manufacturing and design problems. And, once the solutions are up and running, the companies of the Burke Porter Group continues to support those installations through the entire lifecycle of a project – from conception to eventual advancement. BPG engineers solve complex problems in a holistic and timely manner. When a client engages with a BPG company, they are tapping into a global resource of creativity and accuracy unmatched by any other company or group. A long history of supporting automotive OEMs and tier companies has given BPG a direct, first-hand understanding of what it means when someone says that they ‘simply cannot have downtime!’ Because of this, BPG’s number one corporate value is unmatched high-level of customer service—starting from conceptualization, project management, installation, test, to operation. The people of BPG are part of a worldwide group dedicated to solving problems – helping, building, and collaborating. For example, Burke Porter’s multi-line non-contact wheel alignment system (NCA) uses laser scanners to measure vehicle toe, caster, and camber, and display accurate readings so that operators can adjust in real-time. DeBoer has also said that someday in the not-too-distant future, artificial intelligence (AI) will make the need for a human operator obsolete.
AI could “assess how many times an adjustment is being made and in which way that information could then be fed back to the factory in order to make modifications earlier in the process, and as a result speed up the end-of-line test process,” DeBoer concludes.
Therefore at Burke Porter Group, intelligent machinery solutions ensure the highest level of quality and the best support system – both now and in the smart factories and laboratories of the future!