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Company Overview

PushCorp was founded March, 1993 to commercially market technology developed through university research. The company has since completed many highly successful commercial industrial automation projects. These projects have covered technologies ranging from mechanical manipulator design to machine vision inspection, with success primarily due to a combination of extensive practical industry experience and thorough theoretical engineering knowledge.

A State of Texas Advanced Technology Program granted to Dr. O. Robert Mitchell at the University of Texas at Arlington funded the development of an Adjustable Force Device (AFD) by Dr. Edwin Erlbacher, (now the president of PushCorp, Inc.) as the basis of his Ph.D. dissertation. The primary use of this device is to enable robotic equipment to perform delicate grinding, sanding, and polishing operations previously difficult or impossible to accomplish in an automated fashion. The adjustable force device implements novel feedback control algorithms and a compact mechanical design to provide unprecedented performance. This feedback arrangement is the basis for a United States patent (5,448,146) covering the AFD technology.

Since its inception, a primary goal of PushCorp, Inc. is to continuously search for and develop new and unique products. As evidence of this, PushCorp has developed, on average, two to three new products per year throughout its history. Many of these new products are in direct response to customer needs.  Many times customers contact PushCorp to develop a specific product outside of their core business.   Sometimes these projects become a standard PushCorp product or remain a unique product for that specific customer.  This intense design and development activity serves to keep PushCorp personnel in touch with the latest technologies available in the automation and robotics field.

All of the equipment produced by PushCorp is the result of significant efforts in mechanical, electrical, and software design, controls, sensor integration, component procurement, and fabrication. The products are designed with great attention to ease of manufacture with emphasis on reducing component part count. This philosophy effectively reduces manufacturing costs while increasing overall product reliability.

In addition to its on-going manufacturing business, PushCorp continues to be involved in research and development activities.  In 1995 the United States Navy awarded PushCorp a $65,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research contract to evaluate the feasibility of a portable robotic manipulator to perform field repairs on composite aircraft.  PushCorp was selected out of a field of hundreds of applicants for this contract.  In 1997, a two year $750,000 Phase II contract was awarded to PushCorp to build a prototype of the robotic composite repair manipulator. In 2009, PushCorp successfully completed a Navy MANTECH Contract to design and build a Weld Seam Facing tool to remove the bulk of weld reinforcement that occurs during butt welding of hull and deck panels. This externally funded research is in addition to the internal research and development to continuously improve existing products and develop new products as requested by customers.

Facilities / Equipment

PushCorp is an engineering design and manufacturing company located in Garland, Texas. The 20,000 square foot facility is equipped to support high-tech production and product development. Computer design resources are available for mechanical 3D CAD/CAM using SolidWorks, COSMOS (FEA) and AutoCAD design software. PushCorp has software tools to enable embedded system design and development including electrical schematic-capture, simulation, and board layout, as well as a complete micro-controller software development environment. In-house prototype fabrication is possible with on-site equipment including a Fadal CNC machining center, Bridgeport mill, 16 inch engine lathe, welding fabrication equipment and all the associated tooling accessories. Also on site is a complete quality control lab with a large selection of measurement tools and a Brown & Sharpe Coordinate Measuring Machine. These facilities allow complete electromechanical prototype systems to be quickly designed, fabricated, implemented and evaluated. PushCorp also has on site, a large KUKA KR125 industrial robot.

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PushCorp has sold and supports hundreds of products in production service at companies all over the world. Some of these companies include:

  • General Motors
  • Saturn Corporation
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Chrysler Corporation
  • Caterpillar
  • John Deere
  • Visteon Glass
  • RCA-Thompson
  • Kuntz Electroplating
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Spirit Aerosystems
  • Kohler
  • Mercury Marine
  • Toyota
  • Mercedes
  • 3M Company, USA, UK
  • Boeing Aircraft Company
  • Mack Truck
  • Rubber Maid
  • Goodrich Aerospace
  • LIPS Production, Netherlands
  • Techspace Aero, Belgium
  • Subaru-Isuzu
  • IAE, South Korea
  • Honda
  • Nissan
  • Harley Davidson
  • Northrop Grumman Ship Yard
  • Bath Iron Works Ship Yard
  • Batesville Casket