Richard Bergs focuses on new product and process development utilizing:
• Technology Driven Market Intelligence – conduct research to determine what is the first market to approach, how to approach it, competing products, etc.
• Technology / Supplier Scouting – before re-inventing the wheel, is there something / someone used in a different market that can be applied in this situation.
• Prototyping – move the concept forward, starting from a sketch to proof-of-concept to a performance prototype that can be used for investor / marketing meetings.
• 3D Printing – 3d printing is very useful and capable, but it does not fit all categories and there are certain limitations that need to be known and addressed.
• Utilize Lean Product Development and Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Principles – accomplish as much with as little as possible, reducing costs and complexity.
• Understand Cyber Security Risks – understand the risks associated with certain concepts related to interconnectivity of devices.
• Sensorization of Processes – increasing knowledge / insight into current processes allowing for increased efficiency and / or implementing preventive measures.
•Automation of a Process – automation must make sense, both logically and financially.
Areas of Expertise:
Richard’s area of expertise fit in well with Industry 4.0 initiatives, specifically machine vision, system controls ranging from product to specific process (sensing and decision logic), mechanical design, industrial automation, flexible assembly systems, PLCs, fluid power, haptic devices, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things (IoT), Industrial Internet of Things (IioT), and medical devices, ranging from data collection / storage to surgical devices / robotics.
Scope of Experience:
Richard has worked in the new product and process area for over 20 years. In that time, the range of projects have extended into the defense industry, cyber security, autonomous vehicle and human navigation, interactive displays, surgical tools and simulators to moving products / processes from concept to commercial success.
Richard’s assignments have included design and assembly of multiple types of new products including medical devices and new machine equipment, to name a few. Richard has worked with multiple companies in new product development, spanning from ideation to automation of production equipment.
Education and Training:
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from a joint program between The University of Texas at Arlington and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Richard has attended Innovation Engineering Black Belt training, which allows for customizing the innovation programs for TMAC customers. Richard is a master trainer for the MEP Technology Scouting and Technology Driven Market Intelligence, and has conducted multiple projects in addition to training courses. To gain a better understanding of cyber security issues, Richard has taken training related to ethical hacking, which is used in workshops taught to warn of simple things that can be done to better protect oneself, and understanding how this fits into NIST 800-171.
Honors, Awards and Special Accomplishments:
Richard is listed as an inventor on numerous US patents. He was part of a Home and Garden television special in 2007, and was a team member for the construction of a Christmas display for Neiman Marcus. Richard designed the inner workings of Albert HUBO for Hanson Robotics head, which was unveiled at the APEC summit in November 2005 in Busan, Korea. The Albert HUBO greeted world leaders, school children, the public at large and the media over the span of five days of presentations. Resoundingly, according to U.S. News, CNN and MSNBC, the Albert HUBO was the hit of the show at the APEC summit. Richard then went on to design the inner workings of Phillip K. Dick for Hanson Robotics in preparation for Wired magazine’s NextFest in 2005. The robot was interviewed and covered on the Discovery Channel, as well as local news networks.
Automation & Robotics Research Institute