When Porticos launched in 2003, we harnessed our founding engineering team’s extensive experience in cellular phone and mobile accessory design and focused on the design and development of consumer electronic products. But even then, the management team understood the importance of diversification, and it wasn’t long before Porticos expanded into military and public safety products. A few years later, we reached again, expanding into medical products and light industrial products.
Those early decisions set a solid foundation, one that has allowed Porticos to grow into a recognized leader in product development and providing engineering services to customers ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.
A New Market for Porticos Product Design: Commercial
In the spirit of continued growth, Porticos is announcing the expansion of our market focus to include commercial. We will consolidate our light industrial and energy systems markets and designate it Commercial.
Our new Commercial market focus will showcase our specialty within: products and equipment that are used for:
- manufacturing (capacitor assembly, etc.)
- inspection (test fixtures, test & verification, etc.)
- processing (mail sorters, etc.)
- transportation (military vehicles, tractor trailer ramps, etc.)
- construction (excavators, tractors, skid-steers, etc. or their related accessories such as buckets, etc.)
A Mechanical Perspective
Why the new focus? Quite simply, it aligns with Porticos’ core strength for mechanical design and analysis. From a purely mechanical perspective, Porticos has the tools and the engineering expertise to handle the unique challenges associated with products in the industrial and heavy equipment markets. Thanks to our incredibly talented team, this “new” market actually won’t be new to our engineers, since many at Porticos have been involved in projects such as:
- Advanced vehicle suspension systems for military (Future Combat Systems Multifunction Utility/Logistics Equipment (FCS MULE) & DARPA Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle (UGCV)) and off-road (Hunter Class 10, Model E “Tritanium”) for Millenworks.
- Design flight and test hardware for International Space Station & Delta IV Launch Vehicle for Boeing.
- Design and simulation of suspension systems and related structures for specialty off-highway vehicles for Kress.
- Wheel Loader hydro-mechanical work tool, ARMY SWL lift arms, zero-offset coupler and adapter design and development along with backhoe loader component designs for Caterpillar.
- High-speed mail insertion machines involving paper handling, mechanism design, system level design and controls for Bell & Howell.
- Hydraulic-activated actuators design and development for Bijur.
- Automated & Semi-Automated assembly equipment for LED based products for Dialight.
- Front steerable drive axle and transfer case design refinement for Fabco.
- Active hydraulic damper design for helicopter application for Lord.
An Electronics Perspective
New products in the industrial and heavy equipment market are going to be increasingly dependent on integration of electronics for everything from diagnostics to asset tracking to remote and/or autonomous operation. This “electronic revolution”—vital to up and coming Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)—is exactly in line with capabilities that Porticos provides today to their customers in consumer, medical and military applications. That means we’re more than just ready for the industrial and heavy equipment markets—we’re uniquely situated to excel in it.
- Leverage Our Electronic/Communication Expertise: Industrial and heavy equipment companies who traditionally do not have expertise in the implementation of electronic and/or wireless communications can leverage Porticos and Porticos’ key partners to be more efficient and effective in that transition.
- Porticos Service and Innovation: New industrial and heavy equipment customers will be able to enjoy the same flexibility in services and engagement models that Porticos’ existing customers have benefitted from for years. Ranging from á la carte services for simulation or CAD (I.E. Level 1 Support) to complete turn-key solutions for the entire product, sub-assembly and/or custom components (I.E. Level 6 Support).
- Cost Effectiveness from a Global Perspective: Porticos’ in-depth knowledge of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR) restrictions and internal processes developed by Porticos to evaluate a product on a piece-by-piece basis for compliance opens the door to a hybrid support model that can provide for a more cost effective total solution for some customers.
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The Porticos team is excited by the opportunities available in the commercial market space and is ready to accept the challenges associated with supporting those new customers.