Bishop-Wisecarver Group Supports the Future of Manufacturing as a 2013 FIRST® Diamond Supplier

Bishop-Wisecarver Group Continues Its Support as a Sponsor in an Effort to Spark High School Students' Interest in a Manufacturing Career

Pittsburg, CA -- March 13, 2013 -- The Bishop-Wisecarver Group (BWG), a WBENC certified woman-owned family of companies who work with manufacturers to engineer, produce, and build linear and rotary motion solutions, custom complex assemblies, and optimal embedded intelligence systems, has continued its dedication of supporting STEM initiatives with FIRST as a Diamond Supplier of this year's robotics competition.

BWG is also sponsoring three Northern California high school robotics teams, capturing the students' and mentors' experiences on their company blog and sharing through social media channels.

"The Bishop-Wisecarver Group is an avid supporter of technical education in grades K-12, and we are fortunate to be able to help FIRST teams throughout their journeys," said Pamela Kan, President of Bishop-Wisecarver Group.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is designed to engage hands-on learning, said Kan, which develops a student's preparedness for both higher education as well as future technical career opportunities.

"The FIRST Robotics Competition is an ideal venue for our ongoing focus on supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives."

The FIRST competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology for students across the globe every year. Under strict rules, limited resources, and tight deadlines, teams are tasked with raising funds, designing a team brand, developing a strategy, and building a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Thousands of mentors and sponsors donate time, money, and resources to students.

With thousands of teams competing in the 2013 FIRST program, Bishop-Wisecarver Group is excited about rooting for their sponsored California-based teams: Fembots #692 from St. Francis High School, Robodogs #2085 from Vacaville High School, and Patriots #3470 from Heritage High School.

"I am looking forward to attending this year's event and meeting with teams from all over the world to hear their stories," said Brian Burke, Product Manager at Bishop-Wisecarver Group. "This program provides students with a real world experience in engineering that is invaluable. It's an honor to be a sponsor and resource to this growing program."

The organization's vision and mission according to Founder Dean Kamen is, "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."

To learn more about the FIRST Robotics Competition, visit For more information about Bishop-Wisecarver Group and its family of solutions, visit To follow company updates and competition coverage, follow us on Twitter at

Featured Product

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots - Collaborative Robot Solutions

Universal Robots is a result of many years of intensive research in robotics. The product portfolio includes the UR5 and UR10 models that handle payloads of up to 11.3 lbs. and 22.6 lbs. respectively. The six-axis robot arms weigh as little as 40 lbs. with reach capabilities of up to 51 inches. Repeatability of +/- .004" allows quick precision handling of even microscopically small parts. After initial risk assessment, the collaborative Universal Robots can operate alongside human operators without cumbersome and expensive safety guarding. This makes it simple and easy to move the light-weight robot around the production, addressing the needs of agile manufacturing even within small- and medium sized companies regarding automation as costly and complex. If the robots come into contact with an employee, the built-in force control limits the forces at contact, adhering to the current safety requirements on force and torque limitations. Intuitively programmed by non-technical users, the robot arms go from box to operation in less than an hour, and typically pay for themselves within 195 days. Since the first UR robot entered the market in 2009, the company has seen substantial growth with the robotic arms now being sold in more than 50 countries worldwide.