MVP Robotics Chooses Columbia Tech
Changing the Face of Football Practice
The project began when Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens eliminated live tackling from football practice in an attempt to reduce this statistic for his team.
Within a year they had launched their first product: the MVP | DRIVE. The technology was well-received and MVP completely sold out within their first two years of operation. The new tackle robots were quickly adopted by over half the NFL, more than forty colleges, and over seventy-five high schools throughout the US.
Developing the Next Generation of Self-Righting Tackle Dummies
In 2019, MVP launched a new, more affordable model designed to fit the performance needs and budgets of high school and youth programs. The new MVP | SPRINT model weighs 160lbs and has a top speed of 16-18 mph. It was designed and engineered in conjunction with Westborough manufacturer, Columbia Tech.
The MVP team recognized that they needed an experienced contract manufacturer to help them design a lighter, more affordable tackle dummy. After exploring several options in the area, they chose Columbia Tech.
“Columbia Tech has helped us accelerate the product launch cycle for MVP’s robotic training systems. It’s been a great relationship back and forth. We’ve been able to pull in other engineers for focused areas of expertise and hands-on assembly when needed. Our partnership with Columbia Tech allows us to flex our team as needed to meet market demands.”
The Caring Associates at Columbia Tech provided full, from the ground-up, design and engineering support for the MVP team to help them create a product that would meet their goals. Over the course of the project, Columbia Tech implemented best practices for build and assembly documentation, as well as provided DFM services to streamline their production timeline. Within a year of completing the concept design, the new SPRINT model was launched. MVP sold out of the initial 50 units and a new run of 130 units is already sold out.
The Future of Robotic Training Systems
Following the successful development and introduction of the world’s first robotic tackling dummy, new opportunities and applications for the technology have presented themselves along the way. MVP has continued developing its patented robotic system and is currently designing a remote-controlled, fully armored, all-terrain, and responsive live-fire target for tactical training applications. Other opportunities include using the dummies as stand-ins for pedestrians when testing autonomous vehicles.
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