Pewaukee firm’s R&D arm produces spinoffs


In 1998, Kurt Brandt founded Brandt Innovative Technologies in Pewaukee with the intention of creating a company that could provide manufacturers with customized solutions for their manufacturing technology needs.

Since then, two spinoff companies have emerged through research and development done by Brandt Innovative Technologies, and Brandt is on the verge of commercializing a few of those products.

Brandt says his original intent was to develop 10 or more high-growth company spinoffs from Brandt Innovative Technologies.

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“Brandt Innovative Technologies (BIT) was formed basically with two component arms,” he said. “The first was the original revenue-generating part of the company that develops customized technology-based test systems for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies across the globe. The second was the research and development arm where we took the test systems we were developing and researched new ways to implement the technology.”

Abiolux LLC, a company that uses BIT developed technology to noninvasively determine the contents of solid containers, and Megatron Electromagnetic Systems Inc., a company that uses patent pending technology to protect data and data equipment from high voltage and the potential threat of electronic warfare, are the two companies that have spun out of the research and development arm of BIT, Brandt said.

“The research and development part of BIT is really complimentary to the test system development arm,” Brandt said. “The goal of the R&D division is to identify technology voids in the market place and is usually done by identifying places in the development process of our test system customers that can be improved.”

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Abiolux LLC was developed out of a customized project done for an injection molding company, Brandt said.

“The company needed a way to measure the mold-making process in real time, and they needed to do it wirelessly,” Brandt said.

The Abiolux measuring tool is a mobile device that uses patent-pending, noninvasive sensing technology to determine the contents of any closed container within seconds.

“It can detect the contents of any container, regardless of what the container is made out of,” Brandt said. “The added benefit is that it is portable, it can be done from a distance, it’s safe and doesn’t require a physical sample of the content to run the test.”

According to Brandt, BIT is working on prototype Abiolux products for the U.S. Department of Defense, the health care industry, and the food and beverage industry.

“The applicable proponents of this product are endless,” Brandt said. “We’re excited about it.”

Megatron Electromagnetic Systems addresses the issue of a possible electromagnetic pulse attack on the electronic systems in the United States, Brandt said.

“What people don’t realize is that the electronic warfare industry is a $100 billion global industry,” Brandt said. “Nearly every developed country has electromagnetic pulse weapons that can either destroy or temporarily disable electronic switchboards for use during war.”

According to Brandt, the biggest threat for the infrastructure of the United States is an attack on the web of electronics that helps our country function. BIT has been developing high voltage test systems for its clients for the past nine years and during that process has had to develop devices to protect its own equipment, Brandt said.

“We began researching possible ways to develop a turn-key solution that could protect against the threat of a possible electromagnetic pulse attack,” he said.

Using a patented mix of advanced materials, nano-materials and specialized electronics the Megatron EMP enclosures can protect devices from radiated and conducted electromagnetic threats of varying levels, Brandt said.

“Our go-to-market strategy is focused on providing turn-key solutions for Mission Critical IT infrastructures,” he said. “We will start out by offering enclosures for servers and routers and move to mobile computing and wireless devices. In the future we plan to develop customized solutions using the same technology for use in large-scale military applications.”

The company is also in the process of developing prototypes that would have energy harvesting capabilities to improve efficiency and reduce energy waste, Brandt said.

“Again, the opportunities for use with these products are endless,” he said. “If we can develop these prototypes to help customers get a return on their investment in terms of power and green energy then that’s an added bonus. In addition to its use in the U.S. Department of Defense and Homeland Security, this type of technology can be applied for use across many different industries.”

Brandt Innovative Technologies
Location: Pewaukee
Innovation: Noninvasive sensory technology, electromagnetic pulse protection enclosure

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