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Bear Automation, Inc.

Taking industrial automation above and beyond...

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Bryan Burris and Robert Hime first met at an Rockwell Automation Fair event in 2004.  Through the years they worked together on projects and in 2011 they decided to start Bear Automation, Inc. to serve the automation needs of manufacturers not only in Northwest Arkansas, but all over the United States.
The People 
Bryan Burris

Bryan graduated from Arkansas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1995. Even before graduating, he was working with Modicon control systems as an engineering intern with Eureka Brick and Firestone Tube Company. After graduating, Bryan went to work for a systems integrator in Little Rock. It was here that he began using Wonderware, Intellution, and Allen Bradley products on a wide variety of systems from sidewinder missle case washers to wood chip mills. Bryan worked for Bridgestone\Firestone for a stint broadening his experience with integrating traditional IT systems with control systems. Bryan worked as a systems administrator and database administrator for two years at a startup telecommunications company, further strengthening his IT skills. Bryan was with Tyson Foods, Inc. for eight years starting as a Lead Control Systems Engineer, then MES Pilot project technical lead, then onto running Tyson's Line Integration group that was spawned from the MES pilot project.




Robert Hime
Vice - President

Robert has over 18 years’ experience in the automation and controls arena. He started his career in 1989 as an electrician and then in 1993 he began to work as a control technician at Ball Corporations’ Springdale, Arkansas plant. It was here where he learned and developed his skills in designing, programming, and supporting industrial control systems. In 1998 he left Ball and went to work for a local systems integrator as a control system engineer. While here, he was responsible for projects from sales and concept to completion. He broadened his experience in engineering and programming by developing control systems for a diverse range of manufacturing processes and automated machinery. In 2001 Robert founded Hime Industrial Automation, Inc. a small systems integration company located in Northwest Arkansas. He developed, design and programming strategies for a wide range of system applications that resulted in cost-effective control system designs of the highest quality; winning customer satisfaction and loyalty. With a successful formula in place, Robert was able to develop and maintain good relationships with several key customers and vendors resulting in 380% growth in sales over the first four years of business. In 2008 Robert sold his business to another local systems integration company and worked for that company until February 2010; when he left to take a lead engineering position in the Tyson Foods corporate plant automation group.  Here he worked independently and collaboratively with a cross discipline technical team of engineers and programmers in the development and implementation of control systems throughout all of the Tyson Foods enterprise.