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In this day and age there is a lack of Design Engineering follow through for manufacturing on most projects. Our staff has experience in taking projects from a dinner napkin sketch all the way through production release. We are not just designers and engineers, we are creative problem-solving people that share risk with our clients.
Design manufacturing and performance engineering is one place most companies fall short. Four elements has the experience to get your project out of the clouds and into production.
The patent process actually starts well before you file a patent application or seek assistance from a patent attorney. Every patent application starts with an invention, and every invention starts with an idea. While ideas are not patentable, there will be a point in time when the idea you are working on comes into vision with enough detail to cross what we call the idea / invention boundary. To have a protectable invention you have to be able to describe it with enough detail so that someone of skill in the relevant technical field can understand how to both make and use the invention. Once we do that, our patent attorney will file a patent application on your behalf.
We have our own in-house prototype making capabilities. Having this in-house ability makes the transition from design and engineering to a real part with minimal communication breakdowns. This also allows us to make on-the-fly changes since our designers and engineers are at the same location.
So you have a great idea for a product–something that’s bound to capture the hearts and minds (and wallets) of consumers everywhere. Wait! Before you shift into high gear, you must determine whether there really is a market for your product and the retail pricing that the market can bare. Four Elements Sales and Market Research Team will conduct the necessary market research. We will gather two types of data: primary and secondary. Primary research is information that comes directly from the source–that is, potential customers via surveys, focus groups and other methods. Secondary research involves gathering statistics, reports, studies and other data from organizations such as government agencies, trade associations and local chambers of commerce.
Our designers and engineers have years of experience in taking projects all the way through manufacture. Some of our clients ask us to manage these outside manufacturing efforts for them.
Since we are typically involved in the product development of a project it is an easy transition for us to help our clients develop automation equipment for the build and testing of their products. We are the only product development company in the world that offers this service in-house.
No longer is there a need to hire one firm to handle the housing and another to handle the development of internal electronics. With in-house capabilites, we can provide a complete turn key prototype of your electronics and housings.
As technology continues to make more devices capable of communication with their user, our firm stands ready to provide the support needed for all User Interface, Bluetooth, ANT, and other mobile technologies.
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Four Elements, LLC is often presented with investment opportunities from clients seeking capitalization for their project/invention. Clients at times are just looking to outright sell their ideas or invention and 4E can act as a liason between both parties. If you’re seeking investment opportunities, email or call our corporate office at email@example.com or 813.999.4971.
The true essence of entrepreneurship is to define, invest, build, and repeat successful enterprises. The entrepreneur develops a business model, acquires the human and other required resources, and is fully responsible for its success of failure. 4E matches the wants and needs of Entrepreneurs with that of our clients to develop a mutually beneficial relationship ultimately leading to a financial reward for both parties. To inquire about entreprenurial opportunities, email or call our corporate office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 813.999.4971.
Do you have an idea for a prodct or service? Are you looking for a development team to bring your concept from a dinner napkin sketch to erality? Four Elements Product Development has worked for over 30 years and brought over 3500 projects to market. We have the passion, vision, and expertise that’s required to successfully design, prototype, market, and manufacture your product or service. Peruse our website and you will see some of the projects we’ve worked on and testimonials from our clients.
At For Elements, LLC, we understand that improving efficiency involves more than implementing new technologies. Our automation engineering consultants can help you upgrade or use your existing sytems and infrastructure to enhance your plant-centric processes and operations for stronger business performance. Every project benefitrs from our deep experience in a variety of industries, platforms, and technologies. Our proven execution methodology guides our process to ensure that we implement solutions in a safe, cost-effective, and timely manner, meeting or exceeding all of your project goals.
4E provides consulting services and practical experience in product development, sourcing, and vendor collaboration. Our expertise will help you streamline your business processes, improve responsiveness to pre-production and production events, and reduce your overall development calendar. The professionals at Four Elements, LCC, help retailers identify process improvement opportunities in their product development and sourcing practices. By implementing enhanced processes, we help you increase margin, maximize brand profitability, and improve your product development and sourcing team’s speed and agility. To find out more, contact us at 813.999.4971.
Senior Vice President
About Damon Johnston
Damon Johnston has over 35 years of experience as a project engineer, program manager and senior level management bringing projects to commercialization. Damon has been awarded nine U.S. patents, owned several companies and worked for major corporations and high profile Chicago based design firms. In all of these positions he has managed the efforts of complete product development and implementation into manufacturing. He also has extensive experience managing and sourcing offshore manufacturing of products. A small sample of Damon’s management portfolio includes: Proctor and Gamble Swiffer program, a tethered rechargeable ratchet wrench for the Endeavor shuttle, Heinz Ketchup squeeze bottle,and the Coleman generator for camping use. Damon is a professional member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and has extensive experience in plastic product development and implementation into manufacturing. Mr. Johnston served his country as a U.S. Marine Sergeant instructor at Officer Candidate School, Quantico VA.
Vice President - Operations
About Ed Manasse
With more than 20 years of progressively responsible experience directing operations and team building through superior leadership, including implementing budget reductions, installing effective management information systems and leveraging resources, Ed is a powerful business driver whose entrepreneurial instincts and clarity of vision have carried multiple companies through rapid and continuous growth.
Ed is distinguished by his passion for business and his commitment to meeting customer and market demands. His contagious enthusiasm instills him and his team members with extraordinary energy and dedication in an environment where creativity and innovation are encouraged. Ed does not just set out ambitious goals … he motivates people to deliver in a timely, efficient and professional manner to the end user/customer.
Ed earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida majoring in economics and political science and spends much of his free time with his family of 7 pursuing outdoor adventures.
About Bruce Melanson
Bruce Melanson embodies all that is the entrepreneurial spirit. Over the last 35 years Bruce has founded over a dozen companies in many states and countries. With his Midas touch, he has turned them all into gold! Bruce’s keen eye for business, and love of numbers, has made him a key mentor for many seeking commercial success. Bruce is a true Florida native and in his free time enjoys all that Florida has to offer, from boating to catching one of Tampa’s many concerts.
Steve Bannister, PhD
About Steve Bannister, PhD
Dr. Bannister is a physical and analytical chemist with more than 30 years of industrial product development experience. Steve develops product formulations and selects container and other product-contact materials based on chemical compatibilities. Using a variety of instrumental techniques he assesses the potency and stability of product-package combinations. Areas of technical expertise include solution thermodynamics (solubility, extractability, vaporization and freezing phenomena, and acid-base behavior); chemical kinetics (degradation reaction rates and stability predictions), and solid-state phenomena (chemical reactions and phase transitions). Steve has a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Georgia and MS and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Kansas.
John Belle, PhD
About John Belle, PhD
If asked, John Belle can honestly claim that he is a rocket scientist. For the past 30 years, he has worked as a structural mechanics engineer in advanced product development for the aerospace and medical industry. Belle began his education at College of DuPage and finished his undergraduate degree in mechanical/aerospace engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology. Significant projects he has worked on include: Airborne Laser Modules installation and flight structure repair of the YAL-1; dual speed centrifuge design for the AMICUS®, a continual process apheresis blood cell separator from Fenwal, Inc; primary support structure for the F-18E/F fighter 20mm Gatling gun; and of course rockets (Atlas, Centaur, Shuttle-Centaur, Trident II D-5 3rd Stage nozzle, Titan-IV Engines both solid and liquid, Shuttle RSRM, and the CrIS instrument of the NPOESS Satellite).
Damon is a get-it-done person. He is a great product development thinker and doer. But what's is truly remarkable about him is he does great work with a big smile and a tremendously positive attitude. He is a joy to work with on any tough problem and is an excellent collaborator and team player. If you choose his firm for your project you will get world class results. Damon thank you again for all your positive energy when we worked together!
Damon is one of those engineers who gets it., Principal Strategist at eDog Consulting
Damon is one of those engineers who gets it. Not only is he very talented as an engineer, he is very creative. He was always willing to work toward the best possible answer and not just take the easy route. Even if it seemed impossible, he would figure out a way to make it work. We worked on some extremely complicated projects and Damon was always there to help find an amazing solution. He is also a great guy and fun to work with. He motivated people to achieve beyond their own expectations and we all had fun doing it. I highly recommend him and hope to have the opportunity to work with him again.
Damon was the most creative and innovative of all the employees which I had…Harvey J. Rowe, Independent Management Consulting Professional ,The Executive
I have twice run a $4 billion companies product development organization and a smaller firm (Packer Technologies) plus involved in product development for smaller firms I ran. Damon was the most creative and innovative of all the employees which I had, finding practical solutions which made the most sense. He is fun to work with a great sense of humor which often broke the ice when ideas were not coming fast enough. He has a high sense of integrity in all that he does.
Damon is an extraordinary business leader.Ken Ryan, Cargo and Business Development Director
Damon is an extraordinary business leader. His engineering expertise combined with a strong business foresight have consistently impressed me. He is that rare individual who has great vision but with feet planted firmly on the ground. He as great instincts during the creative process. This leads to quicker results in product development. He is also blessed with a wicked sense of humor. Makes things fun.
I have had the pleasure in working with Damon over the past 10 years and highly recommend him for any engineering and new product development projects…Robert Reed, Owner, ERGO Research Inc.
I have had the pleasure in working with Damon over the past 10 years and highly recommend him for any engineering and new product development projects because:
- He always is fully prepared, a result of his past experiences or through his diligent research.
- He is an analytic thinker, placing himself in the shoes of the eventual user of the product he is designing.
- His relationships with other development team members is respectful and thoughtful to achieve common purpose.
- His follow through is spectacular.
- He has a great appreciation in meeting established budgets.
- He is focused on delivering quality engineering and a product that works.
- He's fun to work with!
Damon is an engaged leader with a clear vision of performance excellence and enterprise growth.Mark Daniels, Operations, Product Development, Launch, QMS and Program Management
His commitment to the success of clients and business stakeholders is outstanding. He is a world class designer, engineer, innovator and leader in his industry. Damon leads from the heart of human interaction. Driving solutions that influence lasting change and universal benefits. He demonstrates a passion to achieve great results and takes sincere satisfaction in helping organizations achieve world.