Product Development Services
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.