Southern Appalachian Mechanical Engineer That Loves Designing Products and Being Outdoors
Author: Montie Roland
Montie Roland, NPDP is President of Montie Gear, a manufacturer of outdoor sporting equipment in Sanford, NC. Montie is also employed at Pentair in Sanford, NC as a Mechanical Engineer on the New Product Development team.
Montie enjoys finding innovative solutions to customer requirements. He has 15 years of experience engineering products in diverse market spaces including industrial, commercial and military. Montie earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is also the President Emeritus of the Carolinas chapter of the Product Design Management Association (www.pdma.org/carolinas) and a founder of the RTP Product Development Guild (www.rtpproductguild.com).
The Stampede space will host about twelve startups and is in the middle of everything. Parking is free, along with the area’s fastest wi-fi, office furniture, and meeting space. You’re job is to bring a laptop, cell phone, and a good idea. We’ll take care of the rest.
Durham has lots of successful entrepreneurs who are committed to supporting future all-stars. The Bull City also has plenty of service providers who have worked extensively with startups. You’ll have access to all of this during your 60 days.
You’ll be joined by over a dozen other startups so the culture is yours to create. The one guarantee is that you’ll have great coffee shops, nice bars, and tasty restaurants close by to fuel you along the way.
Last week we took our annual trek to Troublesome Gap for our product testing weekend. This is when we suffer through the beautiful scenery and beautiful weather to make sure that Montie Gear products are truly Troublesome Gap Tough.
I enjoy getting out of the office to attend events like the North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA) Event held in Pinehurst April 19-20. Each time, I meet exciting people, obtain invaluable contacts, and learn more about the defense industry. This week’s event does not disappoint. I have connected, and reconnected, with defense industry vendors, and heard from several influential speakers, including Keith Crisco, NC Secretary of Commerce .
Check out the picture from the trade show taken earlier today.
The Fuquay-Varina Economic Development Committee has announced the SPHERE incubator that provides low-cost space for start-up companies in the gaming, simulation and defense industries. Fuquay’s location between the Research Triangle and Ft. Bragg really puts them in a position to benefit from the growth of these industries. Flyer available for download at:
Here at Montie Design, we believe it is important to test, test, and retest a design. This process allows us to identify, and modify potential issues in a way unlike traditional sketching or modeling. Michael Laut of Laut Design said it best, “There’s just no simple way to tell what collides, pinches, abrades, stretches, etc without actually feeling what it’s like to use the product yourself.”
We couldn’t agree more. The evaluation stage plays a pivotal role in our ability to produce high quality products for our customers. Shown below is an example of a collaborative project with Laut Design. Here, the shooter’s posture, aim, and balance are paramount. Thus, we are testing a rifle setup on a flat surface to ensure that the preceding points are addressed.
We’d love to hear from you. What is the most important aspect of product design?
Montie Design has announced its participation in the First Annual Symposium and Expo April 19-20 sponsored by the North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA). The state’s inaugural tradeshow of its kind is expected to draw thousands of innovators and defense industry vendors to the world-famous Pinehurst Resort, along with numerous high-profile, influential speakers such as North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue, Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco, and Lt. General Frank Helmick, the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg commander. Continue reading “Montie Design Announces Participation in Major Defense Industry Expo”
(Morrisville, N.C.) Collaborative product design and development firm Montie Design has announced the winners of its first annual Student Design Contest centering around new additions to the Montie Gear line of outdoor equipment. Prizes will be awarded at the March 25 Final Friday networking event at the Montie Design studios in Morrisville. First prize goes to North Carolina State University student Josh Little, who will collect $500 and receive a two-year commission on his product, the Autolever gun rack, if it is successfully brought to market within two years. Nicholas Pennington, also of NCSU, will be awarded $250 for his second-place design for a Montie Gear slingshot.
“Even the five runners-up had outstanding ideas,” Montie Roland, company president, said. According to Roland, Montie Design enjoys a strong relationship with many premier design schools as well as industry groups for students, such as the Industrial Designers Society of America.
“We’re going to have all the student designs on display at our March 25 Final Friday event, in addition to having some of the contestants on-hand to talk about their experience and professional goals,” he added.
Montie Design’s Final Friday events allow the firm to provide its insights and experience to help the industrial and mechanical engineering and product design communities achieve excellence. They are fun, informal quarterly networking opportunities for product design and manufacturing professionals to mingle in a relaxed atmosphere after work. Attendees at previous Final Fridays have come from small, medium, and large firms from multiple industries, representing the diversity of skills and experience Montie Design applies to each individual project from concept to prototype to market.
There is no cost to attend Final Friday; music, food, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available from 4-6:30 p.m. To RSVP or to get more information, email Jeff Smith at email@example.com.
About Montie Design
Montie Design is a collaborative product design and development firm with core competencies in industrial design, mechanical design and fuzzy front end services. Implementing a client-centric approach in taking products from concept to marketplace, Montie Design balances vision with usability in realizing products that are economical to manufacture, elegant and robust. The firm operates out of the Research Triangle Park region of North Carolina with access to industry-leading technology, resources and innovative thought. For more information, visit www.montie.com.
Sometimes design isn’t about studios and renderings. Sometimes design is about letting the function dictate the form and then going from there. In this video, the custom car building describes how he does just that.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The end result was one really great car!
Montie Design has added to our ever-expanding line of Montie Gear outdoor equipment with the multi-purpose Tree Hook Archery Rest. This new tool for hunters and campers provides sturdy support, whether in a tree stand or campsite, for a bow, crossbow (without quiver), rifle with a sling, or pots, pans and other camp utensils.
Continuing in the Montie Gear tradition of products that are easy to carry and set up, the Tree Hook Archery Rest weighs just 6.9 ounces, with an even lighter 5.7-ounce version also available. This convenient tool has a one-inch strap accommodating trees up to 18 inches in diameter, measures 4.2 inches tall, and sticks out 5.16 inches from the tree once attached.
The Tree Hook Archery Rest is 100% American-made from .188 inch thick 5052 aluminum with an anodized finish available in either clear, black or olive drab. Its catch securely holds a camp lantern or parachute cord (commonly knowns as “550 cord”) and features high quality padding to give hunters support for a bow while not scratching the bow limb.
You asked for it — you got it! Two of our most popular 2011 Lunch and Learn presentations from Barry Cox of Wyle Labs and Jeff Smith from Montie Design and Trajectory Business Services are now available for download and viewing.
Barry’s presentation shares important insights related to the business of developing and bringing engineered products to market:
The next Montie Design Lunch and Learn is “Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements: Understanding their Role and Practical Tips” on March 2nd featuring John Slaughter, intellectual property attorney of the law firm Moore & Van Allen.
In this seminar, John will provide an understanding of how confidentiality agreements fit into the context of intellectual property rights, and how they can be used to protect your rights in business transactions. He will discuss different types of confidentiality agreements, different terms commonly found in such agreements, and practical tips on which types of and terms in confidentiality agreements are appropriate for different situations.
Montie Design has received 13 Stage 1 entries for its first annual student design contest as the February 17 deadline for final design proposals quickly approaches. Students from Appalachian State University, North Carolina State University, and Virginia Tech have sent in their description of basic concept for a new product for the Montie Gear line of outdoor shooting, hunting, camping and archery products.
“We have had a wide variety of product submissions from shooting-related to emergency outdoor survival to outdoor furniture,” said Montie Roland, company president.
Prizes of up to $500 and a two-year commission on any products that go to market within two years of design submission will be awarded.
Participants are being tasked with designing which grew out of the success the firm has enjoyed with its X-Rest line of portable firearms rests. The X-Rest originated as a hands-on, intensive review of product design and manufacturing for Montie Design staff, Roland said, but soon took on a life of its own once the original version was made available for sale.
Montie Design enjoys a strong relationship with the NCSU College of Design and the Industrial Design Program at ASU as well as industry groups for students, such as the Industrial Designers Society of America. The firm regularly hosts interns who engage in hands-on product development from concept to design to prototyping, manufacturing and marketing.
Wednesday, February 2 saw business owners, marketing professionals, and product design peers engage in an energized breakout session at the second Montie Design/RTP Product Development Guild Lunch and Learn of 2011.
Following on the heels of a successful kickoff Lunch and Learn on military contracting featuring Barry Cox of Wyle Labs (see below), this week’s event turned toward branding with Jeff Smith of Montie Design and Trajectory Business Services. Jeff put forth a step-by-step guide through the product naming process during his presentation, “Who’s Your Product? Putting the Right Name on What You Sell.”
Jeff’s presentation actively involved attendees, leading to an energetic post-event discussion focused on utilizing product naming elements to help one of their own who was having a problem settling on a name for a product to reflect its benefits to the end user.
The Lunch and Learn series was developed to connect professionals involved in the technical or business side of designing and producing innovative products and technologies with one another as well as with speakers, who have agreed to share their knowledge, professionalism, and willingness to support entrepreneurial growth. Lunch is provided at each event in addition to plenty of time for networking and discussion before and after each presentation. Proceeds of each Lunch and Learn are donated to Post 7383 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
An audio clip of Jeff Smith sharing insight on product naming can be found here:
Over two dozen attendees engaged in networking and education at the first Lunch and Learn event of the new year hosted by Montie Design and the RTP Product Development Guild January 19.
Barry Cox of Wyle Labs presented “Alphabet Soup: The Acronyms and Steps of Military Contracting” sharing important insights related to the business of developing and bringing engineered products to market.
Barry’s interactive session was well-received, with audience questions targeting a myriad of different confusing elements of defense industry contracting. Peer-to-peer conversations after the presentation spilled out of the Montie Design studio and into the main lobby, with many attendees staying well over the allotted time to share leads and business expertise with one another.
The next Lunch and Learn is February 2, featuring Jeff Smith, Trajectory Business Services presenting, “Who’s Your Product? Putting the Right Name on What You Sell.”
Look for more information in the next Montie Design newsletter coming out soon.
The rest of the Q1 2011 lineup includes:
Wed, Feb 16
Raising Capital and Cash Flow Enhancement in the New Economy
Featuring Susan Hasty, BCF, and Phil Apostolico, Guardian Ins.
Wed, Mar 2
Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property: Non-disclosure Agreements
Featuring John Slaughter, Moore & Van Allen
Wed, Mar 16
Steps to Increased Sales: Creating a Dependable Sales Funnel
Featuring Pam Cardozo, The Ultimate Sales Connection