It starts with an idea
Recently, a client came to us with a new idea. An experienced hunter, he realized that a small hunting blind would help him feel less exposed. However, the only blinds on the market were bulky enclosures that took time to set up and were difficult to move. He sketched out his idea for a concealment screen, which he could position effortlessly to camouflage his flank, and FlankGuard was born.
He brought his concept to Advanced, and we made it easy for him. Within months we took his brainchild through our product development process. The result is a lightweight, easy-to-assemble, portable hunting blind, which we manufactured in time to sell this hunting season.
Although FlankGuard sounds simple, it required precision fabrication and machining to achieve the functionality, flexibility, and durability avid hunters need. Through engineering design and prototype testing, the specifications for every element ensure the product—
- Is straightforward to assemble
- Works as expected
- Will last from season to season.
Once the specifications were fixed, we combed our network of materials suppliers and manufacturing vendors to find the right fit at the right price. The final cost of the materials, machining, and fabrication was reduced by 30% from the original prototype estimates, making FlankGuard affordable and profitable. A win-win for everyone.