Raising $10,000 for South Brevard Sharing Center – Catania

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Catania Product Development Raises $10,000 for South Brevard Sharing Center in Annual Charity Auction 

Company event focuses on living local, giving local.

Melbourne, Fla. (December 16, 2022) – At its 2nd annual Live Local, Give Local event held on December 9th at Groundswell Startups, Catania Product Development, a product-design engineering firm out of Melbourne, Florida, raised $10,000 for the South Brevard Sharing Center (SBSC), a non-profit, community-based agency whose mission is to support, strengthen and empower families to achieve self-sufficiency in south Brevard County, FL.

Live Local, Give Local provides a platform for local businesses and individuals to give back to their own community. The event features local food and entertainment while attendees bid on auction items of which 100% of proceeds are given to a local charity. This year’s proceeds more than tripled last year’s total and double the company’s goal for the evening. In addition, the value of this year’s charity auction items was $10,000, coming from over thirty Space Coast individuals or organizations.

“We understand the value of connection and wanted to provide a way for local individuals and businesses to learn about each other in a relaxed, fun atmosphere,” said Stefanie Catania, CEO of Catania Product Development. “In 2021, after our first annual party, I felt we could do better and involve the whole community by giving back to the locals most in need. This led us to finding SBSC; their goal of helping people achieve self-sufficiency inspired us in how they solve problems, which is something we do every day through our product design.”

“We are so grateful to Catania Product Development for hosting this extraordinary event. We were blown away by the support from the local business community at groundswell. The success of the event sends a clear message of their dedication and compassion to help those in need in our community,” said Pamela Huffman, Executive Director of the South Brevard Sharing Center.  

The Mission of the South Brevard Sharing Center (SBSC) is to support, strengthen and empower families to achieve self-sufficiency. Assistance includes food, clothing, household items and financial vouchers for prescriptions, utilities, rent and other miscellaneous items through case-managed services. Seasonally, the SBSC also provides food and gifts over the holiday season to qualified residents. 

“Groundswell’s mission is to cultivate Space Coast innovators to build, grow and thrive and we are proud to watch members of our family give back to raise our community and those in need, showcasing how our mission positively impacts the Space Coast,” said Jarin Eisenberg, COO of Groundswell Startups. 

To learn more about Catania Enterprises, visit www.CataniaEnterprises.com

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Catania Product Development is a Brevard-based startup that focuses on artistic designs that elevate the user’s experience.  Their team is passionate about their projects, resulting in designs that the end-user will love and delivering engineering services in the most efficient and productive ways. 

Responding to Shark Tank, Design for Cost

Image of person holding a redesigned smaller pulley with the large pulley in the background.

Have you ever made the observation of how products get smaller? Have you ever looked at computers from the 70s and compared them to today’s computers, and asked, how did that happen? 

 

As engineers and designers, we do that all the time. We do it in part because we’re curious about things and we do it because that’s our job. In fact, we do it so much, we even have a name for it, which is, Design for Cost.

The best example of our work doing this is the SwiftPaws pulley. The SwiftPaws pulley, as seen on Shark Tank, was designed by the team at Catania. That system was put together to serve as a toy for dogs. The first pulley was designed for size and strength. However, if you watch the episodes from Shark Tank, you will see that the challenge with the system is the cost to produce. While it was designed to withstand the challenges of wear and tear by our pets, the too-market cost was too high. So, we went to work, looking for ways to improve the product without compromising on quality or the end-user experience.

The process known as Design for Cost required our designers and engineers to look at the original design and ask, how can we get the same functionality and durability at half the size? Where can we cut back and make it more efficient? And what areas need to remain the same? 

Within those questions, we decided to go with the easy target first. For us, that was downsizing the pulley. This was the most-simple reduction of the overall scale of the product and immediately bring down some costs. However, whenever you reduce a product in total scale you must always test it to maintain functionality. So, once the new pulley was designed we printed it out, using our in-house 3D printing system, to save us time and energy in making mistakes. 

Second, once we knew the pulley would work we looked to cut back in other areas of scale. We made note that the original pulley housing was overdone and added a great deal of cost and process to produce. When looking at it critically, we noted that it was made from six separate design parts that needed to be assembled in production. To simplify, we designed a unique one-piece clasp that wrapped around the pulley and secured it, and the pulley line, in place. Wha-la!

In the end, the new SwiftPaws pulley should reduce the cost of each pulley by as much as 80%, allowing SwiftPaws to pass on savings to their customers. This change and a few others will bring the price point down and let our client service a broader market.  We couldn’t be more proud.

To learn more about how Catania can help you with the Design for Cost for your products or ideas contact us directly on our website (link here).

Not Your Typical Big Business Project Management

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Studies show that organizations who use project management techniques are 28% more likely to meet their target business objectives. 

But not all project management systems are alike.

Sometimes bigger isn’t always better. 

Here at Catania, we individualize our project management techniques to provide the best fit to meet your needs. And it all starts with the people on our team. 

Instead of focusing purely on project management, we focus on hiring people with passion who are at the top of the industry. Having personally worked in major corporations, we started Catania with the goal of helping others realize their dreams through customized strategies. We aim to produce the highest quality end-product–while at the same time scaling down the process to remove waste, save money, and keep the project running smoothly.

How Do We Get Results?

We start by meeting with you and your team to understand the core requirements for the end result- or the minimum viable product (MVP). As the customer, we want your experience with us to be as seamless as possible. So we’ll travel to your facility, attend your meetings, and dig in to learn all about your products and services. 

Once we have a strong understanding of your needs, then we’ll develop a solid plan tailored specifically to your project, keeping in mind that flexibility with any plan is the key to success. We think long-term and invest in customers as partners.

No Band-Aids

Every project encounters its unique set of problems. We understand that. We also know that getting ahead of those problems is essential to saving money and keeping the program on schedule. 

We avoid problems by making sure that we start off right. We staff our programs appropriately, knowing that more time spent by design and test engineers up front can avoid the need for a crisis team at the end. 

And if we do encounter an unexpected challenge—because let’s face it—those happen, we do a complete root cause corrective action. At Catania, we don’t do Band-Aids. Instead, we fix the problem and move on. Our philosophy is the sooner an issue is caught, the simpler it is to fix. 

How Can Catania Help You?

Maybe you’re considering hiring a full-time project manager, but you’re not quite there yet. Or you only have a short-term need. 

Our experienced project management team is a great fit for companies looking to fill a temporary position. Our project managers use their diverse skill sets to wear multiple hats (project management, systems engineering, and program financing for example) and will represent you and your interests in front of your customers and staff. 

Having big project management goals and expectations doesn’t mean using big company techniques. It means personalization and making the right decisions for the long term. 

 

Resources: https://www.workamajig.com/blog/project-management-statistics

SwiftPaws Shows Off Sleek Lure Controller Design on ESPN

In business for the past decade, SwiftPaws® (www.swiftpaws.com) holds the patent for lure coursing equipment and is currently the only professional manufacturer in the industry.

The competition took place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Three-year-old Reas, a Whippet (a medium-sized breed of English origin descended from the Greyhound), raced the 100-yard dash in 5.669 seconds, with an average speed of 35.36 mph, according to disneysportsnews.com, in order to capture the coveted canine title.

Indeed, “capturing” is the key to winning the competition. In order to be the fastest, canines chase a lure.  Dogs are visually stimulated, and the lure, which they believe to be a rabbit or squirrel, is actually a white plastic bag attached to a string. The lure can travel at speeds of up to 60 mph via a system of pulleys, using a remote control.

“The pulley system and controller are what set us apart from what’s been around,” explained Meghan Wolfgram, CEO and Founder of SwiftPaws®.

The controller uses a trigger mechanism similar to that of a power tool, can be set to various speeds, and can also reverse.

Speed control of the lure is vital to ensuring fairness and equity during such canine speed competitions especially due to various breeds competing against one another. This allows the human controller of the lure to take into account a canine’s personal preferences and idiosyncrasies during competition. 

Ms. Wolfgram of Melbourne, Florida, is a canine aficionado, who wanted to design and mass-produce lure equipment not only for use during competition but to also provide dog lovers everywhere with options for exercising their beloved “best friends” wherever they live and play. From that desire came the creation of SwiftPaws’® products, including the SwiftPaws® Pro Alpha, for competitive use, and SwiftPaws® Home, for indoor and outdoor use.

One week before the competition, Ms. Wolfgram received a call from ESPN asking if she’d like to be interviewed at the event. The next thing she did was call Catania Enterprises. She had a makeshift controller to work the lure equipment which worked but she did not think it looked professional enough to represent her brand.

With only a week to go from concept to prototype, Catania Enterprises had to work quickly and also accurately. There would be no time for second chances. They had to get the controller housing designed correctly the first time around. Because SwiftPaws® and Catania Enterprises are located in Brevard County, Florida, both companies were able to work together in person to make Ms. Wolfgram’s dream a reality. Hand measurements were carefully taken to ensure accuracy, and a housing was created, taking into account previous internal designs that Catania Enterprises had not created themselves. Before one week, the prototype was delivered. Ms. Wolfgram was happy with the results, so much so, that Catania Enterprises has done two additional designs and then started mass-producing the controllers.

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Catania Enterprises focuses on mass producing their designs, taking pride in creating “user-centric” products, such as handles or controllers, focusing on aesthetically pleasing designs, as well as ergonomically designed ones.

“They made a miracle happen,” said Ms. Wolfgram of the prototype controller.

To this day, she still receives telephone calls and emails about the ESPN interview and requests on how to purchase SwiftPaws® products.

“We have clubs all over the country that use our equipment,” added Ms. Wolfgram. “We aspire to be the Nike of dog sports.” 

Even though they love to travel, Ray Catania, CTO, and his Stefanie Catania, CEO, realize that Brevard County is still home.

“We take a lot of pride in the companies here. There is a lot of talent in the area,” said Ray Catania.

“There are a lot of engineering resources in our area,” remarked Ms. Wolfgram. “But there is a lack of mechanical engineering resources that know how to work with something that can be injection molded. Designing for mass manufacturing is a real skill.”