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By Lou Schiesz
$3,234 pledged of $10,000 goal
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Inception:

One New Year's Eve,  I was carrying a hot crock pot full of my fiesta cheese dip when I burnt my fingers and the stubbly little handles slipped out of my grip.  I spilled 3 pounds of hot cheese on me, my car, and the pavement.  That's when I decided there had to be a better way.  

As I shared my frustration with friends and family, a solution started to take shape. Before long, the Crock-it Lock-it was born. 

Function:

 ·  Rubber feet secure lid to crock

 ·  Ergonomic handle for one-handed carrying

 ·  Cord storage

 ·  Ladle storage

 ·  Includes ladle 

Instructions:

History of the Design:

In the beginning, we were a little overzealous in our creativity. Our first prototype featured ratcheting straps and locking mechanism that activated when you lifted the handle. The ideas were interesting but they made the product complicated and a little overwhelming.  

As we shared these prototypes, the feedback was consistent. People wanted simplicity. We moved towards familiar solutions like straps and D-rings because people intuitively knew how to use them.

 Strength and safety are paramount. As we honed in on a final design, we started testing. First, there was the Finite Element Analysis, FEA. We designed the Crock-it Lock-it to withstand 4 times the weight of the heaviest, fullest pots we could find.

Then we tensile tested prototypes to confirm our computer simulations were accurate. We had many units exceed the 220lb capacity of our tensile tester without fail.  

We also thermally tested all materials to ensure they are safe for a hot crock pot. The warnings on the packaging instruct users not to cook with the device attached, but we designed above and beyond because we felt it was the right thing to do.

Once we felt our design was rock solid, we built functional prototypes and started showing family, friends, and the Kickstarter community. That is where you come in.

Production plan:

I have enlisted the expertise of an existing manufacturer.  They have demonstrated the ability to manufacture or procure all of the components as well as assemble and package the finished product.  They have ample square footage and a flexible manufacturing environment.  Their analysis predicts they can readily scale up to manufacture a million Crock-it Lock-its per year.  They have internal quality control to ensure that incoming components meet their stringent requirements.  A third party inspection service will verify that finished assemblies meet my stringent requirements.

A freight forwarder has been identified and vetted.  They will manage the transit, tariffs, and customs as product is shipped to our warehouse.  Our warehouse and fulfillment center is currently a hub for another of our businesses.  Staff is already on hand and able to manage our customer service and order processing.

Risks and challenges

I knew I could not do this alone and so I have enlisted a talented team. We are all working hard to keep things running smoothly. If for any reason we run into an issue, we will notify our loyal backers via email. The design and testing are complete so our only reasonable risk is production. A major production issue would lead to a delay. In which case, we would contact you with a choice. You would have the option of sticking it out and receiving your Crock-it Lock-it or receiving a full refund of your pledge. I take your satisfaction seriously.

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