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The CoreChair Development Journey Part 3: Final Design and Manufacturing

January 02, 2018

The CoreChair Development Journey Part 3: Final Design and Manufacturing

Much of the earlier prototypes for CoreChair were based on technology transfer from existing products, 3-D modelling and 3-D printing. While this is an effective approach to determine functional tolerances, the real engineering takes place when actually designing the tools, making parts, testing, failing, redesigning, changing tools and retesting. Failure is most often the greatest teacher.
We were becoming anxious to end the development journey and begin the product launch but we had to remain patient to ensure that we got it just right.

In addition to the engineering, and tight tolerances that we had to consider the issue of materials and components weighed in. 
 
In an attempt to be environmentally sensitive, we reviewed in detail how each component was made. This meant fully understanding the strength and durability of recycled and recyclable materials. The casters also had to be a perfect fit for the design and while these seem like a foregone conclusion there is a wide range of quality casters and on the path of designing a product of the highest quality of course we selected the best and in turn the most expensive. No one wants a chair that has a limited life expectancy because the caster breaks or sticks impeding their mobility.
Along this course was the selection of a quality manufacturing partner and we found ourselves discussing this with many potential options but deciding that the quality of Oasys Chair Manufacturing of Tainan City, Taiwan had all of the right qualities. 

This Asian based company already produced office chairs for 2 of the top 5 North American companies and their engineering team was keen to take on this rather different and complex product. The very cool part of this new relationship was the many trips that I made to Taiwan to thoroughly check them out and begin working with them.


 
This cultural exchange experience was a true positive life experience as I got to know their team and their true passion for quality.

While my first choice was to have product manufactured in North America we encountered a lot of resistance due to the complexity of this design. This resistance generally manifested itself as huge costs to get started and unreasonably high component prices. As it turns out, one company was planning to have the tools that would be used to produce, manufactured in China and shipped over. 
 
While many people still share their protectionism for domestic production, more realize the future of global economies. For CoreChair it really meant producing a quality end product at a reasonable price.
 
With a continued passion for the highest quality, every container of chairs that arrive in North America are delivered to our warehouse partners at DHL and each chair undergoes a thorough quality inspection. 
 
Each order is shipped via UPS with a 12-year warranty and a 60-day satisfaction guarantee. 
 
We believe that CoreChair is more than a healthy chair, it is also great value.





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About CoreChair

Introduction to the CoreChair

Patrick's Story

With a degree in Kinesiology, the study of human body movement, Patrick has committed his personal life to an active and healthy lifestyle and pursued solutions to optimize this among others. 

                                                            Patrick Harrison on a Conference Call   Patrick Harrison Snowboarding 
Patrick's initial success was the development of a company that focused on the design, manufacture and distribution of specialized seating solutions for non ambulatory persons dependent on wheelchairs for mobility. Special Health Systems Ltd., was considered a leader in this field in North America as well as other global centers prior to the sale of this company in 1995 to US based Invacare Corporation. 
After the sale of this company, Patrick pursued many other entrepreneurial ventures that ranged from agricultural to philanthropic opportunities, but was drawn back to his passion to create solutions that would address physical challenges experienced by everyday people.
Patrick Harrison SHS
With the emerging awareness on the perils of sedentary lifestyle coupled with the musculoskeletal damage incurred by desk jockeys, Harrison was inspired by the number of persons who intuitively sought activity in their day at the office by taking an exercise ball to replace their traditional office chair.
Thus he began what became a 7 plus year project to create what is best described as a disruptive innovation by developing an active sitting chair that is now commercially known as CoreChair. 
                                                 Patrick Harrison Paddleboarding   Patrick Harrison IronMan  Patrick Harrison Surfing
Aware that human nature and the resistance to change is the biggest challenge that we all face, Patrick collaborated with Centers of Excellence such as the University of Waterloo, Mayo Clinic, Cornell University and others, to validate the efficacy of this design. 
In parallel, Patrick sought practical input from clinicians, health experts and everyday people to gain feedback on the design evolution to ensure a comfortable and effective solution. 
The result is a very high quality seating solution that challenges traditional doctrine of healthy workplace environments, with attention to detail on every day needs and value to those who use it. 

Our Core Design

The vision of CoreChair is to offer the world’s healthiest, ergonomic and therapeutic office chair. Paying little mind to convention or tradition, we chose to focus on you, the sitter. Our tech innovation focuses on optimal posture through core stabilization and movement that mobilizes key joints most affected by sitting. We made our seat highly sculpted to relieve pressure points, prevent sliding and deliver comfort. It works in conjunction with the low back, stabilizing the pelvis to optimize your sitting posture, reduce back pain and prevent slumping at your desk. Many of us are actively seeking therapeutic remedies to help reduce our back pain. Prolonged static sitting in traditional chairs (even high end ergonomic chairs) can result in uncomfortable back strain and lack of movement. Invest in your health with an innovative seating solution designed to harmonize your personal movement with your chair.

 

 

 

Our Strategic Partners

ACE Corporate Member: CoreChair Strategic Partner CAOT Corporate Partner - CoreChair Strategic Partner DMZ - CoreChair Strategic Partner GoodLife Fitness, GoodLife Rewards - CoreChair Strategic Partner HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association) - CoreChair Strategic Partner    Adelaide Health Clinic             The Ultimate Health Podcast

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