connektllc

Our Team

Our team will design, engineer and get you prototypes FAST!

 Connekt has aligned itself with the most talented professionals in every discipline from an ANSYS FEA Specialist as well as seasoned Mechanical, Electrical, Software, and Hardware Engineers.

Scott Raitt

Scott Raitt founded Connekt, LLC with over 35 years of progressive and diversified experience in commercial and military electro-mechanical product design and development. He has successfully provided Mechanical Engineering design services for the medical, automotive, aerospace and consumer product industries. He has a proven track record taking a concept and creating an innovative design solution utilizing the most pragmatic procurement process within the scope of the products marketing parameters. Some of the processes he excels at are plastic and rubber injection molding, metal injection molding (MIM), reaction injection molding (RIM), rotational molding, thermo-formed plastic, precision sheet metal design, high-density electro-mechanical packaging, die and investment castings, mechanisms and complex machined parts using GD&T. Scott has exceptional SolidWorks CAD skills having completed several accelerated Certified Training Courses including Advanced Sheet Metal, Advanced Part Modeling, Advanced Surfacing, and Advanced Assembly. Scott’s professional accomplishments are as follows:
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 7,580,266 “Improved Rack Unit Assembly”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 7,623,358 “I/O Card Arrangement for an I/O Device Such as Audio/video Router” This router has 66 standard BNC’s, 1 RJ45, 1 DB9 “Connector and Redundant Power in a 1 RU Frame”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 5,554,165 “Improved Keyless Medical Surgical Saw Blade and Hub”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 775,353 S “Vertebral Distraction Device”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 9,918,593 “Soap Dispensing Body Scrubber”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number D825,379 S “Drone Aircraft”

Michael Hiller

After working in two ASD territories Michael Hiller (MSME, BSME) responded to a greater need for FEA project consulting and mentoring by leaving the sales/Distribution Channel to become a consultant. As a consultant, he helped 100’s of clients and has even taught and written ANSYS training manuals, represented ANSYS at conferences and in the classroom. Michael is fluent in the traditional “ANSYS APDL Classic interface” as well as the latest Workbench & SpaceClaim environments. He can mix & match between all the ANSYS technologies including APDL programming to deliver the best solution every time. He has successfully supported and/or provided FEA mentoring and design services to the energy, electronics, medical, automotive, marine, aerospace and consumer product industries. With his proven combination of industrial + ANSYS “insider” expertise, he plays a key FEA role at Connekt. Michael has NEVER seen a problem he didn’t want to solve with ANSYS. We are proud to have Michael on our team. He is an industry leading mentor in the field of ANSYS and FEA analysis. “With the proven Mechanical Experience of Connekt, LLC and Michael’s strength in ANSYS & FEA, it is a perfect alliance to design, analyze, optimize, validate, and supply any OEM product. FEA reduces time to market, costs, and risk compared to lower-tech product development processes”.

Jay Baker

Jay Baker has over 35 years of experience developing successful professional video and audio products. He is currently a Principal at qadirect.com. Connekt, LLC is proud to announce the partnership with QA Direct. “With the proven Mechanical Experience of Connekt, LLC and QA Direct’s strength in Electronic Design and Production, it is a perfect partnership to design and supply any OEM product.” Jay’s career started with video tape recorders at Ampex. He then transitioned to the Sony Tech Center in Palo Alto during the early days of CDs, working directly with Ray Dolby (and his brother Dale). Jay played a key role in the heyday of Grass Valley Group and Abekas Video. Jay was CTO in charge of Marketing and Engineering at Sierra Video Systems for over a decade. Jay’s professional accomplishments are as follows:
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 4,562,406 “Current controlled amplifier”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 4,532,604 “Predistortion circuit”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 4,520,276 “Zero-delay ramp generator”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 5,355,370 “Crosspoint matrix”
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 5,285,283 “Depth signal processing in a video switcher”

Steve Erickson

Steve Erickson uses his degree in industrial design as a product designer covering a wide variety of products. He believes in Dieter Rams 10 Principles of good design and follows a less is more philosophy. Simplicity requires an underlying complexity and effort that few truly recognize or appreciate, which is as it should be. Good design is transparent. It is admired and appreciated yet blends seamlessly into one’s life without much thought. Steve’s professional accomplishments are as follows:
  • Awarded U.S. Patent Number 8,011,918B2 for a device for applying filler material

David Kumpf

David Kumpf graduated from Drexel University in 2013 with a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in several industries including aerospace, medical, military, robotics, and  automation. He has five years of experience with various 3D CAD software packages including Solidworks, ProEngineer, and Catia. No matter what industry he has worked in, David’s passion has been prototype design and fabrication. He excels at bringing ideas to life or improving an existing design. His hobbies are hiking, tinkering with anything mechanical he can get his hands on, and metal fabrication.
REVIEWS
Chuck Konner
General Manager, Serra Corp., Nevada City, CA
 "I have worked with Scott Raitt for over 15 years. His design work combines creativity and innovation with sound engineering discipline, resulting in products that are both elegant and cost effective."
Derrick Linyh
Singapore
"Scott demonstrates high professionalism in both his work and attitude in the project. He answered all our queries, and always reply to us promptly. If you are like us who lack the knowledge and need someone who is trustworthy who can assist you in your project, Scott is definitely the one to go to. He will not just go silent on you or just brush you off by avoiding your queries. Communication is perfect. In fact, from him, we learned how some requests seemed small to us but will take hours to do. Very good education for us too, to understand the work involved. 101% highly recommended! Extremely reliable! Will hire again."
Kristen Alvarez
Owner/Founder/CEO, Terra Streuna Outfitters, LLC, Cincinnati, OH
“I am so glad I found Scott! He is not only very skilled and competent in the field of Engineering and Manufacturing, he is responsive and eager to do a great job. Scott was very proactive and was very open to talking to other team members working on the project to get their perspective. He was able to get up to speed on the project and provide me with CAD files of parts to manufacture within a couple of days. Scott also worked with his contacts to obtain bids for manufacturing and presented me with several options from companies he has done business with in the past. Being new to the world of manufacturing, this was very helpful to me. I will definitely continue to work with Scott on this project and others. I highly recommend him, especially if you are looking at manufacturing injection molded parts-this seems to be his specialty."
Simcha Kanter
Chicago, IL
"Connekt, LLC took this project from concept to getting a quote for a physical prototype. Exactly what I needed. Will definitely use Connekt, LLC again."
Mike S.
San Luis Obispo, CA
"Scott at Connekt, LLC is amazing! His work is always excellent, on time, and within the budget. I highly recommend Connekt, LLC for any of you projet design needs".

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

Great question! To get a free estimate to make a prototype, contact us to schedule a free consultation with a lead engineer. We will build a customized strategy that will include an estimate for the cost to deliver a prototype to you that meets your individual needs.

As a cornerstone value of our company, every conversation you have with us is guaranteed confidential. We understand you may be interested in signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with us prior to discussing the finer details about your project for peace of mind. You may request a signed NDA by contacting us through our web form or calling us at (530) 446-3381. One of our team members will be happy to assist you.

The only thing you need to start a project is an idea. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a lead engineer to discuss your specific project needs in finer detail. Any previous work and project resources (including paper napkin sketches) are always helpful to better understand the scope of the product. Finally, if you need help to protect your Intellectual Property (IP) we will put you in contact with one of our Patent Attorneys.