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Comfort Connect Team Spotlight: Nate Hobbs


Our new 
LP Comfort Connect technology provides a unique platform for delivering smart, customizable products to our customers. However, this innovation would never have been possible without the dedicated work of our Comfort Connect team. They collaborated to find unique solutions, improve processes, and differentiate our company in the marketplace through the development of this technology. Today we shine a light on just one of those team members.

Nate Hobbs began his career at L&P in August of 2018 as the Director of Engineering – Electrical. Since that time, he’s gained responsibility for the Product Development Quality Assurance department as well as internal software tools and systems. He also helps to lead the team in charge of developing L&P’s new Comfort Connect™ technology – proprietary hardware and software which are integrated to support L&P’s newest adjustable bed product, which is reaching the final project stages. In addition to a traditional remote, movements and feature sets of the bed are controlled through the LP Comfort Connect™ app, which was also developed by the team, and integrated with Alexa to enable voice commands.

Nate’s work with the Comfort Connect™ project began after the product had already been conceptualized and prototyped, but his knowledge of systems and engineering as well as his experience in quality assurance was vital to the successful deployment of the product. “Some initial feasibility work was complete and basic software was developed, so my role is to work with the team to bring the product to full maturity and help get it into production,” says Nate.

The project hasn’t come without its challenges, however. “The technology is required to be very robust, so making sure everything works properly every single time so the consumers don’t have any inconveniences is a huge priority. Part of my team’s job on the quality assurance side is to go through the process of system integration and regression testing before the product is released to consumers,” he shares.

In fact, customer experience is the primary focus of Nate’s work. He has worked with the team to develop solutions vital not only to the usability and functionality of the software itself, but he’s even played a part in creating in-house testing capabilities at our production facilities. “The team developed in-house programming stations as well as an end-of-line test station so that we can ensure everything on the adjustable base functions properly before passing the product on to the consumer,” he says.

The Comfort Connect team has a monumental task – to create the industry’s first voice-controlled bed system – and with leaders and team members like Nate, it’s becoming a reality. When the project is complete, LP Comfort Connect™ will be released on a limited-model production basis.

“My favorite part about working on the Comfort Connect project has been making sure all the pieces work together. From the cloud software, control box, test systems – taking all the components and putting them together to create such a unique product has been challenging, but has also given me the opportunity to be part of something that’s never been done in the industry before,” he says.

Suprema Retro Offers Sleek, Stylish Comfort

In our Furniture Components business, we design, manufacture, and distribute a wide range of components that enhance comfort, motion, and style in upholstered furniture.
The Suprema Retro is an ultra-sleek motion furniture mechanism that provides the ultimate comfort. It can be used in a wide range of styles, from traditional to contemporary. The power-only activation, along with multiple headrest options, allows users to recline to the perfect position for their comfort.
To learn more, visit lpfurniturecomponents.com.

Europia SL Raises Relaxation to a New Level

In our Furniture Components business, we design, manufacture, and distribute a wide range of components that enhance comfort, motion, and style in upholstered furniture.

The Europia™ SL is a push on the arm mechanism that features a hidden footrest that tucks under the seat for a stationary look. It’s slim profile is not only capable of motion, but also has an ergonomic, well-balanced full-recline position that reduces pressure points and provides excellent footrest elevation.

To learn more, visit lpfurniturecomponents.com.

Sustainable Foam Solutions: ThermaGel® Bio Additive

ThermaGel® Bio additive is a member of Peterson Chemical Technology’s recently defined EcoFlowTM family. This new line of products contains eco-friendly alternatives to our existing raw materials such as polyols, particle gels, PCMs, and coatings.

By utilizing plant-based, renewable seed oil as an alternative solution, our team at Peterson Chemicals has been able to reduce the petroleum-based materials used in many of our foam products. Throughout development, they also worked to maintain the high quality our products are known for.

“Our ultimate goal is to produce a high-performance, durable foam that’s going to last,” says Heidi Stojanovic, R&D Manager. “Being able to accomplish this while also being environmentally responsible, is important to everyone on our team.”

 

ST CloudZero® Helps You Kick Back & Relax

In our Furniture Components business, we design, manufacture, and distribute a wide range of components that enhance comfort, motion, and style in upholstered furniture.
The ST CloudZero® is an ergonomic mechanism that provides superior support and comfort in a stress-free position, all while utilizing patented Wallhugger technology. The raised footrest can raise up to 6″ above the standard recliner along with a greater seat pitch. To learn more, visit lpfurniturecomponents.com.

Evolution2020 Elevates the Style of Motion Furniture

In our Furniture Components business, we design, manufacture, and distribute a wide range of components that enhance comfort, motion, and style in upholstered furniture. Evolution2020™ is one of our newest products  a game changer in motion furniture that provides more styling capabilities for high-leg furniture. The power-only activation, along with multiple headrest options, allows users to recline to the perfect position for their comfort.

To learn more, visit lpfurniturecomponents.com.

 

Hanes Fabric Enters the Retail Market with Muslin

Muslin bolts at a retailer in Joplin, MO (left) and Hanes Dye and Finishing, Winston Salem, NC (right)

When Hanes Industries joined L&P in 1993, they focused mostly on the furniture, bedding, and automotive markets, making them a great fit with L&P’s existing endeavors. Since then, they have expanded into other fabric markets including drapery, packaging, geosynthetics, landscaping and more.

Hanes Fabric’s new line of muslin utilizes the same high-quality processes and finishes that their brand is known for. It is a very versatile fabric which is used in a variety of crafting applications including quilting, home décor, pattern making, and other art projects. Currently, our facility produces both bleached (white) and unbleached (natural) fabrics.

In the past, Hanes Fabric sold only through wholesale transactions with other manufacturers or distributors. However, the new muslin line is being sold directly to retailers like Hobby Lobby, Amazon, Walmart, Joann’s, and Fabric.com.

“Hanes Fabrics is a recognizable name for buyers,” says Danny Campolieta, Senior Product Manager for HCC/HFC Wovens. “What makes this new project so exciting is that it places our fabrics directly in front of those end consumers. Muslin is a staple in the craft market and a great opportunity for our brand to expand upon in the retail space.”

Those interested in placing a muslin order should contact a sales representative at hanescompanies.com

Comfort Connect Team Spotlight: Nick Baker

Our new LP Comfort Connect technology provides a unique platform for delivering smart, customizable products to our customers. However, this innovation would never have been possible without the dedicated work of our Comfort Connect team. They collaborated to find unique solutions, improve processes, and differentiate our company in the marketplace through the development of this technology. Today we shine a light on just one of those team members. 

Nick Baker began his career at L&P in early 2018, when he was hired as a Software Engineer. Since that time, he has participated in many research and development projects, while specializing in mobile applications.

In 2019, he was asked to join the team for L&P’s new Comfort Connect™ technology – proprietary hardware and software which are integrated to support L&P’s newest adjustable bed product. All movements and feature sets of the bed can be controlled through an app, which Nick played a major hand in developing.

At the forefront of the project, the team was focused solely on development for Android devices. However, Nick recommended a new technology, which allowed them to begin coding for both iOS and Android in a single code base. This shift allowed them to create the app at a much quicker pace, considerably reducing time to market and lowering costs of development and maintenance.

One unique feature of the app is its ability to automatically self-configure when connected to a bed in L&P’s Comfort Connect™ product line. Because the beds can include a variety of features – including articulation, massage, and lighting – this feature makes initial setup for a particular model a more seamless process for the user.

“By observing common interactions with the features on the app, we can customize the technology over time,” says Nick. “This allows us to continually improve the experience of our customers. It also provides valuable feedback for our sales team.”

As new features are added to the product line, they are integrated into the app. Nick’s team has also worked to continually improve the product through user testing.

“It was always my goal to create an solution that can compete with the newer technologies trending today,” shares Nick. “The result feels clean, modern, and easy to navigate. I’m really proud to have been a part of it.”

The LP Comfort Connect app is now available for download in Google Play and App Store.

Comfort Connect Team Spotlight: Ashton McGehee

Our new LP Comfort Connect technology provides a unique platform for delivering smart, customizable products to our customers. However, this innovation would never have been possible without the dedicated work of our Comfort Connect team. They collaborated for several years to find unique solutions, improve processes, and differentiate our company in the marketplace through the development of this technology. Today we shine a light on just one of those team members. 

Ashton McGehee began her career at Leggett in 2017, when she was hired as a Product Documentation Intern. That opportunity taught her a lot about our company and our products, as she designed and illustrated user manuals and operating guides. Having since accepted a full-time position as an Industrial & Graphic Designer, her project scope has expanded to include component design, concept animations, and assembly videos as well.

Ashton’s supervisor, impressed with her dedication and design skills, recommended her to join the development team of L&P’s new Comfort Connect™ technology – proprietary hardware and software which are integrated to support L&P’s newest adjustable bed product. All movements and feature sets of the bed are controlled through the LP Comfort Connect™ app, which was also developed by the team.

For her role, Ashton was tasked with designing and illustrating the assembly guide, remote guide, and instructional manual for the bed. She also designed the remote, icons and branding for the app.

“I’m really proud of the screenshots I designed for the app store and the icon for the app itself,” says Ashton. “I’ve never worked on a mobile application professionally before. It was really interesting, and I definitely learned a lot.”

Designing the app icon was a particular challenge because the team wanted a design that would be a true reflection of the product’s user benefits and future capabilities. Ultimately, Ashton and Scott Clark, Director of Marketing + Creative, combined several of their ideas to form the final design. The icon incorporates a house, which they felt represents the way Comfort Connect™ technology allows the consumer to tailor a key part of every home, the bedroom, to meet their specific needs.

Ashton has enjoyed having the opportunity to participate on this project, because it allowed her to design in new formats and to follow a new product from concept through development. However, she also appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with the team.

“Everyone I work with has been very professional and super enthusiastic about this project,” shares Ashton. “I can really thrive in such a positive and energetic work environment.”

LP Comfort Connect Creates New Opportunities

At L&P if there’s something to accomplish, we’re on it. Our teams regularly roll up their sleeves, looking for unique solutions, improved processes and innovative products to differentiate our company in the marketplace. Our new LP Comfort Connect technology provides a unique platform for delivering smart, customizable products to our customers.

Developers and designers at L&P focus on creating product solutions to enhance our lives and solve our challenges. Several years ago, these teams began to explore how the benefits of automated, customizable bed products could help people sleep better and improve their overall health. After several years of research, development, and engineering, we’ve launched an exciting, new technology platform – LP Comfort Connect™.

“Over recent years, interactive products have become more prevalent and people are looking for ways to introduce more customizable devices in their homes,” says John Zanatta, Director of Sales. “Our team felt that we could integrate an adjustable bed base the same way.”

This led to the internal development of the hardware and software for L&P’s newest adjustable bed product. All movements and feature sets are controlled through the LP Comfort Connect™ app. Bed functions currently include articulation at four points of movement – allowing you to raise and lower the head or foot, lift your pillow, and adjust the lumbar support. It also offers massage, memory settings, USB charging, and a multi-colored underbed light.

Developing all of the hardware and software for an interactive product was a new venture for our teams. However, the approach was an important step toward differentiating the company from competition in the future.  LP Comfort Connect™ was designed to grow and change as new features are developed.

“We looked at this as a major opportunity. Because the technology is proprietary to our company, we control how the components function and work together,” says John. “This allows us to supply our customers with unique features, unavailable on other beds in the market.”

The bedroom of the future is coming, and we want it to come from Leggett & Platt.

Although Leggett & Platt Adjustable Beds are not sold directly to consumers, our products are available both online and in-store from retailers across the country. Product availability will vary by dealer. To see our product line-up, visit our website.

If you are a retailer who is interested in adding L&P products to your line, please contact your sales rep or visit our contact page.