Almond+ production and shipping update
As promised, albeit much later than we had initially planned, in this week’s update we’ll get into details with regards to our production and shipping schedule for the Almond+.
The good news is that we’ve passed the EMI certification, but the bad news is that we had to change a small component to pass the certification. Due to lead times for this new component, we’re not going to be able to go into production until late May or early June. There’s very little we can do about reducing the time it takes for the manufacturer to get us this component as they don’t have sufficient stock on hand, so we have to wait for them to produce more of the component in question. We will provide an exact production date once we’ve received this shipment of components. All other components required for the manufacturing of the Almond+ were purchased a long time ago and we’ve already taken delivery of those.
Our initial expected delay of 3-4 months with regards to the hardware and software platform change ended up being much longer than we ever could’ve anticipated due to a complex combination of issues, of which almost all have been solved by now and we’d like to thank all of you for your patience during this period of time.
The production will take about two weeks for all of the units, including PCB production, assembly, testing and packaging. As such we expect to have produced all units by early to mid June. Once all the units are produced, shipping will commence on a regional basis to allow us some kind of consistency with regards to sending and tracking the packages.
Keep in mind that we offered the Almond+ in five different colours for four different Z-Wave regions, so there will be a fair bit of work on our side to get everyone the right unit in the right colour and with the right power adapter. We’re not saying that this is a huge challenge, but it’s important that we get this right the first time around. Based on our expectations, it will take one to two weeks to get all the units sent out. We’ll be making an announcement in a couple of weeks with regards to what delivery service we’ll be using, but we’re currently leaning towards TNT.
Lastly, we’d like to add a quick reminder about our community forums which is slowly but surely growing. It’s a great place to ask questions and get some details about what’s going on outside of Kickstarter. You can find the forums here http://forum.securifi.com/
The Almond+ Team