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Everykey replaces keys and passwords.  It's sleek, secure, and can be deactivated at any time.
Everykey replaces keys and passwords. It's sleek, secure, and can be deactivated at any time.
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Manufacturing Update 1: Pre-Production Circuit Boards

Posted by Everykey Inc. (Creator)
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Earlier in the week, we began our pre-production run.  In order to insure high quality of the final product, we're making 200 units and sending each one through a set of rigorous tests.

200 Assembled Circuit Boards from Pre-Production
200 Assembled Circuit Boards from Pre-Production

In the image above, you can see the first 200 assembled circuit boards from the pre-production run.  On the right set of circuit boards, you can see the Bluetooth module (chip with the blue backing), the button (to the left of the Bluetooth module), LED's (to the left of the button), and some other small electronic components.  On the left set of circuit boards, you can see some other small electronic components and the USB connector (the black rectangle on the left of each board).

Quality Control

We've began testing these circuit boards for reliability, and we're happy to say that things are looking good for a first attempt.  At this point, the circuit boards seem to have no defects with the exception of the USB connector.  The connector fails to attach to the circuit board properly a high percentage of the time due to an issue with inconsistencies in alignment on the component itself.

Circuit Boards on Production Line
Circuit Boards on Production Line

We're using a pick and place robot to secure all of the components to the circuit boards, which means that it's extremely precise at placing components every time.  The issue is in the connector itself, the leads are inconsistently placed so the connector isn't attaching to the pads on the circuit board properly every time.  Our manufacturing partner has been working tirelessly over the past week to fix this problem, and a few potential solutions have been suggested which will be tested next week.

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      ZSUN on

      Looking forward to your updates, can't wait till its in my hands!

    2. Everykey Inc. Creator on

      @Dave - We'll be posting an update about the mechanical parts soon. The first shots with the injection molds should be taking place this week so we will likely have some pictures of injection molded parts shortly.

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      Dave on

      Where are you with the mechanical parts? Have you been able to get any potential tolerance and cosmetic issues identified and addressed in parallel to the work on the electronics side?

    4. Everykey Inc. Creator on

      @Eric Moreno - We've fixed the USB mounting issue by switching to a different USB which we've now sourced. We should be able to run our next (and hopefully final) 200 unit pre-production run this week and go into full production right after that if everything checks out!

    5. Eric Moreno on

      Any new updates in the past 3 weeks. We're almost at 1 year since funding. Thanks.

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      Bob Sopko on

      Appreciate the updates! Hardware is hard and you're smart to get it right upfront. Thanks.

    7. Christine Rudansky
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      Wahoo! I'm (almost) holding my breath waiting for the final stages, then – delivery! You too I'll bet. You'll need a well-deserved vacation after this project!!!