Manufacturing Update 5: Circuit Boards Produced, Final Assembly, Band Accessories, Packaging Received, Key Housings, and Fulfillment
Manufacturing for the production version of Everykey is taking place and some major hurdles have been cleared. We realize that we have run into a few different issues throughout the process, however we will only be satisfied with providing a quality product that delivers the ideal user experience.
Circuit Boards Produced
In our previous manufacturing update, we mentioned that our circuit board design met the standards for large scale production. It took many versions, switching out components, and lots of hard work but 5,000 circuit boards are now ready for the final assembly process. Each and every board is currently being tested before going through the ultrasonic welding process.
The ultrasonic welder used to join the housings is ready and we’re fine tuning the tooling fixture that holds Everykey in place while it’s being joined. The welder is in the Everykey production cell where final assembly will take place and our manufacturer is finalizing instructions for assembly. An Everykey engineer will inspect the operation of each system and every unit that comes off the line in addition to the testing before assembly. We intend to make sure that no units are defective upon delivery and we’re putting significant time into ensuring full functionality of your Everykey.
We are working closely with our injection molding partners to finalize the tooling for the Everykey Band Accessory. The injection molding process is an iterative one, where the exact parameters need to be dialed in using samples and empirical data. Since initiating the production of Everykey, we have faced and overcame several common issues that crop up during the manufacturing process. Last week the final mold label samples (which is the piece of the band with color) arrived at our molder. We are pleased to report that high quality, production ready samples have been produced.
Final packaging has arrived at our manufacturer! We want every experience with Everykey to be top notch, the final packaging serves as a testament to our attention to aesthetic detail.
As mentioned in our previous update, the original production housings featured a finish that did not meet our original specification. We have revised the makeup of the housings, directed our manufacturing partners and began altering the appearance of the housings. These parts will be finished around the end of this month and then moved into inventory, where final production will occur.
After reviewing all of the timelines for the remaining tasks, we are projecting a March shipping date. We have made substantial progress over the last few months and many risks have been addressed or eliminated. Making a quality product is a difficult process and we realize that may be frustrating. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to deliver your Everykey. Thank you for your continued support! As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.
The Everykey Team