Braiding is underway
Happy New Year! I hope that you all had nice winter breaks and holidays. Here’s an update on Fjord XLR. Since the last update, I:
- ✓ ordered 5,000 feet of Canare wire to Conway Electric, which is now braiding cotton jackets for it;
- ✓ decided on our assembly partner, AssemTech in West Chicago, IL;
- ✓ found a new supplier for the Switchcraft parts, closer to Chicago to save money and fuel.
I decided on AssemTech after I toured their facility in December. My goals for the visit were to make sure that it’s a comfortable working environment and that its employees have an equitable relationship with its owners. Here’s the qualitative evidence I found: the employees that I met there seemed content, and the manager who gave me a tour—a descendent in the family that owns AssemTech—spoke to them with respect. For the quantitative part, I asked the manager if employees are paid competitive industry rates, and he said yes. I’m not sure to what extent I’m entitled to know about that stuff, so I didn’t press further. But as I learn about manufacturer-client relationships, I’ll ask more questions if they seem necessary and I’ll share what I find with you.
In December, I also got to visit the Conway Electric factory in Los Angeles. After having worked with Kevin since 2016, it was great to see the space he works in and to learn more about their processes/machines. Kevin runs a lean, ingenious ship. It made me even happier that Fjord XLR is getting made with them.
Later this month, I’ll drop off the jacketed wire and connectors at AssemTech, and they’ll start cutting and soldering each cable together. AssemTech specializes in high-stakes industrial wire processing so I trust that they’re going to do good work. But I also plan on doing quality control (e.g. multimeter testing) on every cable before they ship, so that we’re sure every single one works properly.
I’ll update you when they’re on the assembly floor! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please respond here or email me.