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XY Find It is the most stylish, convenient, and affordable Bluetooth Tracking tag.
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Troubling Shells and Shellfish

Posted by XY-FindIt (Creator)
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Hey everyone, Daniel here with another update from the XY factory in China.

We have a solution to the hairline crack problem. When I say “we”, I really mean our partners at the factory — I came down with some kind of food poisoning yesterday, so I was mainly there for moral support. As a side note, all-you-can-eat seafood breakfast buffet that comes free with your hotel room might seem like a good deal, but it really isn’t.

I digress. We determined the the susceptible shells all came from the same set of injection molded parts. … as some of you already predicted in the comments section of the previous update. In injection molding, a hollowed-out steel mold (the tooling) is used to shape liquid polymers as it cools and solidifies into the desired design. The thin passageway for the polymers to enter mold cavity is called the gate. Due to its small size, the gate and the area surrounding it are normally the first place to solidify.  In our case, the fracturing tend to occur at the gate, for one of the molds.

Bad Shell - notice the faint remnant of the gate at 5 o’clock position
Bad Shell - notice the faint remnant of the gate at 5 o’clock position
Good Shell - gate remnant is at the 2 o’clock position, reinforced by the internal spline
Good Shell - gate remnant is at the 2 o’clock position, reinforced by the internal spline

Now that we know which shells, we still don’t know exactly why. It could be due to any combinations of material, design, and/or production parameters, e.g. cooling speed.

In any case, the factory will now manually QC every beacon shell, both already assembled and those still in parts. The affected shell will be discarded and remade using the “correct” mold process. Roughly 50% of the parts will be remade. The exact impact to schedule will not be known until Tuesday, as Monday September 9th is actually a national holiday in China. However our project manager reassured me it will not be a big deal, i.e. possibly days instead of weeks.

We also resolved a few comparatively minor issues with the white rubber coating, which I will detail in tonight's update.  Wishing y'all a happy Mid-Autumn festival.  ... and go niners!

Jason Greskoviak, Alvin Wong, and 29 more people like this update.

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      Jocelyn dunn on

      Is there an update on when you will begin shipping out the product?

    2. Matt Volk on

      I really love all the updates and I am more than okay with you taking this time to make sure the product is great!

    3. John Dean on

      Thanks for the update Daniel. I hope you feel better soon.

    4. Daniel Wang // TEAM ZING on

      thanks guys! i feel ok again -- I actually went back to the same buffet (cause it's free), but I just had cheerios, no milk.
      @Anthony, garlic and ... soda? like in the OK Go video?
      Congratulations on your marriage! Best wishes for your future together!

    5. Anthony J Jurado on

      Hey Daniel! Thanks for the updates, well served. Awesome! 49ers games was phenomenal on both sides of the field.

      Sorry you got the stomach bug. I just got back from Cabo where I eloped with the wife and that bug hit me again... Quick natural cure that works for me every time, fresh garlic... No joke, get two fresh cloves, chop em in pill size and swallow with soda or bloody-mary.

      Cheers!

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      Brandon Zylstra on

      Shellfish absorb environmental toxins: that's their job, so they're bad to eat to begin with. Eating in a buffet means you're getting the cheapest possible quality, so expect it to be raised in the way that cuts as many corners as possible, and don't expect (for just one example) for the shrimp to have their intestinal tract removed. (Yes: cheap/buffet restaurants frequently feed you shrimp with the poop still inside them, because "de-veining" is labor-intensive.) And eating any food from China increases the risk, so this sounds like the perfect storm. You have my sympathy.

    7. Nic Carter on

      You need to buy Ciprospes/Ciprofloxacian 500mg plus Cotrim 960mg. These two will kill anything bad in the gut within an hour and you'll be cured - so I'm told!!!
      Now to fix those molds :-)