Flash Gels and Pro Hoods:
Final tooling is being costed up for the final time and will be produced in the coming weeks. The Transformer issue in the last update now seems to be resolved and we have made some additional improvements to the PCB as well. More PCB Samples will be with me on Monday next week for final testing.
The Flash Arm prototypes have also been undergoing stress testing for the past few weeks. This involves firing it over and over again continuously (every 10 seconds) until something fails. So far the prototypes been tested have made it to 117,481 flashes, and still counting.
Some of the PCB components I need for the Flash Arms are very difficult to get hold of at the moment. As I mentioned in my last update the whole silicone industry is really struggling with demand, with lead times of 1 year+ for some ICs now (the brain of any PCB board). I managed to secure enough IC’s before they went out of stock, by acting on this a month ago, but there are a couple of components that we need to wait on until July; these are a particular heavy duty resistor we use and a special P type transistor.
I’ve had to spend a lot of extra money on the parts that have horrendous lead times in the last month, to ensure we have stock over the next year for not only the Flash, but also our other products, such as the Pod. It’s been both shocking to see and an absolute nightmare for electronic manufacturers such as ourselves. I really hope it improves next year but it’s something I am having to keep a very close eye on this year.
The packaging is now on order. I really cannot wait to show you the fully printed version of this, it’s something special! Scheduled delivery is 18th August. It was actually going to be September due to the corrugated card supply issues I spoke about last month, but luckily we have a good long term relationship with our packaging supplier and they bumped us up the list. Here’s a sneak peak:
New Shipping Dates
Flash Gels and Pro Hoods (using T2 production samples).