Late last month our team visited our manufacturing partner in Shenzhen, China. We spent time reviewing the results of the EVT (Engineering Validation Test) and DVT (Design Validation Test). We were also able to visit the facilities where the PCBA as well as the final product will be assembled, calibrated and quality tested.
Thankfully, we have a handful of WiFi modules, so our manufacturing partner will be able to complete a PVT (Product Validation Test) in the months to come prior to receiving our large order of WiFi modules that are experiencing lead-time issues. Having this PVT done will allow us to go right into mass production once we receive our WiFi module order. We will be sure to share the results of the PVT when we have them. Thank you for your continued patience – we are making significant progress.
All in all the visit was a success and we found the facilities provided a dignified, clean and climatized working environment for the employees. Here are a few pictures from our trip:
Calibration of their other ultrasonic product.
QA of their other ultrasonic product.
We’ve been hard at work with our manufacturing partner, completing final revisions of FLUID. This process has taken a few weeks longer than we had projected. On September 19th we will be spending a week at our manufacturing partner’s facility and all the non-recurring engineering (NRE) will be completed by then. This is a huge milestone because we’ll be returning with our engineering and design verification testing completed and a small batch of finalized meters in hand. We will post updates from this visit when we return on September 25th.
We’ve also been working with our parts suppliers and have run into a lead time challenge. Recently we ordered 1,000 WiFi modules and received the following message:
“Currently we are experiencing a delay for this item and will not be able to ship your order until the end of December. (Please keep in mind this is estimated and we will notify you as the product becomes available at an earlier date.)”
Thankfully we have close to 100 WiFi modules on hand. This will allow us to complete our production verification tests. This is important because it allows us to go right into mass production as soon as we receive the 1,000 WiFi modules.
Based on this information we should be shipping in early 2017. Obviously, if the WiFi modules become available at an earlier date – then our shipping timeline will also move up.
A lot of progress has been made and we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We are excited to get these meters into the world as soon as possible.
Thanks for your continued support.
The FLUID Team
Colin and Josh just returned from an exciting week in San Francisco as part of the Imagine H2O accelerator program. This program runs throughout 2016 and was developed to help water technologies get to market quicker. While FLUID didn’t win the grand prize – being selected as one of the ten finalists was quite an honor.
The team had three full days of meetings with investors, lawyers, PR professionals, other entrepreneurs and officials from the public and private sectors. FLUID was very well received and a number of excellent opportunities have resulted from our participation. The week culminated in a Gala where over 300+ people related to the water sector from the Bay Area learned about FLUID and the other companies and all of the finalists were honored.
Here are just a few pictures from the weeks events:
Colin and Josh goofing around at Target’s new “Open House” – a space Target created to show off new IoT products. Hopefully someday FLUID will form part of this exhibit!
Colin and Josh at the Imagine H2O Gala.
We’ve been hard at work trying to improve FLUID’s accuracy by amplifying the transducer signal. It has taken quite a bit of work, but we’re getting close.
For all of you technical people – the new board stacks onto the right 2/3 of our current board. What this means is that we will likely need a slightly deeper lid on the enclosure to make room for the additional height.
Here is what the additional board looks like
Here is a glimpse of the trip that Colin and Josh took to Dubai to participate in the Dubai Energy and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Innovation Week. FLUID was one of five Kickstarter projects that were invited to participate. Needless to say, the DEWA hosted a fabulous event and brought together some great new technology innovators in the energy and water sectors from around the world. We felt honored to have been able to participate.