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Oct 2018

The Nightmare we Share – Lessons from Working with the Wrong Chinese Android Supplier

In October we got an email from a company, Peppercorn (not real name), that had reached out to Hatch over a year ago about making a custom Android tablet for them.   The project itself, from a technical standpoint, was perfect for Hatch, but the company wasn’t mature enough to commit to the volume we […]

The Most Important Article about Hardware Manufacturing you Will Read

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Dec 2017

The Most Important Article about Hardware Manufacturing you Will Read

In this article, I cover many hardware manufacturing issues, questions and concerns that most people have (or will come across) when it comes to making tech hardware. Over the last few years, Hatch’s hardware blog has aimed to provide its readers and subscribers with the most relevant and up to date information with regards to […]

Hardware Devices are Shipped

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Sep 2015

Hardware Devices are Shipped

In shipping steps By Bei Lion

After the mass production is over, your products are ready to be sent to their destination.

Before the shipping occurs, the balance payment for the Android devices is made.

Mass Production: Manufacturing And Assembling

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Sep 2015

Mass Production: Manufacturing And Assembling

In manufacturing steps By Bei Lion

After the mold has been produced and the trial of mass production has successfully been performed the real mass production can start.

Before any mass production begins there’s another deposit to be made. Its level depends on the quantity being produced.

Mass Production: Short-Run Trial Production.

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Sep 2015

Mass Production: Short-Run Trial Production.

In manufacturing steps By Bei Lion

In order to make sure that everything goes smoothly, a trial mass production is launched imminently after the mold is finished, tested and validated.

Trial production is an added part to mass production that happens only during the first mass production run of a product that is being made for the first time. This is the case for any custom Android device.

After this stage the project is ready for the mass production phase of your project.

Mold Production, Testing And Validation. License And Cetification

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Sep 2015

Mold Production, Testing And Validation. License And Cetification

In manufacturing steps By Bei Lion

Production of a mold is required only if a custom case is needed, otherwise we’ll source an existing case for your product.

Meanwhile, whether certifications (FCC, CE, Bluetooth, Wifi, Android Compatibility tests etc) are required (which get done after mold is finished), the process to obtain it starts.

Shipping Working Prototype to Client For Review And Feedback.

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Sep 2015

Shipping Working Prototype to Client For Review And Feedback.

In development steps By Bei Lion

The working prototype is shipped to you for review. You send us your feedbacks and requests for modification.

Once the modification are made and your expectation satisfied you give your validation to start the next step: making the mold.

Prototype Development

18

Sep 2015

Prototype Development

In development steps By Bei Lion

Prototyping allows you to review high-quality samples of your product before the costly and time-consuming process of opening a mold and the mass production start.

Agreement and Quotation Before Production

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Sep 2015

Agreement and Quotation Before Production

In initiation steps By Bei Lion

A unit cost is provided in the quotation based on development requirements, product specifications, and forecast quantity. The quote combines development charges and unit cost.

Your volume forecast must be confirmed before signature of the contract as the unit cost is based on this forecast. Future deposits are computed based on the total order value.

At this point agreeing on a milestone and payment schedule with the partner you choosed is a must. It will help both parties to prepare the financial resources with a clear milestones in mind.

Client Provides Requirements For Hardware Device And Other Relevant Information

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Sep 2015

Client Provides Requirements For Hardware Device And Other Relevant Information

Beside describing your product’s functionality, it’s helpful and important for you to share specifications, the current stage of development of your project and the forecast order quantity.

Note that you must have a confirmed volume forecast in order to get an accurate quotation.

Other information like your company background and your distribution channels are relevant too.