The latest update came a little early due to the holidays, so here are a few highlights:

Happy Thanksgiving! Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, this month’s blog update is earlier than ever as next Friday will be December, and with the Thanksgiving Holiday, Wednesday becomes the last working day of this week.

A shorter update overall but lots of good news!

Amora Gem Update:

TIGER-1 upgraded to 1.1…working flawlessly! To pick up where we left off last month, we had our v3 nanopolish parts arrive and we were just kicking off full Soaring Hearts Eternity production.
Unfortunately both of the first runs then crashed out an hour and a half hour before completion due to error’s we’d never seen.
The root cause turned out to be that we had 4 weeks of non-stop rain here in Seattle, and the humidity built up inside TIGER’s body and affected the electrical contacts.
Thus with data being transmitted as digital spikes of voltage the moisture was disrupting the data in the commands issued, resulting in random and never before seen errors.

Thus, we opted to take TIGER offline and proceed with a full electronics upgrade (with waterproof connectors) that we had been planning, along with a rebuilding of TIGER’s wrists and tuning of all it’s arms, plus a few software algorithm improvements. We also installed a fan inside TIGER and put in a de-humidifier in the lab.

TIGER has thus became TIGER 1.1 and we couldn’t be happier with the results. Production for Soaring Hearts Eternity has now achieved near ‘push button’ processing and TIGER’s precision is the best it has ever been.

Soaring Hearts Eternity production – excellent production flow at last: As mentioned, production for Soaring Hearts Eternity has ramped up nicely with TIGER 1.1. We had a restock of both 6.5mm/7mm and also 8mm this past week.
Everything promptly sold out but we expect to continue to have record weekly production going forward. December will be 7.5mm and 8mm primarily.

TIGER-2 and TIGER-3 – all parts complete. Assembly starts next week: I’m happy to note that all parts for TIGER-2 and TIGER-3 have completed machining and are now in shipping to our assembly warehouse.
We’re hoping to get TIGER-2 online as early as Christmas and TIGER-3 by Valentines Day.
This of course will let us triple production early in 2017, and allow us a lot more flexibility in terms of size range and eventually shapes.

Misc:

When a brand name means nothing… After we purchased the aforementioned de-humidifier for our lab, we then received an email about a recall notice for various de-humidifiers. What was interesting was how many ‘distinct brands’ were in fact nothing but the same Chinese made de-humidifier under the covers.
As part of the recall, the US consumer govt site showed there were 53 brand names being recalled because apparently, these were all actually made by 1 single Chinese manufacturer (Midea).

This included names like Honeywell, Sylvania, GE, Kenmore, etc. which you would have assumed all had their own plants and making unique, distinct products.

Instead you have 1 actual maker putting 53 different brand labels on their product, so your trust in ‘brand X’ would have been misplaced since they were all being made at the same place, with the same now recalled flaw, but with a different label on the front. And hence all being recalled for the exact same problem.

This is similar in fact to many of the new ‘moissanite’ brands popping up – for most of these, there’s one Chinese maker supplying, but everyone is putting their own brand name on the same product causing consumers to think there’s all kinds of new moissanite makers entering the market.

For reference, we are the actual manufacturer of the Amora Gem, cut by TIGER. It’s not just a brand name slapped on the same gem everyone else has.

Here’s the full recall name list of the 1 single Midea manufactured de-humidifier to show the 53 brand names with 1 actual maker.

“This recall involves 25, 30, 40, 50, 60, 65, 70, and 75-pint dehumidifiers with the following brand names:
Airworks, Alen, Arcticaire, Arctic King, Beaumark, Coolworks, ComfortAire, Comfort Star, Continental Electic, Crosley, Daewoo, Danby, Danby & Designer, Dayton, Degree, Diplomat, Edgestar, Excell, Fellini, Forest Air, Frigidaire, GE, Grunaire, Hanover, Honeywell, Homestyles, Hyundai, Ideal Air, Kenmore (Canada), Keystone, Kul, Midea, Nantucket, Ocean Breeze, Pelonis, Perfect Aire, Perfect Home, Polar Wind, Premiere, Professional Series, Royal Sovereign, Simplicity, Sunbeam, SPT, Sylvania, TGM, Touch Point, Trutemp, Uberhaus, Westpointe, Winix, and Winixl.”

Actual maker = Midea.

https://www.cpsc.gov/…/2017/Dehumidifiers-Made-by-Midea-Rec…

Happy Thanksgiving to all! We’ll have one more update right after Christmas to catch up on the Soaring Hearts Eternity production and TIGER-2 and T3 expansion for the last update of 2016!

 

The full post with all the news and more details can be found on our discussion board, here!

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