The electronics for all our products is manufactured in our facility in Palm Springs California. This facility has equipment to do surface mount and through hole electronics, CNC machining and hand assembly of electro-mechanical components.
In addition to components for electric cars we also build other specialty products such as the Canary 100.
Manufacturing will be done in Palm Springs California, not overseas, so that people in our country will benefit. We have a factory that has all the people and equipment needed to build the Canary 100. In fact, the prototypes were built in our factory. Palm Springs is located in the Coachella Valley which an economically depressed area with high unemployment. The community here is working hard to change this. Several of the cities in the valley have banded together to form a business incubator in Palm Springs, the iHub. We are a participant in that program and our factory is in one of the iHub buildings. The Canary 100 will be the first manufactured product launch from the iHub. The iHub plan is to eventually have a core of high tech businesses that will create many high paying jobs.
The manufacturing process begins by putting solder in paste form on the bare circuit boards. The solder paste has millions of microscopic solder balls, flux and binders (which aid the soldering process). It is the consistency of peanut butter. The stencil printer applies the solder with a process similar to silk screening. A bead of solder paste is put on the stainless steel stencil and a squeegee pushes it across small openings in the stainless steel. In this way, only the parts of the board that need to be soldered get solder.
Our pick and place machine takes small parts from reels and larger parts from tubes and puts them on the board. The machine can also test some of the parts as it is placing them. It can place about 7000 parts per hour, which means we can make a lot of Canary 100s per day!
The solder paste also provides another important function, beside the solder: it is sticky to hold the parts in place. When we take the board with all the parts on it out of the pick and place machine, the solder paste keeps the parts from falling off.
The final step in this process it to put the board with all the parts on it in the oven. The oven has a conveyor belt that passes the board through different chambers at different temperatures to heat up the board in a controlled way. This melts the solder and evaporates the soldering flux. The boards come out all soldered and ready for the next step.
All the parts that can’t be put on with the pick and place are put on by hand.
We have a fully equipped shipping department to ship your orders quickly.