THE ANALOG THING
Welcome to the sixth newsletter on all things THAT (THE ANALOG THING).
We would like to update you on the current status of production and shipping
and to share with you a few links to projects some new THAT owners have posted online.
Delays in production and test
Bringing a new electronics product to the market is challenging at the
best of times - and it surely is a challenge during a global supply chain
crisis! We thank all of you who are waiting for your THATs patiently for your
understanding in this matter. This is not simply a matter of shipping THATs as quickly
as possible. In many instances, it is a matter of weighing the speed of shipment against
the quality of our product. And when this question presents itself, we prioritize
Each THAT must successfully pass a 15-minute semi-automatic test
procedure before being boxed and shipped. Unfortunately, the tests on the initial
batch of PCBs we received from our manufacturer showed significant soldering defects,
which contributed to shipping delays of several weeks.
The first batch of THATs consisted of 100 units. Tests performed on these
units showed problems that can be attributed to the application of an
erroneous temperature profile in the soldering process. This failure rate
has affected about 50% of the units of the first batch. Two of our electronic engineers
are working full time to repair and retest the affected units. This is time-consuming
but necessary to meet our quality standards.
As a further complication, this repair work has come to a full stop due to
unforeseen legal reasons. Our landlord is prohibiting soldering work until a review of our
fire safety provisions has been conducted and documented. This has held up the shipment of
THATs in the past two weeks, and we hope that this situation will be rectified in the coming
two to four weeks.
In response to the faults introduced to the first batch by deficient soldering, we switched
to a different supplier for future batches. However, parts procurement
remains a challenge, especially in our medium-quantity range. In response, we have
split the second batch of THATs into two parts, with the first part containing 100 units.
This photo is
a glimpse at our lab, where massive amounts of units are tested,
debugged and repaired.
||Estimated shipping date
|AP1000 – AP1065
|AP1066 – AP1250
|AP1251 – AP1700
Beginning in July 2022, we expect to have enough THATs in stock to serve
new orders immediately.
Priorization for educational purposes
For the time being, we are prioritizing customers who have ordered THATs for
academic projects with fixed schedules. If your order is of this type, please do get in
touch with us, and we will try to help accordingly.
Projects carried out with THAT
Here are some interesting reviews and projects that some new THAT owners have shared online:
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