[Tinkerphones] [Gta04-owner] Status of GTA04A5 production

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Thu Sep 22 17:31:44 CEST 2016

we are coming closer...

I had a short meeting to discuss placement of some components today.
For example the position of the two LEDs is not easy to determine because
they are tilted a little.

But the whole GTA04 design is more complex than they thought, so that
they had much more work than planned to program the Siplace system.
This was intersting to see.

Basically they have a CAD system where they read in the Gerber files
and overlay Pick&Place positions and component packages. Components
can be shifted and rotated manually if needed. This is automatically
replicated for a multiple panel. 

I have already seen the boxes with all components. Those are tempered
tonight and tomorrow they do the setup. Depending on how long it needs,
they can start tomorrow. Or Monday latest.

All this means they are again behind schedule. But not much and we can
be happy to have someone who produces so small quantities for us with
such elaborated machinery. And they have already produced many OpenPandora
devices so they know how to solder the PoP chips.

Anyways I will take a camera with me tomorrow so that I can show some
scenes from setting up GTA04 production then.

It remains thrilling :)


> Am 20.09.2016 um 09:04 schrieb H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>:
>> Am 14.09.2016 um 11:16 schrieb H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>:
>> Hi,
>> "next week" has arrived and it looked good for Friday
>> and I just waited for the final confirmation to take
>> my handy-cam and make a video of the production run.
>> Now I got an info that everything is prepared.
>> But it has turned out that the dipping machine for the
>> package on package memory chip is defective. It will
>> be repaired and is planned to arrive on Monday.
>> So production run will be Tuesday or Wednesday.
> It is now scheduled for Thursday... We have to wait 2 more days.
>> Please cross fingers :)
>> BR,
>> Nikolaus Schaller
>>> Am 07.09.2016 um 19:21 schrieb H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>:
>>> Next progress: it looks as if the first 20 units are built before end of next week.
>>> They will notify me and I can go there to make some videos.
>>> BR,
>>> Nikolaus
>>>> Am 05.09.2016 um 14:26 schrieb Roland Häder <roland at mxchange.org>:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> good to hear about the progress. :-)
>>>> Roland
>>>> H. Nikolaus Schaller – Mon., 5. September 2016 13:49
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> production time is coming very close. Last Friday we discussed the final fine-tuning for the
>>>>> stencil for printing the solder paste.
>>>>> And now I got the confirmation that all components (incl. PCBs and BNO055) now have
>>>>> arrived. So I am eagerly awaiting when they have time on their production machines to
>>>>> build the first 20 units. I will go there and try to make some videos.
>>>>> So you can probably feel my excitement :) And nervousness (because I don't know if
>>>>> there is still one catastrophic mistake or bug in the design).
>>>>> BR,
>>>>> Nikolaus
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>>>>> http://shop.goldelico.com/wiki.php?page=GTA04%20Complete
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