Step 1. Selecting the country of manufacturing
Selecting the right country and factory is important so over the next few weeks, we spoke with several hardware companies who had this experience.
Through our various talks and exploration, we came to understand that preparing for a full-scale production in China may take more than 3 months and require more funding. Therefore, we decided to produce a small batch in Ukraine and to simultaneously work on the launch of full-scale production.
We divided the whole production process into the following stages:
1) Molding of cases;
2) Manufacturing and assembly of PCBs;
3) Purchasing of components;
4) Production of packaging and printed products;
5) Testing and packaging of sensors;
"Talk about WHY. I often advise to go small batch until it hurts because once you plunked down 100K for tooling, you committed your company."
Will McLeod, Co-Founder and CPO at Keen Home Inc.
Step 2. Molding of cases
We decided to mold Ecoisme's cases in China to ensure that we received good quality products. We have production partners in Kyiv that have worked with Chinese manufacturers in the past and saw the quality of the products that they received from their partner company in China. This factory also offered a low-cost solution, which is a mold made from raw steel, sufficient for 1,000 shells. The amount of a conventional high-quality steel mold is enough for 50,000 cases but the cost is several times higher and the manufacturing takes 30% longer. Our goal was to produce a high-quality mold, but with minimal time and expense.