After having mastered the challenge of organizing the whole prototyping phase from a distance due to COVID-19, the conception phase of Osmose is completed since the end of September 2020.
Back in October 2020, we hoped that the situation would start to normalize, but due to the renewed lockdown in France and the borders remaining closed, we weren’t able to send our engineers to oversee the industrial production at the factory in Shanghai.
Therefore, we took the decision to set up a mirrored parallel production line locally in France. While production of the units will still take place at our industrial partner exclusively, the mirrored production line in France allows us to remotely oversee and manage all the quality-control processes despite the circumstances.
We received all the parts of the first industrially manufactured Osmoses in January 2021. We then had to work on final industrial adjustments, a phase that is crucial to ensure that all parts of the mass production product will work together seamlessly. Unfortunately, with still no possibility to send our engineers to the factory for giving real-time feedback on-site, each iteration of components needed to be shipped from China to France in order to be surveyed in person, causing several week-long delays.
As of June 2021, the global market of electronic components still remains severely disrupted. The sourcing of components under these circumstances took our team months, but we are now happy to announce that enough components could be secured to guarantee the production of all Osmose units that had been reserved back at the end of 2019.
(as of June 11th 2021)
- manufacturing of injection molds and industrial tools (completed)
first industrial Osmose series:
- complete review and quality control of the first industrial series. (completed)
final industrial adjustments:
- managing the sourcing of electronic components. (completed)
- preparation of the assembly line (in finalization)
final industrial Osmose series:
- final quality checks
- operator training
launch of mass production and first shipments to our backers:
- according to the ramp-up of production: progressive shipments by sea from China factory