-Hand Soldering Blenders
During our last soldering session of Tasty Blenders, we thought it would be fun to take some pictures and share some of the assembly steps involved in making a Tasty Blender.
Before we begin any hand soldering, the assembly starts with surface mount parts.
Pictured above is a panel of 6 Tasty Blenders right before they go into the oven to re-flow. All these parts live on top surface of the circuit board, and that's why they're called "surface mount" parts.
We used a pick and place machine to get most of this work done very quickly.
In the picture above, Bob is setting up some reels to begin running the machine. If you'd like to see more pictures from that awesome day of electronics, click here.
After we're done populating the surface mount parts (and cleaning the boards), it's time to fire up the irons!
In this shot, Tyler is soldering on the first thru-hole part. It's called a "thru-hole" part because the part is pushed through a hole in the circuit board. We use solder to form the electrical connection and hold the part in place. Here, Tyler is soldering a pair of headers that hold the display in place. These headers elevate the display so it's flush with the face-plate. Without these, the display would sit too low, and you wouldn't be able to see your settings!
At this stage, we also add a little extra solder to the connection for the power jack input.
A few months ago, we had a couple customers contact us because their Blenders were no longer powering up. We immediately sent them replacements, and they were up and rocking again shortly. They returned their units to us, and it turns out the connectors had been slightly ripped off the circuit board. Although these failures seem to be isolated, we have now implemented this extra step to ensure a very strong connection on the power input. After assembly is complete, we now also put a healthy dab of gorilla glue under the connector to hold that sucker on there!
The final step is soldering into place the control knobs and the audio connectors.
Tyler is so fast at those display headers that he came over to help Mike with some of the audio jacks. What a great team player!
To see all the pictures from this epic day of soldering, please check out the complete photo set on our Flickr page. I hope you enjoyed seeing what it takes to assemble the Tasty Blender!
Thanks again for all your business and support!
-Summer NAMM 2013
We're exhibiting at Summer NAMM this weekend (booth # 622). Sorry, but we will be unable to ship any orders until this Monday (7/15).
We are very excited to be in Summer NAMM's new venue, The Music City Center. It is quite an impressive and beautiful building.
Along with our limiter products, we are showing some of our new Rockon Cable options. If you're at the show, come check out our booth along the SW wall (booth 622).
Thanks for your patience with recent orders. Any orders placed throughout the week and weekend will be shipped asap on Monday morning.
-Building Tasty Blenders!
Electronics assembly is fun - we love it! Pictured above is the first panel of Tasty Blender coming out of the re-flow oven. It's always an exciting moment to see the fresh new PCBs coming down the conveyor belt!
We want to share our excitement, so during the last build, we broke out the camera and took some pictures. To see all of the pictures from the day (and maybe geek out a bit about how electronics are made), check out our flickr page here:
-New drop down options for the Rockon Cable
We have seen a large increase in custom cable orders, and we thank you all for your business. To streamline this process, we have added new drop down menu options on the Rockon Cable product page.
You can now select your length (15', 20', 25' and 30') and instrument connector types (STR or RA) before checkout. If you have any other special requests (custom colors or gold plated connectors), please contact us via our contact page. We look forward to making your custom cable!
Thanks again for all your support and rock on,
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