After last week’s prep work, Keychron is finally going into its first production trial! We personally visited the manufacturing factory to see the whole process that goes into making our keyboard. We got the chance to see the entire process from the initial molding stage all the way to the finished product.
We witness first hand the number of workers and testings needed into making a single keyboard. We were personally surprised to see the extent of logistic testing the factory puts into their product such as a truck, ship, temperature, and moisture simulator to test how the products will react while in transit in order to analysis the durability of each product.
All the factory workers are working hard to produce our keyboards while maintaining a high-quality standard. Each component is carefully put together by hand and inspected before going to the next step. There are a lot of detail and steps needed into going into a single keyboard. We like to give you a quick insight into what goes into making one.
The manufacturer walked us through their whole factory to see the various departments a product goes through. First, is making the components of course. After the molding process and each component is crafted and painted, the different items get sent upstairs for assembly.
At the beginning of the assembly line, a technician welds and checks the battery functionality. After the battery is secured and passed the assessment, it then goes to assembling the keyboard body where the rubber feet are attached, the OS system toggle switch is checked, and someone assembles the side panels on.
Then, it goes to the first out of three rounds of switch check to test its functionality. After the switches are checked, the workers then cover the switches with the correct keycaps. The keyboard then undergoes another round of key testing to see if it works on a Windows and Mac OS wirelessly.
Following the second round of key testing, it is thoroughly examined to see if anything is out of place or off. It takes them a while as they examine the front, back, each corner, and even the height and feedback of the keycaps. If the keyboard passes this manual examination, it goes to its third and final round of switch check to make sure it is fully compatible wirelessly and with the two different OS systems as we want to reduce the amount of defects as best as we can. All in all, it takes about 30 minutes to assemble a Keychron keyboard.
These are just some of the keyboards produced in our first trial production. During the trial production run, it is common to encounter a few production problems and serves as a way to help improve efficiency rate as much as possible before going into mass production.
For example, when we were reviewing the first few finished keyboards, we noticed the frame colors were a bit off. After a discussion with the factory, we found out the anodizing process for the space grey hue is not exactly the same as the color we previously agreed upon. It is lighter than what we agreed as well as what we told you during the campaign. The image below depicts the huge difference. So, we made the executive order to not use these first 200 grey aluminum keyboard frames in the first production batch for mass production because we want to deliver to you guys the exact products we promised.
As you can see, a lot of time goes into making a keyboard. We are trying our best to minimize as much production problems as possible. As we continue to prepare for mass production, we will be ready to start shipping at the end of Dec. For customers who have already filled in our shipping survey and need to change any shipping information due to the current shipping schedule, please fill out the survey again by searching an email from firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take the latest response as the reference, you can also find a copy of your survey response from Google after filling out the survey. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.