We've been receiving waves of parts and are in the midst of assembling the first 20 Freedom Chairs. We're on schedule! Pallets of parts are coming in, being inspected, sorted, and stored until being put into subassemblies and assemblies.
There's a lot that goes into shipping a product that has to happen behind the scenes. In addition to designing the product, managing production, and assembling the chairs, there's all sorts of little things that needed to be sorted out: inventory management, serial numbering, decals and logos, an assembly manual, training guides, boxes for shipping, negotiating the best shipping rates, managing space in a tiny Cambridge office, scheduling demos, scheduling the release cycle for accessories and add-ons, and the general keeping on top of running the business. It's been a great ride so far and we're stoked to get the Freedom Chair to riders!
We put a lot of thought into how to manage the assembly of the chairs in such a small space. We're storing all of the components and assemblies on a massive shelf along one wall of our office. We have two large assembly tables in front of the shelves, and are using them to put together each sub-assembly and assembly. Starting small and working up. Mario's Dad spent last week with us to help us get all of the sub-assemblies (quick-release drivetrains, footplates, forks, etc.) put together. Thanks!
The two large assembly tables each have a bike clamp on them to hold up a Freedom Chair frame in just the right position to assemble the whole chair. Once mounted on the clamp, we can easily pop in all of the sub-assemblies onto the frame and bolt together the completed chair. We're fully assembling each chair in order to do a complete quality check before partial disassembly and boxing. Once you receive the Freedom Chair you'll only have to insert one screw (to attach the fork, and we'll provide the allen-wrench and step-by-step instructions) yourself. The sealed boxes head out of the office, down the freight elevator, and onto the loading dock for UPS pickup.
We'll keep you updated with how the assemblies and deliveries go! Thanks again for joining us on this ride!