It has been a long year of hard work. A short look at what went on.
July 2016 - This was the first real start forJoule Case. We finally had some space to grow, or at least space to put lots of pallets of parts and cart and carts. Pallets of all shapes and weights were coming in, double length pallets, pallets carrying 2000+lbs each (that’ss a lot of weight for 1 pallet). Pallets for days! Along with the space we also acquired the equipment needed to handle a majority of the manufacturing andmachining, removing the cost of 'job shops' we needed for small prototype and beta development.
August-November 2016 - I told friends andfamily that it would only take 2 weeks of work before I could get the firstbatch of units out. It was much longer than two weeks. Let's say that I nowhave a master's in logistics, operations, manufacturing and patience.
Winter 2016 - Just going to skip throughthis chapter, it was cold, too much snow, couldn't turn screws it was so cold.
January-February 2017 - Units finally began to ship and the manufacturing process was getting easier, we were able to build inbatches now that several units had been completed in-house. Most of the raw materials had already been processed, helping dramatically with keeping the momentum going.
March-May 2017 / Shipping and setbacks - We had a great deal of trouble shipping to one customer in particular. The first shipment of SLA500 modules for the most part arrived without issue except 1 support slat on the pallet broke and tipped a stack (of 8) into another. We figured that was a fluke given no issues before but to be sure we screwed 1/2" OSB (particleboard) to the pallet for extra strength, then put barriers around the units so they wouldn't move around, got the industrial plastic wrap and corner bumpers. Well that shipment ended in some more units getting damaged. After all of that, paying for shipping insurance, getting a letter back from the carrier stating "something happened to them during handling" we've been denied any compensation. Spring sucked, but we were able to get on top of the inventory.
Summer 2017 / Back on track - Inventory is up, orders are handled and we actually have some time to breath. So we're having a summer sale! We have 40 P1000 units and 120 SLA500 units we want to offer at a discount. P1000 have 1000 watts of Pure Sine output and each SLA500 will run a50w LED TV 9-10 hours for tailgating, stack them together and run your whole tailgate, campsite, outdoor product booth, whatever! Enjoy the rest of thesummer, glad to be back!
Alex - Joule Case Team