Braveridge provides OEM services which integrate the team efforts of two departments, manufacturing and development. Both teams handle quality matters. Manufactured at Japanese factory means peace of mind in quality, due dates, and confidentiality.
Manufacturing OEM service is one of our core businesses.
Braveridge Fukuoka Factory is specialized in assembly. For SMT, our partner factories are in charge. SMT factory is a brand new factory maintaining the highest quality standard.
Fukuoka factory is run by a factory manager who had been involved in manufacturing for over 30years and in charge of one of the largest electronics manufacturer’s subcontract factory with plenty of experience and excellent results
In 2014 our OEM business targets to “Build respectfully”
It does not mean that we have not been respectful, rather we aim to ” add 20% more care”. We target to add 2 seconds more of care to the same work we have taken 10 seconds previously. We believe this is achievable because we are manufacturing in Japan. Do not rush manufacturing, do not get pushed by the flow! We believe this is truly Made in Japan quality
◎A scene of manual soldering. PCB is fixed firmly on our custom made PCB fixation jig.
◎Photo of Jig and Tools to separate PCB Panel. Jigs and tools are custom made by us according to the type and thickness of the PCB.
◎Separated PCB in line waiting for electric tests, placed on an anti-static tray.
◎What are Jigs and Tools?。
PCBs, after going through SMT + manual process, are set up on the Jig, and tested.
Around 1994, during development at x company, there was a test called ICT（In Circuit board Tester) performed on the PCB, and then it was tested on the function checker (named jig here) as the below photo.
From 1995 onwards, manufacturing process using ICT dropped steadily even among the major companies, and by 2000 they almost disappeared.
There was a movement to replace ICT with function checking.
Basically we have also adopted this function checker. Our function checker jig is custom made for us. At the point of product development, we concurrently think of how to maintain checking at each manufacturing process to create the jig. From 2014, we have started using BLE for our manufacturing process. Using tablets, we collect log of the test result by Bluetooth®︎LE(BLE) sensing. We collect data for voltage, current, function check, radio properties, LED’s color judgment, and original electronic load etc. with BLE and send data to tablets.
We believe we might be the only company working on the above so thoroughly. Additionally, we are storing all shipping test data for each BLE modules by the serial numbers attached to each body of BLE module. (applicable to production on April 25 2014 onwards) Jig used for this purpose will be shown here shortly.
“To improve production quality at factory depends on the strength of manufacturing technology”, For more than a decade now, our continuous belief and efforts are built on the that foundation.
We are often questioned, “Do you have ISOxxxxx?”, but does that prove the quality of our production quality standard?
We do not think so. ISOxxxxx simply means you are following certain rules and procedures.
It does not confirm the quality of the finished goods. For example, which way can maintain fewer defects between visual check and check by sensor? If you decided under ISO to do visual check, you satisfy ISO standard. There is something questionable about this. In the USA, ISO is not common.
◎Production scene in 2013 August.
Now we have added one more floor above this to manufacture. Our production capacity is increasing.
◎Closing the day, words given from factory manager at the evening assembly.
◎After shipping inspection, Finished products are packed in carton boxes, and collected by transportation companies. As they are made hot on the spot, finished products are carried out for delivery as they are completed. To Kanto area, it only takes 2 days to reach customer locations.
If manufacturing was done in China, waiting time till delivery may take days or sometimes weeks until the whole 20ft or 40ft container gets full. This is the destiny of delivery by ship. Another 10-14 days are added on the sea from China to Japan. Do you know that containers inside the ship can be as hot as 70℃-80℃?
◎Below is a photo of our mechanical parts shipped from our molding company. Only mechanical parts are made at our factory in China, as the pricing differs too much compared to made-in-Japan production.
A label called Identification Tag is pasted on the box. The label was created by us this way for the immigration officer to match the content with Invoice on the spot, for our receiving material control staff to identify the content at a glance, and for our China staff to double confirm the content before shipping. Some other material control warehouses may look neatly arranged, but many boxes may be opened randomly showing the inefficiency of identifying the content without the ID tags on the carton boxes.
With some creativity, you may be able to cut down the unnecessary time on the parts before processing.
◎Inspecting incoming materials.
We have ①main material storage cabinet, ②storage cabinet for storing incoming materials which will be used on the day③material storage for materials not in use.
①At the main material storage cabinet, materials 3 times of 40ft container are stored.
We rent a storage from an organic restaurant.
◎Once incoming inspection is completed, materials are placed at another material storage warehouse together with the tag control list as below. `
It looks very analog at the moment, but in the near future, we are planning on using BLE for material control.
◎Below is a shipping tray before inspection. On top is a sign board that says “under inspection”. This assures us not to ship out accidentally without inspection.
◎Our electronics components are under control. Below photo is a PCB in a vacuum pack.
Every part delivered to the SMT factory is stored in vacuum pack. Vacuum pack and moisture proof pack will only be opened at the SMT factory. SMT factory is controlled under a very strict high MSL level warehouse, so the parts will not be returned back to us.
◎Soldering iron used at the production process. At Fukuoka factory, manufacturing is complete with Lead-free and ROHS free process.
A clock is placed so that workers can be aware of how long it takes to measure the temperature of the tip of the soldering iron.
◎These are 26 years of personal collection of vintage soldering. There is one soldering from the year 1920.
Just for your viewing..
◎Using the above solder, a scene making DAC PCB.
◎Have a look at our robot soldering machine, it is definitely not cheap!
It is soldering Apple 30 pin connector on this photo.
In fact, this robot is exactly the same model used at Foxconn at a factory building Apple products.
◎Below is a photo of a spot welder.
It is an equipment to spot weld Li-Ion battery cell and terminal together.
◎Below is an equipment used for manufacturing leather products. It weighs 2 tons. Using oil pressure, genuine leather is pressed by a mold named Thomson mold, and stamped out.
The cutting machine proves we use real leather
We are mainly using Bridle Leather. Its an ultra high grade leather. We do not use chrome tanning.
From one cow, 2 big pieces of cowhides can be produced from left and right side of the cow
Braveridge is versatile, electronics designing and manufacturing to leather items…
- We offer OEM services which integrate our developement technology group.
- We are well versed in consumer products price range, therefore, our prices are set reasonably.
- There is no wasting of time from manufacturing to shipment.
- Quality control is managed by both manufacturing and development department.
- Your confidential information is kept within us. Please contact us for detailed information.
- Factory auditing is available at your convenience.