We're just finishing up a week-long trip to manufacturers to review progress and discuss development of some new power train products we've been considering. Even with all the moving around, it's been a good week.
Production of the L4-134 blocks is progressing nicely. As a little background, we made a decision in July to do one more prototype run in an effort to incorporate some minor refinements into the final production specs. Our priority was to not only to get it right, but to be in a position to confidently and consistently deliver new blocks with better tolerances than the original blocks produced 50+ years ago.
We're now seeing the benefits of "going the extra mile". While the resulting prototype built up nicely and tested even better, the real value is manifesting itself in the first production run. We've been QC'ing blocks as the come off the line post machining. Specs and tolerances are tight.
While we'd love to take credit for all of this, we humbly acknowledge that are benefiting from huge advancements in manufacturing techniques and technologies over the past half century. Maybe it's fairer to say we have been mindful of taking full advantage of these advancements for the benefit of our distributors and end customers.
Now that we're confident in the process, resulting end product and our manufacturing partners, it's time to think about moving the next products into the development pipeline. We'll leave those details to another post in the near future. ;-)
US delivery dates of the first L4-134 run are updated - first week of November - just in case you've been thinking about an early present for yourself!