What are your thoughts on Parallax's ability to manufacture here in our own facility?
Good to know that Parallax is manufacturing products in the U.S. which provides a benefit to workers and the economy right at home, in the country, state and region of Parallax's HQ.
Keeping as much manufacturing as possible within the company's location provides benefit to design, bring-up and quality as proximity does allow high levels of communication between the entire project team. Continual improvement of process is aided by proximity of all project/product teams.
As fuel prices increase and the wages of workers in "traditional" manufacturing countries rise, costs of manufacturing in the U.S. should become more competitive. Companies like Parallax are hopefully front-runners in bringing home manufacturing, where it makes sense.
What has been your experience with the quality of our products?
Product quality and support directly from Parallax make a big difference to me. Purchasing kits and development components requires at some point a "leap of faith" in that you're depending on individual components to work "as expected" in order to assemble a hobby project or something of a commercial nature. Less time spent "debugging" either a problem or just the intricacies of a component means more time to create new stuff. Parallax provides quality components no doubt and then backs them up with quick replacement when there are problems (Wow, what a concept!). The amount and types of support from Parallax exceed many other companies that I've dealt with in the world of electronic products.
What are some of your favorite Made in the USA products that Parallax builds?
Human Interface card
Propeller Memory Card
Compass Module 3-Axis HMC5883L Card
Touring Parallax's manufacturing areas during Propeller Expos, showed a high level of worker pride in the work and facilities. Parallax has a unique quality about how it does business and having some level of manufacturing done not just locally, but internally is part of that quality. Works for me!