How Phone Stands are Made – In Chinese Factory
All the Lamicall fans and customers know that Lamicall products are not only well designed, but also of excellent quality. Every detail is considered for the convenience of the customers’ usage such as the opening between the holding hooks allowing holding and charging at the same time; the hole on the back allowing the data line to go through; and the smooth edge avoiding hurting the user especially the kids, etc.
Visiting the Factory
Many customers left us messages asking about the materials and the manufacture method of our products.
As a website director, of course I don’t know much about these. After all, they are product engineer’s businesses.
But as a responsible website director, of course I need to find answers for our customers.
So I just chose a nice day and went to our factory, with my notebook.
(Chinese factory is never a fancy place but it produce things with high quality.)
Ok, now let’s get down to the topic.
During my visiting in the factory, I know that the whole producing process of the phone stand includes: Stamping, Impact molding, CNC chamfering & edge milling, Surface treatment, laser or Silk screen printing, assembling & stick the silicon sheet, and packaging.
It’ hard to imagine a simple phone stand takes so many steps and works to make. To maximize efficiency, each step is carried out by different professionals in different rooms.
(Chinese factory workers.)
Process of Producing Phone Stand
During the blanking process, the metal work piece with the shape we want is removed from the primary metal sheet when it is punched. The metal is aluminium alloy, and if you want to know why we choose aluminium alloy as our cellphone stand material, you may check my another article: Why We Choose Aluminium Alloy as the Material of Our Phone Stand
2. Impact molding
Using the molding machine to bend the flat metal sheet into the shape we need.
3. Chamfering & edge milling
When creating a part with the 2 steps above, machining operations often leave a sharp edge on the workpiece. So we use CNC machine to eliminates sharp edges, leaving a sloped surface instead.
4. Surface treatment
The surface treatment includes Electroplating, Anodic Oxidation, and Painting. The purpose is to make the surface of the metal smoother and more resistant to corrosion. Make the products more beautiful and with customed color.
(Sorry that no picture about this step, because it was lunch time when I was visiting this part.)
5. Laser marking or Silk screen printing
That’s how we put our logo and brand name on the products.
Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate. While Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, laser marking is the process of marking or labeling with a laser beam. There are different types of laser marking, including engraving, removing, staining, annealing and foaming.
6. Assembling & stick the silicon sheet on product
This step is to put the different workpieces together, make it whole. This seems like the least technical step, but for workers, it takes the most works and attention.
Packaging is not only put the product into the packing box, but carefully inspect that no part was missing and put all the parts into packing box orderly.
(I hate that explanation without picture, but it was…lunch time.)
Almost the entire production process of a bracket is introduced above. Every step seems pretty easy but it works.
Besides the producing progress, I am I am attracted by the high-precision machines in the factory. The factory manager told me it’s CNC machine.
CNC machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. The process can be used to control a range of complex machinery.
Made in China is no longer a synonym for cheap and low-end. Labour-intensive factories have been slowly moving to countries in south-east Asia, such as Vietnam. With high-tech equipments and a reasonably organized production line, a 200-person Chinese factory can already have a high capacity.
It is precisely because we have such factories behind to provide the massive production , so we can boldly expansion of our business and brand.
Actually, our factory have already done the Amazon inspection. And here are some specific certifications we got.
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) is an industry-driven movement that aims to monitor and assess workplace standards across the global supply chain. BSCI implements the principle international labour standards protecting workers’ rights such as International Labor Organization conventions and declarations, the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and guidelines for multinational enterprises of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is the largest and best known independent, not-for-profit testing laboratory in the world. The laboratory provides a full spectrum of conformity and quality assessment services to manufacturers and other organizations. It also assists jurisdictional and provincial authorities, offers educational materials to consumers, and works to strengthen safety systems around the world.
The FCC Declaration of Conformity is a certification mark employed on electronic products manufactured or sold in the United States which certifies that the electromagnetic interference from the device is under limits approved by the Federal Communications Commission.