Anna's Manufacturing Update #6

Hey wonderful, beautiful, lovely Lioness pride!

As promised, I’m here to give you the low down on our sensors and what the delay is all about. Let’s start with a brief recap...

So what the heck happened with the sensors?

We recently came back from our factory in China with a handful of fully functioning, manufactured Lioness vibrators. We handed those out to testers and realized the sensors weren’t reading as sensitively as we wanted for some of the users. When the sensors don’t read as sensitively, we aren’t able to pull as accurate data from your session to give you reliable insights. 

An example of a force sensor not reading sensitively enough :(

An example of a force sensor not reading sensitively enough :(

What does that mean for me?

After a lot of discussion within the team, we made the difficult decision the press the pause button on our production and delay shipments until February. We started this company with the mission that we would help ALL women and that we would always only put out work that we’re 1000% proud of. So, the fact that our current sensor application wasn’t working for some women wasn’t good enough for us. We want to always stand by the quality of our work.

So what are you doing now?

In the best way possible: a freaking lot! I am in 100% “all hands on deck” mode to mitigate this issue and get us back on track to shipping. In order to do that, I’m whipping out everything I’ve got. I am currently in the process of setting up a 2 factor 3 variable full factorial design of experiments (DOE).

This is the most exciting photo I could find about DOE. Sorry about it. Photo Cred: Sartorius

This is the most exciting photo I could find about DOE. Sorry about it. Photo Cred: Sartorius

A DOE? A deer? A female deer?

Rain, a drop of golden sunnnnnnnn. Nope. A DOE is a systematic method to find cause-and-effect relationships in order to optimize an output. In our case, we are testing different types of changes relating to the sensor: electrical, mechanical design, and material and what the cause-and-effect relationships are in order to find the correct formula to making our sensor more sensitive to vaginal readings.  The thing about DOEs is that it pretty much follows Pareto’s 80/20 principal. Setting up & defining the DOE is 80% of the work and actually conducting and analyzing the experiments is 20%. It’s important to set DOEs up properly so we see a true cause-and-effect relationship without any uncontrollable variables we don’t anticipate. That’s what we’re doing now. I’m making sure I don’t cut any corners with the set-up process of the DOE so that we can knock this out of the park without any new surprises.

Now I have to go rewatch this movie again with a tub of ice cream. Photo Cred: Cornel1801

Now I have to go rewatch this movie again with a tub of ice cream. Photo Cred: Cornel1801

I see, so nothing to do with The Sound of Music! So how are you feeling about everything?

As disappointing as the delay is, we have to keep looking forward and conquer this beast. In that sense, I feel pretty great because I have very high confidence we are on the right track to resolve this issue. We are currently working with world-class experts in the force sensor field who is helping us build a test fixture to perform our DOE on...and I’m pretty damn excited about nerding out with them on Six Sigma practices & statistics.

Wow! I love these manufacturing updates. Will you keep posting?

Duh. Anything for our Lioness Pride.  Thanks so much everyone for all your love and support this far. It’s truly my daily fuel. :)


Love/Anna