Adafruit Industries, Essential service and business: NYC – Executive Order 202.6 Capabilities and more #NewYorkTough #NewYorkStrong #adafruitchronicles @adafruit

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Adafruit is shipping COVID-19 related orders, other orders will shipped when possible. Here is how to place an order for COVID-19 related needs. We are sourcing and shipping PPE, please contact [email protected] for all inquires.

Adafruit is a 100% woman-owned, loan-free, VC-free. profitable, USA Manufacturing company. Please see our about page and press page to read about us. Our founder and lead engineer is Limor Fried, a MIT Electrical Engineer.

We have reduced some operations in NYC due to COVID-19, we are paying all team members, contractors, and more. There are no layoffs for the Adafruit team members.

Adafruit was deemed an essential service to distribute/make some PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) such as face shields, and manufacturer electronics for essential life-saving/preserving equipment and development which is needed in New York and beyond.

Adafruit Industries located at 150 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013 by Executive Order 202.6, “Essential Business” by New York State:

Adafruit provides the following services:

Medical equipment/instruments including:
Warehouse/distribution and fulfillment

Essential manufacturing including:

Essential health care operations including:
Medical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers

We are maintaining business operations to assist in providing these valuable services to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are logistics and supply chain experts, we can get almost anything from around the world to us for distribution and/or assembly. We can also perform many electronics repairs and rework thanks to our collection of components, inventory, and hand-work equipment. We ship about 30,000 orders a month and will be able to get urgently needed electronics and PPE to NYC government entities for crisis relief. In addition to these efforts, we began work on hardware and software that can be used for workforce recovery and disease prevention.

In day one after the NYC closures, and in the limited capacity for essential services we immediately were able to ship, same-day, within 2 hours for components / electronics for ventilator support in addition to electronics for ongoing medical device efforts. Adafruit has shipped Face Shields for NYC GOV, with more on the way after the materials arrive.

Listed below is Adafruit’s manufacturing equipment. We have the skills and workforce to help combat this crisis in any way we can be helpful. We have a dedicated email address to contact us [email protected] – please only contact us for urgent and specific needs at this time.

Adafruit is shipping COVID-19 related orders, other orders will shipped when possible. Here is how to place an order for COVID-19 related needs.

ASYS LSB-03 Board Loader – The board loader can be thought of as an automated staging area for printed circuit boards (PCB’s). Each board that we make at Adafruit is taken first from this machine and into the stencil printer where it receives solder paste.

Speedline MPM Momentum Elite Stencil Printer – This machine accurately deposits solder paste onto the relevant sites (“pads”) using two opposing metal blades that squeegee the paste through the necessary cut-outs of a stainless steel stencil positioned over the blank PCB.

Samsung SM-481 “Pick-and Place” – Pick and place machines (aka PnP’s) PICK individual SMT (surface mount) components up from “feeders” and then PLACE those components onto pre-programmed sites on the awaiting PCB. This particular pick-and-place has ten nozzles with which to pick and then place parts and is referred to as a “chip shooter” because of the speed with which it can place or “shoot” them onto the board.

Samsung SM-482 “Pick-and-Place” – Our second pick-and-place machine on our production line is very similar to the other machine aside from two key differences. Unlike the SM481, this machine has only 6 nozzles with which to pick and place parts. It also has a different computer vision system than our other machine. The reason for these differences is because this machine is used mainly to place larger components such as connectors, buttons, IC’s, and a variety of jacks. Due to these differences this machine is referred to as a “chip placer”.

Samsung WT200 LE Inspection Conveyor – Fully populated PCB’s exit the SM482 and slide along the tracks of the inspection conveyor. This machine is a handy tool that allows us to inspect each board before it goes into our oven for reflowing.

TSM A70-J82 Reflow Oven – Once a board has been inspected we send it into the oven to be reflowed -this is the process by which the electrical connections are made. The board is carried along a track as it travels through the oven’s 8 different heating chambers and final two cooling chambers. The speed with which it moves through the oven can be controlled via the attached computer screen. Boards appear as blue squares on the system’s screen once they are seen by the sensor at the mouth of the machine.

Nordson Select KISS-102 selective soldering machine – Hand soldering large batches of thru-hole components can be a time consuming task. In order to cut down on the amount of time needed to complete soldering operations we generally process boards through this machine which allows us to automate the soldering process with precision. Solder joints produced through this process are far more uniform in nature than when done by hand.

Onsite Gas N-30 PSA Nitrogen generator – Our selective solder machine uses nitrogen as a shielding gas to aid in the creation of high-quality solder joints. This machine uses a pressure swing adsorption system (PSA) to generate 99.999% pure nitrogen by separating nitrogen molecules from oxygen molecules. Science for the win!

Sharp’s SX™ Continuous Roll Bagging System – Our auto-bagger dramatically increases the rate at which we’re able to package products. This machine uses a blast of air to hold the bag open to receive the product, then automatically seals the bag closed and feeds a new one forward.

Epilog Mini 24 Laser – We love our Epilog laser. The raster and vector modes allow us some versatility in our patterning and at 60 watts we can cut through some surprisingly beefy material.  A machine as great for making kittable products as it is for prototyping.

3D Printer – Our 3D printing setup pairs nicely with our laser cutter. The design and construction of this machine provides added rigidity and stability to a process that is so reliant upon it for good prints. We very often design and print components completely in-house for our prototyping needs-from testers for products to 3D printed jigs for production and workholding.

Current 3D printers:

  • Ultimaker 2+
  • Ultimaker 2+ extended
  • Ultimaker 3 (2)
  • Ultimaker S5
  • Creality CR V2
  • Creality CR 10s Pro
  • Flashforge Inventor
  • Prusa MK2s
  • MakerBot Replicator 2

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  1. Way to go Adafruit!

  2. Proud of you guys. Keep up the good work.

  3. Vernon Brechin

    Thank you for your recent participation in the emergency program.

  4. Adafruit will save some lives, no doubt about it. It already enriches many lives of young to old.

  5. Good work. I generally order your boards and other items from Playzone here in Switzerland. I depend on the how-to and libraries you publish to get my projects up and running. Very happy to see your company thrive in NYC, my hometown.

  6. This is awesome! I was just thinking about this where companies such as Adafruit and Maker Labs could assist in supporting the efforts to supply medical equipment to those that need it. It gives one hope to see good folks such as yourselves stepping up and helping others.

    Please be safe.



  7. I logged on to say thank you that because Adafruit exists, my childhood dream of designing and building electronics ‘gadgets’ is realized. I am 71 years old and with COVID-19 floating around, staying completely isolated. Because of Adafruit, and only because of Adafruit, the core elements, products, and software that I could have never imagined as a kid are available. Seeing these clips of your operations adds to the enjoyment and pride.

    Thank you all for this and I want you to know that in the context of the current situation, you all have my best wishes in staying well and successful.

    All the best,

  8. Much <3 Adafruit!

  9. Just started using your products, information and IO. Thanks for all, am passing on the word. Now I’ve read about the company and business. Congratulations on modifying and helping now. Good luck and go good.

  10. Jon Fisher - KC3NKZ

    Way to go! Keep up the great work.

  11. You continue to amaze. You are a fine example of why this crisis will be overcome.

  12. Way to go!

    I’ve spent more time than I really should comparing items I can buy from Adafruit with apparently similar items I can buy directly from other sellers at a lower price, going as far as to purchase a few examples to compare in-hand. I’ve come to the conclusion that Adafruit’s products more than earn their price premium. Your response to the current pandemic emphatically confirms that conclusion.

  13. I am seeing so many companies who’s core business seems so far from essential using loopholes to stay open for “business as usual.“

    But yours is the first I’ve seen to focus on the greater good by looking at how to refocus your capabilities as a manufacturer and distributor to directly address the supply needs of the health care system.

    You’ve already shown your commitment to your employees and contractors. I hope this allows you to help them hang in for the long term as well.

  14. Robert Cloutier

    Congratulations on being certified as an essential service! I am so happy for you guys. By the way the picture of the both of you in the production line is very cute. I love your company.

  15. Welcome back!!! <3

  16. So grateful to know that Adafruit is now an essential business, offering PPE for those who require it on the front lines.

    Our knoxmakers group is banding together to 3d print, sew, etc. to help.

    Bright Blessings to all.

  17. Delighted to hear this – it is SO valuable to have electronics industry in the heart of the city. You never know when you might need them. Best of luck, Laura in Ireland

  18. I echo all the other comments about how cool you folks are.

    Is there a patreon or donation site where we could send a few bucks your way to help with your current operation expenses while you are retooled? I can’t donate a ton but I can donate something, and would prefer direct it to you guys since I feel like I know you via your web presence and products.

  19. Phil,
    I don’t know if you remember or not, but shaving isn’t a one-and-done kind of thing. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
    Stay sterile, my friend. Well, you know what I mean.


  20. From my first order back in 2013, I’ve always been pleased with your products and service.

    Over the years I came to realize you created a very special company. A company with compassion and social goals. Now your current effort has really stepped up your game. I’m not surprised because you have the type of company that would see a need and step up to meet it.

    Thanks and all the best in your effort.

  21. Y’all are awesome!

  22. Bradley Schwab

    Many will appreciate your efforts, and you have earned my business when the world gets back to some sort of normal.

  23. Wow! First time I saw all of your fabrication capabilities listed in one place. Very impressive.

    Stay safe!

  24. `Tnx for the tour. Sent the page to my granddaughter as she has two young girls in STEM.
    de NL7X

  25. I’m a hobbyist at best, but I really love this company; it’s ethical model, creativity, and independence from big corporations. THANK YOU for what you are doing to help out in our nations time of need. When things go back to normal, you have a customer for life.

  26. Bravo! Y’all rock. Assuring your employees of continuing employment shows just how great you are!

  27. Thank you to the Adafruit team always producing the very best integration of technology and parts and making it accessible to every layer of people

    Stay safe and I’m sure your products will be first rate while you retool to handle this situation

    May God bless your efforts to ease the pain of COVID-19

  28. I order lots of items from Adafruit for both work and personal projects.
    It is very impressive that Adafruit is assisting in combating this COVID19 problem. Thank you Adafruit.

    From Alabama
    Jeff Quick

  29. Hello. Was wondering if anyone is making ventilator pump:

    Trying to find if it got approved for emergency use.
    Can start making them. I know NY is in desperate need of ventilators and they just got a bunch of the bag ventilators and are planning to get thousands of people to manually pump the bags 24/7…. !!!

    I belong to a shop that can make these.
    If anyone has information please contact me.

  30. Awesome. Way to step up to the challenge! Go Adafruit!

  31. as always Adafruit provides what the world needs. Thanks for always being helpful, thoughtful and proving that you can thrive that way in a modern world

  32. Happy to have such a great local company working in a crucially important area – both to provide access to knowledge and supplies to people that are learning, as well as to providing access and info to people that are making a difference with Covid. Indeed, both of these zones overlap and your company is the perfect facilitator! Kudos!

  33. Thanks for helping get us all through this crisis.
    I look forward to your continued guidance through the tech world, when we normalize again.

    Stay safe and healthy.

  34. Thank you for being such a fantastic company with outstanding people! There’s a reason that I tell everyone about your company and it’s for more than just the really cool stuff you produce. Thank you for being who you are and doing what you do!

  35. Martin Buehring

    Hi Limor and friends,
    Such a great company! I am a big fan and customer. Your stuff rocks. I have used it in a number of my personal projects.
    I know it is good stuff because I am an engineer and have designed systems and IC’s for many years, and am now part of Siemens. You all do a great job.

    I wish you all the best and success. Please get through this pandemic safely!

    Best wishes,

  36. Neil Bartlett

    Best of success. Stay safe.

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