At the Canton Fair exhibition X-ONE company representatives performed the real show. Guys beated the smartphones on the tables with all might and drove nails with them. So was a demonstration of protective glasses which are able to withstand the most extreme loads. We decided to visit X-ONE factory in Guangzhou after the exhibition to see the whole production process with our own eyes and communicate with the company management.
Accessories of premium quality are produced under the X-ONE brand name: protective screens, cases, charging cables, etc. These products can be met in electronics stores of Europe and Asia.
As it turned out, the production of protective glasses for smartphones is compact and doesn’t require a large number of employees. About 30 people in all work at this factory, most of the work is done by automated units. Basically, people supervise quality control and packaging of products.
The secret of high strength of X-ONE screens is hidden in the tape, which is supplied in rolls from Japan. Such raw materials are much more expensive than Chinese, but it also significantly exceeds in its properties. The company’s management sets a high value of its image and doesn’t seek short-term super-profit, which is confirmed by the history of the brand, founded in 2010.
Production of protective glasses for cheap and old models of smartphones is carried out with the help of a matrix and a special press. This technology is considered to be outdated, but it outstrips laser machines with its speed. For example, a computer-controlled laser can produce about 20.000 copies per day, and a classic press – more than 100 thousand.
The facility where the press is installed, is crowded with shelvings on the racks of which there are thousands of different matrices. It’s difficult to imagine how many smartphones passed through the hands of the engineers of the X-ONE company.
It takes no more than two weeks since the release of the new device at the market till the production of the protective glass for it. So much time is required for the preparation of the matrix and the organization of testing.
Modern machines with precise laser cutting are installed next to the press. In this particular case, the classical matrix is replaced by a computerized program.
The quality of products and accuracy of all lines is monitored by a video camera. The employee only needs to take finished products and prepare a new sheet of tape.
Special attention is paid to the quality control of products, which is carried out exclusively by hand. Employees who examine visually each protective glass for defects sit in a special area. In case of any problem, the entire batch is examined again.
After a visual inspection of the glass, they’re loaded again into a special machine, where they’re marked. This is the last production process, then the products are sent to the packaging in X-ONE branded boxes.
The design of the boxes may vary depending on the sales market. However, the products are sold exclusively under its own brand — no contracts for unnamed OEM-supplies.
The production process may seem very simple: cut, examined, packed and done! But we now have seen only the final stage of a large production chain. Development of a matrix for the protective glass printing and the samples’ testing take much time. Accessories and ultra-high strength tape are supplied from other factories, including factories, located in Japan.
The official website of the X-ONE company — http://www.x-one.cn