Cleanliness is next to unleakiness
If you’re looking for top quality, bombproof SUP without any airbubbles or imperfections, a clean factory is a good place to start.
The video at the bottom of this post was taken today of our McConks boards in production by our quality assessor.
Things to notice:
- The floor is lined. This lining is replaced regularly – the lining is ripped up, the floor is swept and vacuumed under the lining, and then the lining replaced with new material and taped down. Any dust that remains is locked out of the working environment under the lining. Whilst this might seem like a waste of material, it’s better than lots of iSUP boards needing to be disposed of because they have dust or other impurities in the glue, and hence have leaky rails!
- Every workstation is meticulously clean. No random bits of tape or paper that can get caught up in the manufacturing process and cause board failures.
- A large stack of inflated boards. The fins are glued on when the boards are inflated, so it’s not unusual to see lots of inflated boards in factories, However, in our factory, the boards are left inflated to 15PSI for 72 hours, after which they are pressure tested. In the very unlikely situation that the boards have microscopic leaks, the boards do not get sold.