Inside Meyer Sound’s new Phoebe facility.Berkeley, CA (January 18, 2007)–Since Meyer Sound was founded in 1979, the company has grown–and so has its need for space. As a result, today, Meyer’s main office is surrounded by several production buildings with astronomy-themed names–Saturn, Mars and Luna. Now there’s a new facility in the Meyer Sound Solar System: Phoebe, which came online in late 2006.
Named for a small moon of Saturn, Phoebe is largely an expansion of the Saturn transducer facility. Phoebe supplements Meyer’s existing driver production capabilities and adds new ones; parts of the driver manufacturing process are being revamped as they are implemented at Phoebe in an effort increase efficiency and consistency, while continuing to meet or exceed current driver specifications.
Inside Meyer Sound’s new Phoebe facility.Phoebe now houses the company’s reliability testing area, where rows of thick concrete chambers allow for extensive accelerated life testing of products, ensuring that they can stand up to daily use. Each chamber is equipped with an identical test setup, in order to provide consistency in the test environment: a driver measurement will produce the exact same data regardless of which chamber is used. Engineering R&D also maintains two large chambers in the room for testing development prototypes.
Low-frequency driver and magnetic assemblies from subassemblies and components made at Saturn are being performed in one room of Phoebe, while low driver final QA (Quality Assurance) testing is conducted in an adjacent area. Newly designed test rigs have already increased capacity. Both testing areas (final QA and reliability) are under the control of the company’s QA department, which assumed from production responsibility for all testing as part of the changes implemented in the move to Phoebe.
Inside Meyer Sound’s new Phoebe facility.Phoebe will continue to come online throughout 2007 and the company expects it will become a key stop on its factory tours, which go through production areas, providing a demonstration of the detail and testing enacted at Meyer Sound. Drivers are built in the Saturn transducer fabrication plant, systems are assembled in the Mars facility, a new engineering lab is in Luna, and other buildings house the service department and electronics assembly. Main offices remain in the original building, now known as Earth.