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I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: Dan(NM)
Date: December 07, 2017 04:41PM
I just saw this on a Facebook page a few minutes ago, so, take it with a grain of salt!!

4 hrs · Connahs Quay, United Kingdom

"We would like to inform everyone that the serial production of Equinox 600 and Equinox 800 detectors has just begun. First detectors should be shipped from Australia to Europe at the end of next week. Unfortunately we do not know the numbers we get (we have several orders running there). It is likely that we will only receive relatively small numbers in December, and larger numbers will only come in January. The detectors we receive in December will be consistently sent according to how pre-orders arrived."

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Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: December 07, 2017 04:45PM
Makes zero sense. fake news, considering that minelab has no manufacturing left in australia. Everything moved to Malaysia about 7 or 8 years ago

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Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: pan4au
Date: December 07, 2017 04:51PM
If that is the case... it shouldn't be too long before we get some actual reviews



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Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: lse450cc
Date: December 09, 2017 02:21PM
The software is loaded onto the equinox in Australia .They don’t make the machine there . they load the software.

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Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: December 09, 2017 02:27PM
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The software is loaded onto the equinox in Australia .They don’t make the machine there . they load the software.

That is the most ridiculous thing I have heard. Can you cite where this info comes from?

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Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: lytle78
Date: December 09, 2017 02:47PM
Not surprising - no point letting a 3rd party get hold of the software.



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Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: December 09, 2017 04:14PM
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lytle78
Not surprising - no point letting a 3rd party get hold of the software.

Think about from the cost standpoint. Do you think a company is going to pay to have thousands of pieces made, then pay to transport to to another country, pay to transport to a facility and pay a whole new group of people (plus building overhead costs) to load software, then pay to move them all back to a transport hub, then finally pay to transport them to the destination distributor. That is a LOT of extra money to spend which means a lot less income per item.

Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: BigTony
Date: December 09, 2017 05:02PM
Minelab is not the company name - it’s something like Corado - they make plenty of electronics for governments and consumer. The information is listed on the web site at the bottom, just click on the link to find out about the company.
In my opinion that is smart to not give away the store, there are plenty of knock offs



BigTony

Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: TomNH
Date: December 09, 2017 06:27PM
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Jason in Enid
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lytle78
Not surprising - no point letting a 3rd party get hold of the software.

Think about from the cost standpoint. Do you think a company is going to pay to have thousands of pieces made, then pay to transport to to another country, pay to transport to a facility and pay a whole new group of people (plus building overhead costs) to load software, then pay to move them all back to a transport hub, then finally pay to transport them to the destination distributor. That is a LOT of extra money to spend which means a lot less income per item.
Its very possible only the PCB's are assembled in Malasia. This saves ML setting up a line of machines to put together heavily SMD boards.
That would be a looser since ML cant keep that stuff running 24-7 due to the very small runs.
Final assy & software may happen in Australia then sent out to distributors.

Good example was Sears TV's in the '80's . In most cases Sanyo built the chassis in Japan & sent them to the old Warwick Electronics
cabinet plant ( Arkansas IIRC) . Cabinets were built & stuffed with the Sanyo chassis & a Sylvania CRT. Then off to Sears stores.
It worked well, in fact, they were the best sets sears ever sold under there own name. They also ran abt $100 less than the big guys ( RCA, Zenith etc).

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Tom
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Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: December 09, 2017 07:34PM
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Its very possible only the PCB's are assembled in Malasia.


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Tom
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Hmmm, you could have a point there. Since Codan bought Minelab and moved manufacturing they have said nothing of any place other than Malysia, but I don't remember them saying anything like "100% built and assembled in Malaysia". PCBs take up very little room and weight and they could ship a large amount cheaply.

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Re: I don't know for sure if this is true or not, maybe "fake news"
Posted by: Rick(ND)
Date: December 10, 2017 12:38AM
When Minelab first switch from Ireland to Malaysia for assembly many didnt like this idea, so if I remember right there was a article that said the part like the circuit board were going to be made in the Australia and the USA and then assembled in Malaysia under some of Minelab supervisors . So I felt that the detector were only assembled in Malaysia, but the part were all made here in the USA and Australia, does anyone else remember that article??


Rick

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