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Sandy Does a Tech Review of the Faraday FF91

Faraday FF91 zero gravity seats

Sandy Does a Tech Review of the Faraday FF91

In this episode, Sandy brings the viewers on a walkthrough of several systems in the Faraday FF91, including the dual rear motor system, immersion-cooled 2170 Cells, and the parallel IGBT Inverter.  Sandy gets technical and outlines why some of the decisions to make their systems the way they are were chosen and more importantly why they are good decisions.

Sandy the shows the viewers the interiors of the car and talks about it’s unique and luxurious design which Sandy is impressed by.  Sandy’s favorite aspects of the car though, are the zero gravity seats that allow you to work with ease and room and even fully recline in the back.

If you are interested in Faraday, this is a must-watch.  Click below to watch the episode:

2021 Tesla Model 3: E3 – Sandy Learns How to Close Frunk / Ride & Drive

Sandy VS Frunk on Tesla M3

2021 Tesla Model 3: E3 – Sandy Learns How to Close Frunk / Ride & Drive

In episode 3 of Munro’s analysis of the new Tesla Model 3, Sandy examines the “Frunk” as well as gives some preliminary perspective on the ride and drive experience.

So… you have the frunk vs. Sandy for a good couple of minutes without any satisfactory resolution.  This is one aspect of the Tesla 3 that Sandy absolutely hates.  It doesn’t lock closed consistently and this is purely an engineering flaw and not a manufacturing error, which are the kinds of failures that Sandy absolutely detests the most.  Problems like this shouldn’t exist because they should be eliminated in the design or redesign phase.  Although having the frunk is a great idea and use of space, not having a consistently locking cover is not only annoying but will maybe also lead to some weather damaging the items you place in that compartment.

Moving on though, once Sandy begins to drive the car, he is happy with the experience.  Even on a usually rough road, such as the industrial road that Munro & Associates is located on, the car gives a very comfortable experience.  Sandy goes on to remark about wind noise and the upgrade in the windows.  Sandy goes on to remark the smoothness of acceleration and the overall feel that reminds him of a racecar/luxury car.

At the end we get a little story about Mercury cars, but you will have to watch to find out.  Click below to watch:

 

The Bricklin 3EV – Malcolm Bricklin Interview Part 1

Sandy Munro and Malcom Bricklin Part 1

The Bricklin 3EV – Malcolm Bricklin Interview Part 1

Sandy Munro and Malcolm Bricklin go head to head and talk about the upcoming Visionary Vehicles product the Bricklin 3EV.

Malcolm talks about how he went from a car design, distilled it down to a bicycle, and then came back up to a three-wheeler.  This includes getting Dan Panoz to design a car that is esthetically beautiful like a Lamborghini yet safe and affordable.

From Visionary Vehicles business model, to safety, and production information – including that the car will be assembled by veterans, this is an episode that you do not want to miss.  Click here to watch the full video:

 

 

What’s Sandy Throwing Off the Roof and Why?

Sandy Munro Grill Dogs

What’s Sandy Throwing Off the Roof and Why?

“All right ramblers, let’s get ramblin!”  In this episode of Munro Live, Sandy starts things off with a crash and a bang by throwing things off the roof… “What did you say?”, yes that’s right – in this fun take off of Reservoir Dogs put together by Munro’s own Tylor Schlink, Sandy is throwing a customer’s products off the 30 foot roof of Munro & Associates.

Is Sandy “Mr. Green”, a heretofore unmentioned character in Quintin Tarantino’s classic?  Chicken Little is the sky falling? No.  But there is an interesting reason for this… you will have to watch the video to find out!

Click here to watch the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZTfZTedEhI&ab_channel=MunroLive

Also, unlike “Mr. Pink”, Sandy always tips and is still encouraging you to do the same to your cashiers for all their hard work during the pandemic.

Munro Selling Model Y Sample Reports for $5

Tesla Model Y Sample Report $5

Munro Selling Model Y Sample Reports for $5

What? $5 for a Munro report?  Well, not exactly… Munro sells the full Model Y Report for $89K.  Paying full price will get you as follows:

  • Vehicle and Zone Executive Summaries
  • Zone Eye-Catching Features
  • Zone Quick Cost Estimate Report
  • Zone Quick-Costed Bill of Material in PDF format
  • Weights and most materials and suppliers identified
  • Electrical Topology
  • Cooling Topology (full details available for purchase in separate Thermal Systems Report)
  • Vehicle Fit, Finish & Quality report (FFQ™)
  • Wind Tunnel Testing Results
  • Scans of the vehicle in .STL format

You can also purchase individual reports made for those only interested in specific vehicle areas.  The cost breakdown for those is as such:

  • Zone 1 Body and Chassis $32,000 USD
  • Zone 2 Controlling Electronics $38,000 USD
  • Zone 3 Interiors and Safety $30,000 USD
  • Zone 4 Powertrain and Battery Pack $45,000 USD
  • Electrical Topology $ 5,000 USD
  • Thermal Systems Report $15,000 USD

In addition to this you can also buy the Tesla Model 3 to Model Y Side-by-Side Report for $35,000 USD.

So what does the $5 report get you?  The purchaser will receive over 100 pages of the actual report, but the information will be augmented to hide the real data.  That being said there is a ton of great factual in formation in the sample report and as a student you get to see what a professional benchmarking report looks like.

For more information, Sandy put together this quick video explaining the sample reports:

Arcimoto Stock Still Has Plenty More to Climb

Arcimoto Stock Still Has Plenty More to Climb

Arcimoto Stock Still Has Plenty More to Climb

According to John Whitefoot at Profit Confidential, Arcimoto’s climb is only just beginning.  2020 saw Arcimotos stock climb from the mid $2 range to well over $7 and it’s not done yet.

The end of 2019 was very important for Arcimoto, marking their transition into their first retail production. But even despite the setbacks of the COVID Pandemic, Arcimoto only closed from March to May and still wound up having a first-quarter revenue of $616,795, compared to $2645 in the prior-year period.

Arcimoto has gone on to raise 26.5 million from institutional investors in the last few months which has bolstered their stock even more.

Munro and Associates were contracted to work on Arcimoto’s FUV during this time to improve its design and manufacturability which garnered the notice of the investors.  As the next phase of analysis is beginning with Munro, other investment banks seem to be paying close attention to the progress.

Arcimoto has been recently featured in a few Munro videos such as this quick overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8yV99P7Tx0

Other vlogger shows have also picked up this collaboration between Munro and Arcimoto, such as Galileo Russel’s Hyper Change where he flat out asks Arcimoto CEO, Mark Frohnmayer, how will Sandy Munro add value to Arcimoto?  Watch the clip here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZlSOAvAkgas

But for an analyst’s look at Arcimoto’s climb and potential future lies, read this informative article here:

Arcimoto Inc: Overlooked EV Stock Up 287% in 2020, Still Has Tremendous Upside

Want to know what kinds of technology Munro may be introducing to the Arcimoto?  Check out our Model Y report which showcases the leading EV technology.  This report has it in detail and no other car we have analyzed has this many technology leaps.  One of those leaps is the Octovalve and Thermal System which is such a unique technology that we created a separate report just on it.  Also, Munro has reports on 3 EV Inverters and a comparison of 10 of the leading EV motors and the Model 3.

If you are serious about competing in the new EV world, these reports are a must-have.  Don’t be left in the dust while your competitors reap the knowledge contained in these tomes.  Reports of this type don’t exist anywhere else in the market.  Contact sales@leandesign.com for more information.

Model Y Series: Episode 3 – Frunk Overview

Episode 3: Frunk Overview

Welcome to episode three of Munro’s Tesla Model Y Performance teardown, where Munro & Associates CEO Sandy Munro reviews the vehicle’s frunk (trunk in the front).

Sandy shares that the Model Y’s front opens the same way as the Model 3. When removing the cowl, he finds some interesting surprises. Check out this short clip for full details:

Interested in more? Check out episode four for Sandy’s impression of the cowl cover clip or visit www.MunroLive.com for full details about Munro’s Tesla Model Y discovery process. This site will offer regular insight from Sandy, interactive data and reports, and livestream from Munro’s headquarters.

“Choose to Solve Problems in the Design Phase” Update

This month, Munro & Associates and Lean Design Canada was honored with not one but 2 articles in the esteemed Medical Device and Diagnostics Industry Magazine.  Below is a quick excerpt from the article.

“With an ever expanding global market and certain internal forces such as a “benevolent” FDA peering down on the American entrepreneurial medical device industry, how can R&D and innovation be free to move the new market without strangling itself?  Unfortunately or fortunately, manufacturers from different manufacturing industries rarely talk or share technologies and manufacturing techniques. This enables the savvy company to borrow from dissimilar industries or practices to create game-changing evolutions that meet quality, manufacturing efficiency and innovation leaps effortlessly while also solving existing unanswered industry needs.”

For the full article, please visit MDDI Magazine online.

“Kaikaku: Manufacturing Re-imagined” Update

Just over a year ago Manufacturing Engineering Magazine published the article “Kaikaku: Manufacturing Re-imagined”, which turns out was one of the most widely read articles of 2012 and one of the most discussed.   Since this time I have fielded many questions and had several conversations on this article and the full Kaikaku process which is much too involved to get into here.  That being said, for those of you who missed it, below is a short excerpt from the original article with a link going to the original.  Also, in the months to come we will focus on more Kaikaku related topics.

“Unlike kaizen, which is continuous improvement/incremental minor change, Kaikaku means radical change or a great reform to the system. While both Kaizen and Kaikaku can be applied to production, Kaikaku goes beyond production to break the existing paradigm and create a breakthrough using a new system or model.

There are many ways to create change within a company.  TPS or lean manufacturing improvement on an incremental  basis tends to come from middle management choice, identifying traditional wastes (seven wastes) from the production system and encouraging the day-to-day regular amount of placeholder or quota change that companies may require from their “lean” leaders.

There is a fundamental limitation with this in a typical western company, however.  Most managers only feel comfortable meeting internal demands by removing low hanging fruit, which is generally accepted and does not require a larger cost. Fundamental change, or that which requires executive approval, could possibly land the manager in a compromising position (jeopardizing their job or ability to advance within the company). Therefore, Kaikaku has to be a “top down” change. In fact, just as Kaizen is fundamental to the Toyota Production System, Kaikaku is the fundamental concept to the little talked about (or understood) executive system used at Toyota.

One of the biggest struggles for many manufacturing companies is getting executives to truly understand the vital importance of not only how much manufacturing details and systems can change profitability, but moreover, how they can impede it.

This comes down to one of the basic principles discussed in the book “Good to Great.” As Jim Collins wrote, it is all about having “the right people on the bus.” And this is particularly true at the executive level as they tend to influence culture within the company the most.”

For the full downloadable .pdf of the article just follow the link here.