Hey guys. Will, Supply Chain/Production Manager from the Spark team here.
@akrusen @kareem613 thanks for the feedback. As far as the fingerprints go, it’s something that we’ve raised with the production team at our contract manufacturer a couple of times. We certainly have a cleaning step included in the manufacturing process–it takes place before testing so that flux and other contaminants that might interfere with the testing process can be cleaned away in advance.
However, if Cores need to be retested because they tested out as defective, or need to endure additional handling before being sent to packaging, there are increased opportunities for fingerprints, smudges, etc. The CC3000 is also a fingerprint magnet.
I’ll raise it again with our factory and check out the line during this upcoming run to see if there are ways we can improve. Functionally perfect is always our first priority, but I definitely hear your feedback–it’s been on my mind recently as well.