TASR » Topics » Manufacturing

This excerpt taken from the TASR 10-K filed Mar 16, 2006.
We conduct manufacturing and final assembly operations at our headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona and we own substantially all of the equipment required to manufacture and assemble our finished products, as well as all molds, schematics, and prototypes utilized by our vendors in the production of required raw materials and sub-assemblies. With our current work force, working only one shift, we are able to produce approximately 80,000 cartridges per month, and more than 7,500 TASER devices per month. We can expand our production capabilities by adding additional personnel and incorporating additional shifts with negligible new investment in tooling and equipment.
In 2004, we implemented our first automated production line to increase the throughput of the cartridge assemblies. We augmented this by adding our first semi-robotic line in late 2005 for our X26 High Voltage subassembly process. We intend to continue automating labor intensive functions in our production process as well as look to automation equipment for new product lines being introduced in the future.
We currently purchase finished circuit boards and injection-molded plastic components from suppliers located in the United States. Although we currently obtain plastic components from a single supplier, we own the injection molded component tooling used in their production. As a result, we believe we could obtain alternative suppliers without incurring significant production delays. We also purchase small, machined parts from a vendor overseas, custom cartridge assemblies from a proprietary vendor in the United States, and electronic components from a variety of foreign and domestic distributors. We believe there are readily available alternative suppliers in most cases who can consistently meet our needs for these components. We acquire most of our components on a purchase order basis and do not have long-term contracts with suppliers. We believe that our relations with our suppliers are good.
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