February 11, 2022 23 Comments

 

 

Come and see how your favorite belts are made!  In this video, our engineers Amol and Jacob show the increasing importance of robots in GRIP6 Belts.

Robots have helped us automate and perfect the quality of our buckles. But robots are really only as good as the engineer who codes and develops the robot.  Not only have our robots saved us significant space and time but robots have also opened up a world of creative possibilities for different designs.

Thanks and congratulations to Robert R. for your question, which is answered in the video (so watch to see)!

We enjoy reading everyone's comments and questions, so thank you for sending those in and keep them up!  We look forward to making more of these videos and sharing this journey together with you.

'Till the next episode!

-GRIP6


23 Responses

Nathaniel Ramirez
Nathaniel Ramirez

February 25, 2022

What is the process of getting new ideas for product?

Andrew V
Andrew V

February 21, 2022

Question/Answer for next video: Please share a failure and how you rectified it? Interested in learning about your path to success. Thanks. Your fellow GRIP6 fan

Scott Burrall
Scott Burrall

February 21, 2022

Just got my first Grip6 belts this XMas and absolutely will never buy another belt. Happy to see the American made quality in which you build your product. Would love to see how the wallets are made and where the RIFD is placed in construction of them.

Adam Altman
Adam Altman

February 17, 2022

I love the videos. The complexity of the manufacturing and quality process is often underappreciated. Thanks for showing it to us. Looking forward to the next fortnightly installment.

I am curious. Have you delved into the color preferences and color trending patterns of your products? Are there any clear winners by gender, region, or other demographic?

Mark Cannon
Mark Cannon

February 17, 2022

Love the videos! My questions is a repeat. I applaud your decisions to source and manufacture in the USA. Have these decisions helped or hurt with the"supply chain issues" that we have seen around the country/world?

Chris Cavallucci
Chris Cavallucci

February 15, 2022

Thanks for the view into robotics in your manufacturing. Great versatility. How have robotics helped you pursue your sustainability goals?

Harold Balde
Harold Balde

February 15, 2022

I saw how the plastic end is stress tested, Is the belt itself also stress tested. Reason I ask is that I have noticed over time the belt gets a little longer. So I m guessing ordering one in a size slightly below might be a good idea on my second purchase.

Celia R
Celia R

February 15, 2022

Hi. So glad to see products still made in the US and continuously growing and improving!
These belts are in my wishlist for me, my husband and my relatives in the Philippines.
Don’t know if this has been asked before but I’d like to know if all the buckles are scratch-free and are the coatings don’t chip, peel or discolor due to wear and tear?
Do you have some elegant designs that will surely match ladies dressy pants and dresses… if not, are there any plans?

I’d very much appreciate a reply via email🙂.

Thanks and more power!!! God bless America.

Best,
Celia R.

Nathaniel Walter
Nathaniel Walter

February 15, 2022

What do you consider your biggest challenges with competing with those businesses who only import their products from over seas?

David
David

February 15, 2022

Where do the design ideas come from? Are they stored somewhere for potential futur use if not selected for immediate production? Do any ideas get to prototype and then turned down?

Jennifer Reimer
Jennifer Reimer

February 14, 2022

I assume color is added after the chamfing process. Are there certain colors that were tried at the beginning and didn’t work out?

Ronnie Oh
Ronnie Oh

February 14, 2022

It is always so cool to watch robots doing all these detailed machining tasks previously done by humans. Thank you Jacob and Amol for showing us the types of operations involved in the manufacture of the famous Grip6 buckles! I have worked with metalworking lathes back in the day and then CNCs and now fully autonomous robots and the this progression will, hopefully one day, free us from having to handle such arduous and sometimes dangerous operations.

Eric Eyler
Eric Eyler

February 14, 2022

Gerald Wiebe, GRIP6 made a custom buckle for me. Just submit a photo of what you’d like etched on a buckle. Turnaround time is awesome

Sean Firmston
Sean Firmston

February 14, 2022

Kia Ora Koutou, greetings from down under in New Zealand. Looks like you’ve opened up some great options for customization. I’m wondering who actually who actually put forward the designs you offer to everyone at present and how do you go about deciding on new designs?

tom phillips
tom phillips

February 14, 2022

Love the videos (and that grip 6 hoodie). Now that you have delved into the world of textiles with your socks, what’s next? I’d love to see an American made fitted hat!

Ronan
Ronan

February 14, 2022

Super cool video, thanks for sharing this behind-the-scenes look at the manufacture (and testing!) of your belts! This is maybe not a question that can be answered in an In The Works episode, but have you thought about doing collaborations for special edition belts? Dr. Squatch and their Star Wars™ collection of soaps could be an inspiration for custom belt buckles.

John Duvall
John Duvall

February 14, 2022

I noticed that we didn’t see any carbon fiber buckles in this video and I’m wondering how the overall manufacturing process differs for those. A segment on how those are made would be interesting.

ALLEN J ROBISON
ALLEN J ROBISON

February 14, 2022

Are you going to bring back the “Mt. Whitney” buckle? Please let me know if you do.

Timothy Kennelly
Timothy Kennelly

February 14, 2022

Interesting video, thank you. I have noticed some of the belt buckles set off the TSA walk through detectors, and some don’t even though they all look and feel like metal. Any chance in explaining that, and perhaps a notation on which buckles are TSA stealthed, and which are not?

Nigel Jahn
Nigel Jahn

February 14, 2022

Does Grip6 do its own injection molding in house? Do you make and maintain your own tools for that?

GERALD WIEBE
GERALD WIEBE

February 11, 2022

Thank You for the video about the robot used in your production. It makes one appreciate what all goes into a GRIP 6 belt.

Do you foresee a time when you might offer custom buckles, machined to a design submitted by customers? Clearly this would require a certain volume production run.

Regards, Gerald Wiebe

RC Andrews
RC Andrews

February 11, 2022

I wonder if you sped up the robots, you might be able to keep more buckles in stock?

John Schettler
John Schettler

February 11, 2022

As a software engineer and product manager, it can be tricky to work out what feature to build next. What is your guy’s development cycle? How do you track and prioritize new product ideas and suggestions?

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