Member Since: December 8, 2010

Country: United States

  • Has Sparkfun had commissioning done one their building? Specifically, electrical system commissioning? The way the demand is calculated you can be paying thousands of dollars in what is essentially a “fine” if most of your equipment turns on at the same time say 7 am. If you can adjust the schedule of some equipment, (pumps, fans, motors, etc) in 15 minute increments (I’d stretch that a bit though) you can take a huge dent out of your demand payments. It’s the peaks that are what costs so much. Will you be saving energy, typically No, unless you adjust personnel time also. Will you be saving money, yes. Send me a message if you’d like to chat more about this, the company I work for does energy analysis for issues like this.

  • Feel like your model plan is inadequate and you just can’t get it up anymore? Stop over at, we’ll help you build something amazing.

  • We have additional engineers if anyone needs a “stable” platform to solder on.

  • Due to increase in sales volume, we’ll all be working over time and taking turns sharing this bed with the Sparkfun Dog.

  • I’ll just fix this for you.

    But I could buy 100 hot plates at $30 a piece before coming close to the price and performance of a traditional reflow oven.

  • I’m sure they worked to send out your order as soon as possible. Sparkfun started more as a hobby in a basement in 2003 and slowly grew to having (I’m guessing) 150+ employees since then. They are not a huge company like Amazon with over $60 billion in annual sales, over 100,000 employees, shipping warehouses in every other state and robots to grab products off of shelves to drop them onto convey belts to ship the same day. They are, in all orders, a small business. They don’t have to run sales, free shipping, or give out coupons, (let alone the much missed Free Days). If you felt they were to slow at processing your order, they would likely be very glad for you to give them a hand next year on the days following Cyber Monday (if they wish to participate) or any other “promotional day. They might even give you some free swag for helping out, no shipping required.

  • +1 for Normal Stock, other sizes would also be nice.

  • Got it, I remembered Rob mentioning the Flash sale items. I was thinking that was the 20% off items in the time slots. Memory was jogged seeing the top banner.

  • Ah, I see the MT I missed. The products from any time slot still list with the discount when added to my cart however. Still curious whether it will go through, out of time slot, if I purchase.

  • What time zone are the above deals in, I would assume that it is mountain time. Does it not even matter, as any product I select from any time above lists the 20% off discount in my cart?

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