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Notes from my journey to Beijing & visiting Canaan Creative in March 10-15, 2018

Me posing at the SMT factory visit.   (c) Lily Han

1) Chapter One – The Beginning
2) Chapter Two – Thoughts about miner troubleshooting and repair
3) Chapter Three – Some quick planning
4) Chapter Four – Visiting the SMT factory
5) Chapter Five – The assembly line and training
6) Chapter Six – Time to say farewell

Date published: March 20, 2018.

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1) Chapter One – The Beginning

So, this all started after I did the review for the AvalonMiner 821.

Steven Mosher, the Head of Sales & Marketing at Canaan Creative,
said that he was really impressed with the A841 review and user guide.

He asked if I have ever been in China. I said 'no I have not', and
he then responded by inviting me to visit Canaan Creative in Beijing, China
with my expenses covered by them.
This was an very exciting offer and I was really happy to accept his invitation
as I had space in my calendar during my fourth and last year studying in the university of applied sciences.

I travelled to Beijing in March 10 and travelled back home in March 15.

The main goals during this visit was to improve the documentation and for me to learn thoroughly how to troubleshoot and repair AvalonMiners.

The documentation would include unpacking, setting up, running the miner, tear down, troubleshooting and repair guide.


Finnair Airbus A350-900 jet airliner.

2) Chapter Two – Thoughts about miner troubleshooting and repair

Most of the miner issues are easy to fix yourself, if you have good instructions.

Canaan would prefer sending a spare part in case of a hardware issue,
instead of customer sending the faulty miner back for repair service.

Sending spare parts and replacing the faulty part by yourself also saves the
customer's money since there will be a shorter down time.

The training for me to learn repair methods and troubleshooting
had a goal for me becoming the first certified Avalon technician outside
the Canaan Creative company. The basic idea is to train technicians,
who will then pass on the knowledge by teaching other people interested and
this way share the knowledge forward. So after I know how to do it,
I could teach other people how to do it and also offer consultation services for those who need it.

I think growing a network of people with knowledge how to repair the miner
is actually quite refreshing idea, instead of sending the machine to a repair location and having a long down time.

In my opinion owning a miner means that you should get some knowledge on how to use it and also how to maintain it.


Ongoing disassembly for an AvalonMiner 821 unit.

3) Chapter Three – Some quick planning

We started by meeting with Steven in the hotel lobby and planning out the schedule for the visit.

In the next day it was time to go and visit the Canaan office,
where we went through the details with Steven Mosher and Lily Han,
who both work in the global sales team.

The idea was to create same kind of documentation as I did with the A821 review,
but improve it and also add chapters for troubleshooting and repair.

The troubleshooting guide was planned to do with first presenting the problem
and after that presenting the possible solution for this problem.

Repair guide was planned to begin with a thorough tear down,
which shows the user how to do a full disassemble for the miner.

This helps the user on how to change a faulty part to fix the miner.

So in case the user needs to change a cooling fan or a hash board,
he knows how to go through the disassembling and assembling the miner.

With AvalonMiner all this can be done by using one Phillips head screwdriver.


AvalonMiner 841 engineering sample unit.

4) Chapter Four – Visiting the SMT factory

We also discussed about the idea to train certified technicians to share the knowledge forward.

I was invited as a test subject so to speak, and based on the experience
the training would be improved and extended to involve more people.

I was free to document my visit and also write a report card to critizize my visit pros and cons to improve next sessions.

We talked about localizing the knowledge by inviting people from different areas, say like the US, Europe, Russia and so on.

Steven was thinking out loud about inviting Philipma1957 as the US representative if he is interested
and also few other guys from different regions for the next training session which was also planned to be held in Beijing.

The idea was also in this way to gather feedback from customer representatives
directly to the engineering team in case they have some ideas to further improve
both hardware and/or software based on their AvalonMiner usage experiences.

After these discussions, Steven needed to go for a meeting and we continued the visit with Lily.
It was planned that I do two factory visits with him to look how the AvalonMiners
are manufactured and tested from the very beginning to the finished product.

First we went to see the SMT (Surface mount technology) factory, where the AvalonMiner PCB boards were made.

Both A821 and A841 boards were made at the facility, but the main focus in the production was the A841 boards.
The A841 uses the same ASIC chip as the A821 did (A3210 chip), but the design is improved
and for example the power efficiency is better than with the A821.

I was really impressed to see these manufacturing methods as this was my first time visiting a SMT factory.


Panasonic SMT machine working.   (c) Lily Han



Ongoing PMU board testing.


Lots of AvalonMiner 8 series PMU boards.


AvalonMiner 821 hash boards.


AvalonMiner 841 hash boards.


Inside a machine.

5) Chapter Five – The assembly line and training

The day after that we did a second visit to another factory, where the assembly was done.

There we could see how the PCB boards, heatsinks, steel tube casing,
fan etc. comes together resulting in a finished product.

This was also the same location where we started our training to learn thoroughly
how to troubleshoot miner issues and how to fix those issues.


AvalonMiner assembly line.


AvalonMiner assembly line.


Fresh batch of AvalonMiner 841 units going to the burn-in test room.


AvalonMiner 841 technical specs label.


Finished and tested pallets of AvalonMiner units ready to be labeled, packed and then shipped.

We started the training by having a look at a fully working A821 unit.

The second miner was a faulty A821 unit.
This one had one faulty PMU board (the left one).
We noticed quite easily by looking at the Cgminer API log.

To see if a PMU board if faulty, you want to look at the Vi (voltage in) and Vo (voltage out) values.
If you see an odd value, like zero for the Vi or Vo, you have a faulty PMU board.
We disassembled the control board (MM board) and then the PMU board.
Then we had a new PMU board and we assembled it all back together.

The third A821 unit we tested had one hash board damaged.
This hash board had one ASIC chip overheating at around 114 Celsius temperature.
We recognized which hash board it was by looking at the Cgminer API log.
In the log we can see chip temperatures for each hash board.
After we knew which hash board it was, we disassembled and removed the bad hash board.
And then we had a new hash board, silicon grease and assembled it all back together.

We stayed at a hotel nearby, and continued this training in the following day.
In the second day at the assembly factory we went to the burn-in test room,
where the finished miners are tested thoroughly before they are packed and sold forward.

Lily had set us a good practice setup.
There was a setup of twenty AvalonMiner 821 miners, and five of them had somekind of an issue.
There was me and four Korean gentlemen, and we each had one miner to fix.

My unit kept overheating and restarting over and over again.
I looked at the Cgminer API log and noticed that temperature values didn't make any sense
with three hash board, as the log said that some of the chip temperatures were in the -40 Celsius area.


PMU board replacement.

So that got me thinking, that most likely there aren't three faulty hash boards,
but instead the control board (MM board) might be faulty.
And that is why I first replaced the control board.
After the control board was replaced, I tested the miner.
Now the control board issue was fixed, but there was one hash board with one ASIC chip overheating.
Each hash board has own number and it makes it easy to recognize which of the four hash boards is the faulty one.
So it was time to change a new hash board.
Unfortunately we had such a tight schedule and I couldn't test the miner

I was also able to have a look at one AvalonMiner 761 unit, as the Koreans had some amount of PSU issues
and so they brought one unit with them. The A761 has a built-in power supply unit and
it was only sold in mainland China and South Korea.
Lily mentioned that it is a test product for future AvalonMiner development.


AvalonMiner 761 with the steel case top is removed.

6) Chapter Six – Time to say farewell

After the training we went back to the office.

We had some discussions and I started working on my notes for the documentation.

From the very beginning it was planned that the documentation wouldn't be needed
to get finished during my visit in Beijing and I would finish it when I get back home in Finland.

I was given one A841 unit to help making the review and other documentation,
and then it was time to say farewell, as my plane would leave Beijing early in the following day, March 15.

When I started mining back in 2014, I never thought that I could get to see and visit like this.
I'm so thankful for Canaan Creative being interested to have me visit them and it has been great working together with them so far.

I think the documentation and other work we started here will benefit both Canaan and the miner community.

The fault rate for AvalonMiner hardware is quite low already and
there should be less need in future to send faulty machines to repair service,
when the user can fix it themself with a new spare part Canaan sends
after you have troubleshoot which part it is that you need to replace.

It takes far less time if only sending a new spare part to the user is needed.

I would like to thank Steven Mosher, Lily Han, Mr. Xiangfu Liu and rest of the Canaan team for this great visit!


Beijing Capital International Airport.

If you any questions, feel free to drop them in this thread.  Smiley

I will continue my work on the documentation and try to get the A841 review/guide ready as soon as possible.

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March 20, 2018, 08:52:26 PM
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Question 1.

Little question, is the 761 test model essentially just a 741 but with a PSU attached to it, similar to the 841? I wasn't able to find much information on it. I love your review style, especially this small documentary of your visit to Canaan. It's not often you get to see how miners are made, especially with most manufacturers being extremely closed-off.

I didn't do a full scale disassembly for the A761 unit, but my understanding is that the control board,
PMU board, hash board design etc. is similar to the A741, but there are more A3212 chips in the A761
and it has a built-in power supply unit with thick wires connected directly from the PSU to the PMU boards.
And steel tube case design is ofc different compared to the A741.

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I am glad to see the trip worked well for you.

My partner buysolar will be making the trip for training.

Both of us will be doing USA support  if all works out.

I look forward to this trip that  Sky (buysolar)  takes and look forward to a new step into the cryptoworld as a support rep/trainer for Canaan.

Buysolar is due to do trip in early April  and I will also be posting here  with his impressions.

I am hoping Steve  would send us  some spare parts  to cover the USA service needs once we get this fully going.

We have room  at the solar array for parts storage and even actual working on gear.

The goal would be to end the slow asic  rma issues that hurt the industry.

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I see BTC as the super highway and alt coins as taxis and trucks needed to move transactions.
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I love the technician Certification program Canaan are running, great that Avalon's actually being extremely transparent with their machines and they're willing to actually certify people to repair machines instead of a MyRig and Bitmain Warranty repair service (with some people like Lightfoot, of course) on Bitmain's side, and that they're actually concerned about customer satisfaction unlike Bitmain. This only increases my trust in Canaan, and I'm personally interested in how to troubleshoot and possibly repair these things now.  Cheesy

Little question, is the 761 test model essentially just a 741 but with a PSU attached to it, similar to the 841? I wasn't able to find much information on it. I love your review style, especially this small documentary of your visit to Canaan. It's not often you get to see how miners are made, especially with most manufacturers being extremely closed-off.

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March 20, 2018, 09:36:22 PM
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I wish I had known they were looking for people. I have managed literally thousands of Avalons since beginning my career in crypto.

Last year I visted Bitmain for the same reasons. I toured their facilities, learned how to repair s7 and s9 miners, and learned quite a bit about how their business functions. It would really be great to do something similar with Avalon.

Was Qin FengLing (AKA Mike) still there? I worked with him during the Avalon 6 days.

Stop buying industrial miners, running them at home, and then complaining about the noise.
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I love the technician Certification program Canaan are running, great that Avalon's actually being extremely transparent with their machines and they're willing to actually certify people to repair machines instead of a MyRig and Bitmain Warranty repair service (with some people like Lightfoot, of course) on Bitmain's side, and that they're actually concerned about customer satisfaction unlike Bitmain. This only increases my trust in Canaan, and I'm personally interested in how to troubleshoot and possibly repair these things now.  Cheesy

Bitmain has been offering this same type of training for over a year now, so saying they arent concerned really isnt true :/ They are doing things at 10x the scale of everyone else and the company has been suffering growing pains. For example they were out of space in their Beijing offices before the building was even finished due to the rapid expansion of the company.

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I love the technician Certification program Canaan are running, great that Avalon's actually being extremely transparent with their machines and they're willing to actually certify people to repair machines instead of a MyRig and Bitmain Warranty repair service (with some people like Lightfoot, of course) on Bitmain's side, and that they're actually concerned about customer satisfaction unlike Bitmain. This only increases my trust in Canaan, and I'm personally interested in how to troubleshoot and possibly repair these things now.  Cheesy

Bitmain has been offering this same type of training for over a year now, so saying they arent concerned really isnt true :/ They are doing things at 10x the scale of everyone else and the company has been suffering growing pains. For example they were out of space in their Beijing offices before the building was even finished due to the rapid expansion of the company.

I guess there's just been less documentation of Bitmain having some sort of repair training program, I haven't even heard of something like that until now. Is there any information about Bitmain's program out there somewhere? I've never been great with the technical details of miner repair and I happen to be travelling to China this summer (specifically Nanchang and Beijing), I'd be glad to take a detour to Bitmain or Avalon's facility to see how things work.


I didn't do a full scale disassembly for the A761 unit, but my understanding is that the control board,
PMU board, hash board design etc. is similar to the A741, but there are more A3212 chips in the A761
and it has a built-in power supply unit with thick wires connected directly from the PSU to the PMU boards.
And steel tube case design is ofc different compared to the A741.
Thanks for the info, I guess they used the 761 to help develop the 841 or something of the sort. Weird they never seemed to release it to the Western market, I recall seeing an article back near December saying they were only releasing it for Asian markets.

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March 20, 2018, 09:53:22 PM
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Little question, is the 761 test model essentially just a 741 but with a PSU attached to it, similar to the 841? I wasn't able to find much information on it. I love your review style, especially this small documentary of your visit to Canaan. It's not often you get to see how miners are made, especially with most manufacturers being extremely closed-off.

I didn't do a full scale disassembly for the A761 unit, but my understanding is that the control board,
PMU board, hash board design etc. is similar to the A741, but there are more A3212 chips in the A761
and it has a built-in power supply unit with thick wires connected directly from the PSU to the PMU boards.
And steel tube case design is ofc different compared to the A741.

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I guess there's just been less documentation of Bitmain having some sort of repair training program, I haven't even heard of something like that until now. Is there any information about Bitmain's program out there somewhere? I've never been great with the technical details of miner repair and I happen to be traveling to China this summer (specifically Nanchang and Beijing), I'd be glad to take a detour to Bitmain or Avalon's facility to see how things work.

Bitmain is less forthcoming about it, and at the time did not want it known publicly as they had already decided among their customer base who would benefit most from the training. When I send RMAs to bitmain, its usually at least 250-300 units and I am one of their top large scale customers so im pretty sure thats why I was targeted. They even took us out on a yacht!



I know this isnt a really good description of what im trying to say, but from the pictures posted Avalon looks alot more "first world" in their manufacturing and build process than what I saw at bitmain. Much cleaner, nicer facility, much more attention to detail.

Stop buying industrial miners, running them at home, and then complaining about the noise.
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March 20, 2018, 11:07:48 PM
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Cool report HagssFIN! It seems like Canaan does have a decent sized operation going on there. I've visited a few manufacturing plants in China during recent years for sure they know how to scale the business there. I can just imagine how massive the Bitmain operation must be. As a miner it is probably better not to know, would make me sick calculating the increasing BTC difficulty with each unit out of the door Cheesy

Respect to Canaan for this kind of open support/marketing initiative. So far our farm is running only Bitmain units for past price / efficiency reasons, but Canaan is generating trust with their way of addressing the market. Lot of things could be improved, but hopefully they will fix the important parameters and push themselves into contention for the next investment we are going to make.

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March 20, 2018, 11:47:56 PM
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Concur.  My farm has also been Bitmain based, but I placed my first order for Avalons yesterday.  Post like this one go a long way to making me feel like I made the right call - despite the flood of coupons from Bitmain trying to keep us from switching.

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I guess there's just been less documentation of Bitmain having some sort of repair training program, I haven't even heard of something like that until now. Is there any information about Bitmain's program out there somewhere? I've never been great with the technical details of miner repair and I happen to be traveling to China this summer (specifically Nanchang and Beijing), I'd be glad to take a detour to Bitmain or Avalon's facility to see how things work.

Bitmain is less forthcoming about it, and at the time did not want it known publicly as they had already decided among their customer base who would benefit most from the training. When I send RMAs to bitmain, its usually at least 250-300 units and I am one of their top large scale customers so im pretty sure thats why I was targeted. They even took us out on a yacht!



I know this isnt a really good description of what im trying to say, but from the pictures posted Avalon looks alot more "first world" in their manufacturing and build process than what I saw at bitmain. Much cleaner, nicer facility, much more attention to detail.

Right  bitmain  will work with a million dollar a year client.

But leave the 50,000 to 100,000 a year buyer out in the cold.

I have purchased about 260,000 in gear from them last 4 years.  I get okay service from  Yoshi at MyRig, but  simple issues such as the one today won't be addressed

Their website won't generate a BCH address to pay them I used my last coupon
So I am out the order and the coupon.
I will need to send a dozen emails of complaint  for the 200 coupon or just say fuck it.
This will be the third fuckover since dec of 2017   total about 350 in cash
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1864920.msg32790850#msg32790850

Canaan has been better for the most part with service to me.

This is why buysolar and I will be looking forward to working with them.

We are east coast maybe we could get a west cost person and a middle of the country person involved with this.

Matti would do Europe.  Well we will see what Canaan has in plan for us.

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I am glad to see the trip worked well for you.

My partner buysolar will be making the trip for training.

Both of us will be doing USA support  if all works out.

I look forward to this trip that  Sky (buysolar)  takes and look forward to a new step into the cryptoworld as a support rep/trainer for Canaan.

Buysolar is due to do trip in early April  and I will also be posting here  with his impressions.

I am hoping Steve  would send us  some spare parts  to cover the USA service needs once we get this fully going.

We have room  at the solar array for parts storage and even actual working on gear.

The goal would be to end the slow asic  rma issues that hurt the industry.

   The options  would be.

    1.  I ship customers the spares they will  need In advance.  basically the in field failure rate is  1%.
         so I can just ship units with the order.

    2.  Stock parts at Distributors.

    3. Stock parts at  Certified technicians. ( hey I stole your idea!)

  The Key  of course was explaining to people that  its not optimal to send a whole unit back  IF you design a machine  to be  in field
   repairable.

   

 

 

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I guess there's just been less documentation of Bitmain having some sort of repair training program, I haven't even heard of something like that until now. Is there any information about Bitmain's program out there somewhere? I've never been great with the technical details of miner repair and I happen to be traveling to China this summer (specifically Nanchang and Beijing), I'd be glad to take a detour to Bitmain or Avalon's facility to see how things work.

Bitmain is less forthcoming about it, and at the time did not want it known publicly as they had already decided among their customer base who would benefit most from the training. When I send RMAs to bitmain, its usually at least 250-300 units and I am one of their top large scale customers so im pretty sure thats why I was targeted. They even took us out on a yacht!



I know this isnt a really good description of what im trying to say, but from the pictures posted Avalon looks alot more "first world" in their manufacturing and build process than what I saw at bitmain. Much cleaner, nicer facility, much more attention to detail.

   The key is designing for reliability.  If you design for reliability then the hardest problem is solved. Marketwise we ship about 25% of the hash rate  last year. Every Bitmain customer that comes to me complains about the same thing: reliability. They report failure rates from 5-30%, so i dont know about the "attention to detail". They key is making a device that is so robust that you cant screw up the manufacturing. They also complained about the downtime  from  shipping back products. I guess the kind of untold story is that our product is designed to be  easily assembled and disassambled  with no specialized training. That means I can ramp production  10X with minimal investment and time. The other untold story is that its easy to repair. When matti and Sky are done with the guide, I hope folks will understand. If not I can always send matti to your farms to train you.  No yacht, sorry, all business here.

 

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Very good writeup of your trip to Canaan!
Again, this kind of open-arms support by Canaan for the BTC community is the major reason why that for over a year now all of my farm miner replacement/expansion has been using Avalons. Between BM's shunning BTC as payment for their miners and my now rather old s9's slowing starting to act up (and aside from using MyRig no hope of hashoard repair/replacement) my moving to the Avalons has been a no-brainer.

Canaan has time and again proven themselves the Gold Standard to me when it comes to openness and customer support. Their superior attention to all aspects of miner design just seals the deal. For what it's worth, this is coming from someone who has been designing industrial laser electronics for over 35 years. I design for decades of operation <shameless plug here, Synchron Laser Inc > - today just finished re-installing a system originally built in 1983/rebuilt by us in 2003 with 88,800 hours on it into a new home where it should live for another couple decades or more.

Anywho, baring the fans and their fixed max lifetime I can see an Avalon holding up very well for much longer than it would make sense to run them. Last year had to open a 721 to replace a fan and can say very impressed with the construction and heat sink designs. These are built like a tank.

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  The Key  of course was explaining to people that  its not optimal to send a whole unit back  IF you design a machine  to be  in field
   repairable.
 

It is a great idea. My repair needs were minimal, but it was nice to have the fan shroud shipped out so I could replace it myself rather than 1) leave it and see if it caused issues, or 2) ship it out for such a minimal repair.

Love seeing Canaans business and service network continue to grow.

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There are multiple ways to compete.

When my 741 died last summer Steven fixed issue with fast replacement really fast under a week.

So here is an issue from my order placed for a L3+

Thanks for reaching out to Bitmain-Ticket ID 39xxx
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 9:04 PM
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Dear philipma1957
Thanks for reaching out to Bitmain!
Our working hours are 9am-6pm Beijing time (GMT+8) from Monday to Friday.
We are working hard to respond quickly to every query. We are experiencing a very high volume of requests and responses may take a bit longer. Thank you for your patience.
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I placed an order tonight using my last 200 coupon. The order failed to generate a bch address so that I could pay for the L3+

it was order # 00120180321xxxxx

I added a screenshot of the order. It show your website messed up

you now expired the order so give me my 200 dollar coupon back.

Your system had the error it did not make a bch address for me. This is not my fault.

MY name is philipma1957

my email is philxxxxxxxxx @ yaho

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Since I posted it here it pretty much show what the problem is

and this is screen shot showing broken website

this is  a front office clerical issue  I posted to show it  here and pretty much  egg on bitmain  via shame to see how fast they fix it.
 I have purchased a lot of gear from them.  Used myrig a lot with yoshi and I don't break balls  but I am a 50 to 100 k in gear each year guy  not a 1 million a year

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So the goal is better service plain and simple.  Hopefully Canaan will do this.
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@ yankees 

yes  an asic company  with  a gpu type repair setup even if it is parts and self service  and not rma.

   Or calling me in NJ  and I drive to Maryland but not this black hole style  of rma other asic  companies offer.

This was the biggest reason I pushed hard for gpus  for the last 2 year.

Repairs were good.

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  The Key  of course was explaining to people that  its not optimal to send a whole unit back  IF you design a machine  to be  in field
   repairable.
 

It is a great idea. My repair needs were minimal, but it was nice to have the fan shroud shipped out so I could replace it myself rather than 1) leave it and see if it caused issues, or 2) ship it out for such a minimal repair.

Love seeing Canaans business and service network continue to grow.

Once I have accurate stats  on failure rates and modes ( stats iwas one of my side gigs-- field failure on autoparts)
I will start to include free spares on larger orders..

small sample stats is hard..LOL

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