PNP Robotics, creator of ZenCrate, the world’s first anti-anxiety dog den, is opening its manufacturing facility in South Florida this March in Sunrise, Florida. This 12,237 square foot facility will house the entire production line, as well as PNP Robotics’ administrative offices.
When selecting a location, ZenCrate creators Jonathan Azevedo and Chris Lightcap considered outsourcing the production overseas, but ultimately decided on Sunrise, Florida, to ensure that all the materials were of the highest quality and safe for consumers. PNP Robotics turned to the California Air Resources Board (CARB), which serves as the “Clean Air Agency,” to guide its selection of materials.
“It was extremely important to us to not only produce the ZenCrate in the USA, but to have the facility local so Jonathan and I have an active role in the manufacturing process,” said Chris Lightcap, co-founder of ZenCrate. “We realized that a product designed to support an animal’s emotional well-being is useless if the materials making up that product are toxic. As we further developed ZenCrate, we took care to test our prototypes, ensuring only the safest local materials were used.”
All measures have been taken to ensure that the facility is as low impact to the environment as possible, with extra precautions put in place such as using water-based paint to prevent off-gassing and formaldehyde-free materials to keep the ZenCrate as safe as possible for pets.
The manufacturing facility will be furnished with state-of-the-art equipment, including automated cutting and assembly equipment. As PNP Robotics prepares to ship their first 100 units to Kickstarter backers in March 2017, they are gearing up to an eventual production volume of 250 units per week. This production volume will continue to scale with increased product demand.
PNP Robotics will continue to innovate and develop products in the pet market and other industries. More information about these products will be released in 2017.