Photos: Inside Dell's Irish build-to-order factory

Photos: Inside Dell's Irish build-to-order factory

Summary: From parts to PC in four hours flat...

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • From parts to PC in four hours flat...

    The Dell manufacturing facility in Limerick, Ireland is one of seven factories where Dell builds laptops, desktops, servers and storage systems. The others are in Brazil, China, Malaysia and the US.

    The Limerick facility opened in January 2000, spans 40,000 square feet and employs 3,000 people.

    Dell prides itself on its 'just in time' manufacturing model, which means the facility builds systems as they're ordered and never stores more than two days inventory.

    Once a system is ordered (more than half of orders are placed online), it takes around four hours for it to be created in the Limerick factory.

    How's it done? Let's take a look...

    Photo: Dell

  • It all starts with parts. In the distance you can see a truck bay full of computer parts pulled up to one side of the Limerick factory floor.

    Dell orders the parts - processors, hard drives, CD/DVD drives, keyboards, screws etc - from its suppliers every two hours. The parts only become Dell property once they come out of the truck bay and into the factory. This ensures Dell purchases just what it needs to build systems which have already been ordered - and no more.

    Photo: Sylvia Carr

  • The first step to building a Dell system is assembling all the necessary parts, which is done at a station like the one you see here.

    A computer tells factory workers which parts to collect. Each item is scanned before being placed into a black plastic container which at the end of this stage will hold everything needed to assemble the system.

    Photo: Sylvia Carr

Topic: Hardware

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