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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  • 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

  • Here's all the kit necessary to build a Dell laptop, packed up and headed down the conveyor to the person who will build it.

    The Limerick factory builds all the systems for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region and some for other parts of the world. It's also one of only two factories, along with Malaysia, where Dell laptops are built.

    Photo: Sylvia Carr

Topic: Hardware

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