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...

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  • 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

  • A Dell factory worker assembles the laptop by hand, scanning parts as they're built into the system. The whole process takes seven or eight minutes. Desktops, by contract, take three or four minutes to build, while servers can take anywhere from 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the complexity of the system.

    The individual who builds a system is considered its 'owner' as it goes down the line, so there's some level of accountability should any defects be discovered in testing.

    Photo: Dell

Topic: Hardware

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