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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  • 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

  • Now it's back on the conveyor for the finished laptop. Next stop: labelling...

    Photo: Sylvia Carr

  • At this station all the appropriate labels are pasted on the laptop for the various hardware and software it contains. Again, a computer prompts the factory worker on what's inside the laptop and thus which stickers it needs.

    Photo: Sylvia Carr

Topic: Hardware

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