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 next stage is the initial quality control check. The factory worker examines the laptop for any visible flaws or defects, and makes sure it has all the appropriate labels.

    If any problems are detected, the system is sent back up the line to its 'owner' for repair.

    Photo: Sylvia Carr

  • After the quality control check, both the hardware and software are tested rigorously for performance and compatibility issues.

    Here you can see a batch of laptops being put through the paces. This is the most time-consuming part of the manufacturing process, lasting around 80 minutes.

    The monitors on top of the cabinets show the factory workers how far along each system is in the tests, and if any problems have been detected.

    Photo: Sylvia Carr

  • Should a system fail any of the tests, it's brought to this station for further examination and repair.

    Photo: Sylvia Carr

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