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How Motherboards Are Made: A Gigabyte Factory Tour

How Motherboards Are Made: A Gigabyte Factory Tour - PCSTATS
Abstract: PCSTATS takes you on a guided tour of Gigabyte's Motherboard Factory in Taiwan. There's a lot to producing and testing a single motherboard; a mind-boggling host of automated machines, people and processes. Gigabyte has several other factories in Taiwan and mainland China that each manufacture motherboards, videocards, and other products.
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External Mfg. Website: Gigabyte Aug 28 2008   Mike Dowler  
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Gigabyte's Enormous Automated Warehouse

It's not part of the process, but we should take a minute here to mention the huge automated warehouse that Gigabyte uses to store its various supplies and finished products on site. This vertical storage area is eight stories tall. Eight stories of computer tracked automated pallets that can be raised or lowered to a number of different off loading points, one for each floor. It's hard to convey the Blade Runner-like effect of this much automated machinery in one place, but these pictures give you a small idea of what it's like.

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One of the mechanized pallets in Gigabyte's vast storage area

The pallets are loaded by workers into docking stations before automated load handling towers come over to pick up the pallet and 'file it away in this 8-story warehouse. The process is 100% automated, and pallet are tracked using the numbers visible on the LED display above.

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Eight floors straight down surrounded by moving machinery...

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New components heading up into the warehouse

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte
 Pg 1.  How Motherboards Are Made: A Gigabyte Factory Tour
 Pg 2.  Entering the Motherboard Factory
 Pg 3.  First steps in Motherboard Manufacturing
 Pg 4.  SMT Assembly Line
 Pg 5.  SMT Process Continues
 Pg 6.  Pick and Place Chipsets
 Pg 7.  Convection Ovens for PCB
 Pg 8.  In-Circuit Testing and Visual Inspection
 Pg 9.  — Gigabyte's Enormous Automated Warehouse
 Pg 10.  SMT Automated Reel Storage
 Pg 11.  The Expensive Goods
 Pg 12.  Manual Assembly (DIP) Line
 Pg 13.  Installing Sockets and Ports
 Pg 14.  Wave Soldering
 Pg 15.  Flowing Over The Molton Solder
 Pg 16.  Buffing and Cleaning
 Pg 17.  Testing Stage 2: Full Hardware Tests
 Pg 18.  Automated Testing Platforms
 Pg 19.  Testing Stage 3: Burn In
 Pg 20.  Final Motherboard Packaging

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