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  Sep 15, 2003, 08:00am EDT 
 

Assembly and testing


By: Sander Sassen

As mentioned each part is tagged with a bar code at the delivery and scanned multiple times during the assembly process to ensure the order is filed exactly to the customerís demands. It also helps Dell to manage their inventory and tracks any errors or bad batches of parts so they can quickly act on anything that might cut into their productivity or other problems that might prevent the completion of an order. When a system is completely configured it will be tested for a minimum of two hours, prior to the software being loaded. When the test is completed succesfully and the software loaded, itíll be prepared for shipping and sent off to the customer at the end of the day.

Barcode scan

Fig 8. A barcode scan of a part needed to complete and order, a 24 speed CDROM.

Assembly line

Fig 9. Assembly line for server products, each server is assembled in a matter of minutes.

System tests

Fig 10. A large number of systems being tested for at least two hours, prior to shipping.



1. Introduction
2. Parts and components
3. Distribution and assembly
4. Assembly and testing
5. Packaging and shipping

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