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  • Foxconn to Use X-Ray Machines to Inspect and Reduce Defects in iOS Devices

    Foxconn, the major Apple supplier has begun adding automated X-ray machines to its assembly lines, allowing the supplier to inspect and cut down on defects found in iOS devices. According to CNET’s sources, Foxconn’s inline X-ray inspection systems have already begun to appear at its plants in China. The machines are said to rely on a software algorithm which checks solder joints and printed circuit boards at speeds fast enough that allow the production line to continue moving quickly.

    It is being said that the new equipment will allow Foxconn to improve efficiency and cut down on errors. It also allows the manufacturing company to reduce rising labor costs. While Foxconn faces heavy criticism for the way it allegedly treats its working, the company seems to be taking an effort to respond to the statements by increasing the wages of its workers by as much as 25%. The source who revealed Foxconn’s investment in the X-ray machines suggested that the machines were a result of “quality issues” on the company’s production line that may have prompted the purchase. It is rumored that the machines are currently being bought in “unprecedented quantities” to support the move.

    As of right now, Foxconn remains the primary assembler of devices for Apple and Apple continues to see tremendous year-over-year growth for its popular iOS devices. An inside look at Foxconn which was conducted last month by ABC’s Nightline showed that the iPhone was practically handmade by the Chinese workers on the company’s assembly lines. The X-ray machines should help prevent the defects that many users complained about with the release of the iPhone 4S and may possibly complain about in the future as well with the release of the next-generation iPad around the corner.

    Source: CNET, Image courtesy of ABCNews
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Foxconn to Add X-Ray Machines to Inspect and Reduce Defects in iOS Devices started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. gtemkin's Avatar
      gtemkin -
      Automated X-ray inspection of solder joints is a very standard process for printed circuit assembly and has been for many years. I highly doubt this is a "new" process for Foxconn.
    1. James Hall's Avatar
      James Hall -
      That's too funny
    1. expl0itfinder's Avatar
      expl0itfinder -
      Too bad X-rays cant detect X-ploits!
    1. foolish813's Avatar
      foolish813 -
      Poor guys. Now they're gonna finish 'em off with a little radiation.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Love how they say "reduce defects in IOS devices" sad howmedia focuses on Foxconn only making apple products so they can be looked down upon for many of the factories problems
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Good, my 4S has a stripped screw on the battery connector. I don't see how that wasn't caught, whoever screwed it in knew immediately it wasn't good because of the angle it went in. Can't really get it replaced because you aren't supposed to remove the back because it voids the warranty.