• 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
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