Complete Automation of Manufacturing

The Kingston plant is completely automated through the assembly process. Workers don't really touch components again until the final Quality Assurance checks.

8-up DIMM blanks were machine loaded.

Then high speed chip inserters behind glass load memory chips in the blank PCB.

The filled PCB then passes through SMT-soldering stations that secure the surface mount chips to the PCB.

Quality Assurance is in play at every step of the process. At this point, the soldered DIMMs pass through an optical inspection station.

Every board and chip is automatically examined for integrity of the soldering. Poor or suspect products get dropped from the line for further testing.

Raw materials Separation, Testing, Labeling
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  • Wesley Fink - Thursday, June 16, 2005 - link

    #6 - Without wafer-making at Kingston Taiwan the process is pretty straightforward. We kept looking for the laser Samurai warriors, but they just weren't there. There are already enough sites who invent or embelish the truth. That's why you come to AnandTech, yes? Reply
  • wien - Thursday, June 16, 2005 - link

    Logic wouldn't give you the pictures though. :P Reply
  • semo - Thursday, June 16, 2005 - link

    well i'm a bit disapointed. where are the videos and at least some technincal details or some interesting back story (with laser-sword wielding samurai warriors and hot princesses perhaps, no?).

    raw materials are brought in.
    raw materials are glued together.
    glued together raw materials are labeled, tested and packaged.
    the end.

    logic alone can tell me that
    Reply
  • faboloso112 - Thursday, June 16, 2005 - link

    neat Reply
  • arfan - Thursday, June 16, 2005 - link

    Good Article, and Oh... they use Dell Computer too.... Reply
  • Calin - Thursday, June 16, 2005 - link

    "...but Kingston is the only memory maker that we know whose name is recognized in every corner of the globe as the world’s largest memory maker"
    Maybe because Kingston sells its products under the same name in the whole world. Other producers (mainboards mainly) have different names for US market and European market.

    Anyway, very interesting article. I remember seeing (in Romania) an ad about 5 years ago, for Kingston memory for Sun workstations.
    Reply
  • jm20 - Thursday, June 16, 2005 - link

    I always enjoy reading on the companies that manufacture technology like this. It feels comfortable knowing they tested my USBkey before I bought it. Reply
  • Rapsven - Thursday, June 16, 2005 - link

    Interesting look on how our RAM is being made.

    Good article.
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