Let’s see how Spectrum gets assembled on its line!
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If you just joined our journey of crowd-development, welcome! We summarized the Spectrum project’s critical milestones to quickly give you an idea of what has happened since it was started.
On the line
Qualified operators are ready to follow the SOP we developed in the mini build to assemble new development samples. The steps required to put a Spectrum together from scratch is about the same as what we detailed before. This process has several order changes, extra check items, and additional care tips optimized for Spectrum’s assembly line operation.
Four thick thermal dissipation pads are pre-applied around the metal subframe’s central area, allowing its mass to aid in dispersing heat from the mainboard. An operator applies two protective foam pieces to the side and then secures the printed circuit board (PCB) inside with five screws using a torque between 4 and 5 kgf/cm².
All internal cables must be arranged in a specific order; that is, for the two embedded DisplayPort (eDP) cables that connect to the exposed panel PCB, the longer one goes on the left, and the shorter one goes on the right. When it comes to the two backlight cables closer to the panel’s edge, their order is the exact reverse. Here, an operator plugs the two eDP cables and fixes them with a piece of thick acetate cloth tape.
Insert eDP connectors. Read our previous topic to find more about their functions.
Secure the metal box.
Spectrum accelerates to perform a 90° turn at this corner.
An operator checks the front panel protector to ensure it stays safely out of the way when pressing the mid-frame onto the panel’s back.
Place the mid-frame.
Efficiently add screws to the mid-frame from two sides.
Insert backlit cables and organize all connectors using the guide clips.
Rear frame in their reusable EPE pack ready to be deployed.
Install the joystick board and connector.
Mount the joystick.
Spectrum power supply samples.
Finished Spectrum prototypes.
We noticed that the joystick is forced down when Spectrum is stored upside down on the shelf, which potentially leads to the joystick’s premature failure. It is easily corrected by keeping Spectrum in its proper orientation.
The burn-in test that follows and lasts overnight plays a vital role in stressing these samples. The components are running continually and heated up in this transparent room with a 42°C controlled ambient. Each unit is configured manually to obtain the (everlasting) burn-in screen with shifting colors. Passed prototypes are qualified for post-assembly line testing.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this series of behind-the-scenes look so far! Come back for your exclusive view of Spectrum samples’ factory testing after the assembly line!