The Tour Continued
One of the first signs of QA at the Abit — an employed visually inspects each motherboard to look for signs that ICs or MOSFETs may not have been installed correctly by the machines.
This is the reflow oven that solders all the ICs that were installed on the motherboard by the previous machines to the PCB, actually connecting them to the traces that were printed by the first soldering machine.
Another visual inspection is done of the trace work to make sure that all the components have been properly soldered onto the motherboard.
After the human inspection, the boards are fed to this machine that uses digital imaging to test for the correct IC placement; that all components are lined within the white lines that were originally printed on the board.
This is the PCB line, where the next step of motherboard creation begins: installing things such as PCI slots, capacitors and memory slots.
Here the PCB line starts with one employee scanning the serial number on the board. This is one way in which Abit is able to provide great customer service as every motherboard can be traced from each step of production to the sale to the channel partner around the world.
Here the girls working on the NF7 motherboards install capacitors and PCI slots. They are simply placing the components on the board, through pre-drilled holes in the PCB that will be soldered again.
Another shot of the boards during installationâ€¦
Here see the containers of capacitors, including one of Abit’s claim to fame — 100% Japanese capacitors instead of cheaper, less reliable ones from elsewhere. With the recent lawsuit against MSI for capacitor failures, this is good point for Abit to keep pushing.
Here is the wave solder machine that connects all the parts just installed on the PCB line to the traces on the motherboard.