Apple Bets $10.5B on Robots and Lasers to Upgrade Their Supply Chain

Apple s $10 5B on Robots to Lasers Shores Up Supply Chain  Bloomberg

Bloomberg reports that Apple plans to spend a record $10.5 billion on improving and optimizing their supply chain including assembly robots, factory automation, milling machines, and other technology.

The information, derived in large part from Apple’s fiscal 2014 capital expenditure forecast, clearly demonstrates that Apple takes full control and ownership of their supply chain, unlike many other companies that tend to throw designs over the fence and leave the details up to their suppliers.

This isn’t a new initiative for the Apple management leadership. Prior to taking over as CEO when Steve Jobs passed away, Tim Cook husbanded the creation/re-engineering of Apple’s existing supply chain. However, it does represent a major “power-up” move since the forecast 2014 capital expenditures represent a 61% increase from the previous fiscal year and a whooping 10X increase over the 2008 numbers.

 

Via: Apple’s $10.5B on Robots to Lasers Shores Up Supply Chain - Bloomberg

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How Apple Makes the Mac Pro – All the Detail Thanks to Atomic Delights

How Apple Makes the Mac Pro  Atomic Delights

Doing a bit more research after my previous post on the Apple Mac Pro I found an excellent writeup on the Atomic Delights blog that goes through the entire Mac Pro manufacturing/assembly process step by step.

The article is definitely worth taking a few minutes to read through if you’re interested in what state-of-the-art manufacturing can accomplish, especially if you have the technology and deep pockets of Apple.

Via: How Apple Makes the Mac Pro — Atomic Delights

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Making the all-new Apple Mac Pro – with Robots!! (Video)

Apple  Making the all new Mac Pro  YouTube 1

Given all the video and photos I process, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that my next computer purchase will be the new Mac Pro. Even though it’s a bit pricey, the speed and processing power it is expected to deliver will improve my output and efficiency considerably.

So, it’s good to know that the Mac Pro assembly is being done in the U.S. Although I fully understand that it won’t mean a lot of jobs being repatriated from off-shore to the States, every little bit helps. And, it’s judicious application of robotics and factory automation technology that makes it both cost effective and good business to do the assembly Stateside.

Here’s a look at the Mac Pro manufacturing and assembly process:

 

Via: Apple - Making the all-new Mac Pro - YouTube

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