This is Panasonic's Toughbook factory in Kobe, Japan, where the company has been producing its full-featured line of ruggedized Toughbook machines since 1996.
Robotic Machines Assist in Assembly
Each of these automated manufacturing machines fulfills a wide range of assembly steps as every Toughbook motherboard goes down the line in the production plant.
Motherboards Receive Components
Inside one of the automated machines two motherboards pass through to receive components that will fill them out for final assembly nearby in the factory.
Automated Assembly of Toughbooks
This is one of the double-arm robotic devices used on the Toughbook production line to build laptops and other devices using faster and more precise automated processes.
Workers Inspect Toughbooks
Workers on the Toughbook production line attach and inspect parts on the assembly floor as the machines continue through the factory.
The completed Panasonic laptops are being tested for proper operation, which will be followed by packaging and preparations for shipping to customers.
Inside the environmental testing area of the Kobe factory, these environmental simulator machines are used to test sample Toughbooks for resistance to water, heat, cold, humidity and other environmental extremes.
Water Spray Test
In the water spray test, a running Toughbook is sprayed with high-pressure water to ensure it meets water-resistance standards that set the ruggedized Toughbooks apart from non-ruggedized models from competitors.
In a drop test, a running Toughbook is dropped to a hard surface to ensure it continues to run after impact.
The is the special sound chamber where testing is performed for Electromagnetic interference (EMI) from Toughbook devices. The EMI testing is done to ensure that humans and other electronic devices will not be harmed by high EMI levels.
In the factory's small repair center, a technician makes repairs to a new Toughbook unit that needed some minor work before being certified for shipment and sale.
This is the call center inside the Kobe factory where Toughbook customers can call with questions, comments or concerns about their devices.
Toughbooks on Display
A display of Toughbook machines featuring many models from the first 20 years of Toughbook production is on display in the lobby of the Kobe factory.