Ever wondered how Sony manufacturers so many PlayStation 4 consoles for all the fans out there itching to get their hands on the console? A new report from Nikkei Asia reveals what exactly goes on behind the scenes.
The report reveals that the assembly line pumps out a complete Playstation 4 in around 30 seconds. Even more impressive is that it is mostly automated, with only four people involved in the process.
Sony’s manufacturing facility is situated on the outskirts of Kisarazu, just a short distance from Tokyo. The facility has a 103-foot assembly line for manufacturing PlayStation 4 consoles and was completed in 2018. Most of the process uses robots, with two people feeding the motherboards onto the line and two that package the finished console.
Of the 32 robots in the plant, 26 are solely used to attach wires and tapes to the console.
It’s all quite impressive, especially considering how fast the process is and how complicated the PlayStation 4’s insides are. Sony is quite proud of their robots, with one engineer stating that there probably is no other site that can manipulate robots in the same way as they are able to.
“One of the plant’s crowning achievements is the use of robots to attach wires, tape and other flexible parts to the consoles. Twenty-six out of 32 robots at the Kisarazu plant are dedicated to the task, deftly handling materials most robots would find too finicky.”