The machines in the middle are called Pick and Place machines. They pick the tiny electronic components up
off the feeder reels and then place them, very precisely, into the solder paste on the panels. These machines
can place tens of thousands of parts an hour. The long machine to the far right is a big oven used to heat the
panels and melt the solder.
Each board now passes by an optical scanner that
checks to make sure each part has a solid solder joint.
If needed, a technician at the end of the production line
will make any repair to the board by hand. From here,
the panels are broken down into smaller panels so
technicians can solder all wires and other components
that the machines could not do onto the boards by hand.
The controllers now go to final assembly area where
each one is connected to a power supply for calibration
and then a test run is performed. After passing all of the
calibration tests, the controllers are finally packaged
up and shipped out to the various dealers. I noticed
very little stock in their warehouse, and that is because
the demand is so high for Castle ESCs that the minute
they come off the production line, they are immediately
shipped out to the dealers.
I have to say that I really enjoyed touring the Castle
facility and after meeting all the great people there, I can
tell you they do their best to create a top-quality product
for our electric vehicles. The next time you are looking
for an speed controller, you can’t go wrong by putting in
a Castle Creations controller.
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