Back to the Future: Watch Some Robots Assemble and Test Samsung’s Newest Foldables
Remember the Samsung Galaxy Fold? It was announced on February 20, 2019, and then disappeared in April when Samsung said it was delaying the release until it could fix issues with the foldable display. Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that you’ll be able to get your hands on the Galaxy Fold starting on August 6th, which just happens to be right before IFA 2019 in Berlin where we expect a new generation of foldable from Samsung and other companies.
The construction process
In the production process for these foldable, the engineers first create a wafer and then lay it in a mold. Next, they feed these pre-formed panels into another machine that applies them one at a time to the molding substrate.
The manufacturing robots use an X-shape arm with two hooks at its end, one of which lays down silicon plastic film onto which circuit boards will be attached later on. A second arm with claws holds an adhesive foil sheet and separates it from another sheet of film for sticking onto another side of the circuit board.
The panels are folded at a folding machine that looks like a giant press, with both horizontal and vertical movable platens. This machine squeezes, folds, and rolls into shape plastic sheets up to 80 microns thick.
The next steps include attaching chips onto circuit boards, sealing all edges of each foldable with an adhesive film of silicon plastic as well as applying electric film onto each panel. At last, two panels get fused by heating them at high temperatures in an oven.
The process is finally done when all parts are assembled into a fully functioning foldable phone or tablet device – or several devices depending on what was ordered – ready for shipment to customers who might not even know they’re now using new technology made possible by these robots.
Watching it being tested
Before you can fold it, you have to build it. See Samsung’s new foldable before they’re completed in our behind-the-scenes video tour of a factory where robots help assemble and test the company’s newest smartphone.
In our on-the-ground tour of a factory in Vietnam, we get an up-close look at how some robots are helping assemble and test new phones. The 10.5-inch Galaxy Fold from Samsung is one of several foldable phones slated for release later in 2019 (though with a $1,980 price tag, we’re guessing most consumers will go for one of its less expensive cousins).
With a dual 7.3-inch screen, users can either open it out into one giant tablet or fold it into two parts for phone use. A phone stand is included with the purchase. Here’s what it looks like when folded…
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Simulating real-world use
The future is now and it’s here faster than you can say Blade Runner. Indeed, Samsung has just released its first foldable phone and its name is the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Priced at $1,980, this is a smartphone that unfolds into a tablet…or something else when you need it to be. On Wednesday, April 17th in New York City, a swarm of tech journalists assembled for Samsung’s
Manhattan launch event and witnessed for themselves how these new-fangled gadgets work as well as what they’re capable of doing. Wanna know more? Keep reading!
Assembling and testing these new phones with speed and ease are several robots programmed by Korean robotics company ROBOTIS to do exactly that – assemble and test Samsung’s newest folding tables.
The Future Is Coming
In a now-viral video, Samsung teased its latest handset with a video of the foldable phone being assembled and tested by robots. The video shows the phone from every angle and highlights that you can have a traditional Android experience on it or flip it around to get more viewing room. This is truly future-forward technology, and we’re excited about all of Samsung’s latest creations!
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