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Lian Li Factory Tour: Quality Control

Quality Control

Before we even got a chance to take photos of the production process, we were whisked into the the small QC lab within the factory. Here Lian Li takes samples of its cases and raw materials to check that they conform to its tight standards.

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The colour control test. Oh, that's not his hand either. And, uh, nor is it mine!

Since Lian Li doesn't undertake its own anodising in-house (apparently there's not enough space in the current factory) it randomly checks parts received from the external contract company for colour quality (above) and that the anodising has a good depth and uniformity. There's even a scratch test which is excruciatingly painful to watch and these parts obviously don't make it into retail cases.

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The anodising thickness test and the painful to watch scratch test. YEEEAAOOWW *Curls toes*

Lian Li even spent about £40,000 (2M NTD) on a RoHS X-ray machine that, as part of EU regulations, retests samples of every batch the company receives from suppliers and those that it makes itself.

The company also tests the gold plating thickness of the front connectors it buys in - the ones for USB, LEDs and front panel switches. It's easy to forget that these have to retain conductivity in all environments and a certain thickness after potentially many uses.

There's even drop test equipment for new case designs.

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The RoHS X-ray machine and Lian Li's turrent punch press. tonk-tonk-tonk-tonk-tonk-tonk!