These are what I make at work, usually. I obviously can’t sneak the bigger scrap out.
These are two scrap modules. The labeled one is scrap because it was dropped, and these are shock-sensitive devices. The one you can see the board in, is scrap because of a bent pin. They were both once destined for Fiat cars, if I’m not mistaken.
They are for satellite safety systems. What exactly that means, I never cared to find out. They plug in at the long ends. What we do is cut the boards off their panels, put the boards into the housings via machines, and then weld the cap on. Then we label them. We’re not responsible for how the boards are made.
I can’t take pictures of the machine we use. It’s a cage, though, with a huge rotating dial in the middle, two robot arms to transport modules and boards, a laser box for welding, a moving printer for the labels, and a testing platform to make sure they work. Then they move onto the next machine via a conveyer belt out of the cage, to another cage that houses another dial that simply takes the modules through a “leak tester”, which does as it says - tests for leaks in their weld and rubber parts.
Our plant specifically makes safety items like these, along with braking items and airbag items. Air bag items are the hardest to make, and are also our heaviest modules, going through a building-long line, to the testing area where they are sent through chambers that test their heat and cold resistance, then given to other operators to be final tested and packed. There are a ton of individual processes on the line that make it a very long go.
Meanwhile, braking items are the second-hardest. They either go through solder machine lines, or welding machines lines that are quadruple the size of our machines. They only make 1500 on the best of days. Safety sensor system items are the easiest to make - we easily produce at least three thousand a day, but most of our machines can produce up to four thousand to eight thousand modules.