There’s a great gallery over on IT Pro that shows some still photos from the Panasonic Toughbook production line. These ruggedized laptops are designed for extreme conditions and more than the usual amount of banging around and accidental drops. What surprised PPR was the fact that Panasonic still makes these in Japan, not a lower-cost country like Vietnam. And, while there are some industrial robots on the line, certain processes are still handled by humans. See the feature here: Making a toughbook.
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