Explore the Raspberry Pi factory floor in Wales, UK

Our Matt recently had the chance to visit the Sony factory in Pencoed, Wales, to see where Raspberry Pi computers are made. Not many people get the chance to tour the factory floor, so he filmed his visit so you can at least pretend you were there.

The matching light blue shirts everyone is wearing are anti-static coveralls (before you ask)

The boxing-up robot is my personal favourite. I also reckon we need to name the pick-and-place robots you see at the 18 second mark. There are four of them, so we’ll need a theme that ties them together. Drop your ideas in the comments and I will declare a winner who will receive my gratitude as a prize; along with my solemn promise to pester our friends at Sony until they make plaques of the inappropriate names I liked best.

Hands down the best photo taken at the factory, ever (by our Brian)

I’m more of a reader myself

If you’d prefer to read about the factory processes, here is the video transcript:

“Let’s see how Raspberry Pi computers are made.

We’re at the Sony UK Technology Centre in Wales. It all starts with a warehouse of parts.

Many of those parts, including the printed circuit boards, get fed into pick-and-place machines. They start to populate the smaller parts on the boards first.

In between many of the steps, there’s a visual inspection of the boards to make sure everything looks good.

For the larger parts like the USB and Ethernet jacks, these robots place the parts and then after that solder is applied from below.

What’s cool is that they even use Raspberry Pis to do all kinds of things on the factory line.

There’s another inspection before the boards are broken up, and then each board is booted up for testing.

If they pass, they move along to be boxed up individually, weighed to make sure everything is in there and then packed into larger boxes for shipping.

These boxes go to customers and approved resellers all over the world. Our friends at Sony have a lot of Raspberry Pis to make, so I’m going to get out of their way now and let them do their thing.

Thanks for coming along with me.”

Extra factory fun

Matt posted a slightly longer edit to his personal TikTok if you’d like to see a snippet of the journey to Wales as well as the factory tour.

And if it’s a wander down memory lane you’re after, check out these photos from over ten years ago, taken by Liz during a tour in the very, very early days of Raspberry Pi.

40 comments

David Arthurs avatar

Donald
Huey
Dewey
Louie

Ashley Whittaker avatar

Donald Ducks nephews already nabbed those names

Joe avatar

Then you should name them,
Philemon,
Hue,
Dew,
and Lou.
(I don’t know where the first came from, but I have had it stuck in my head for a little while.)

Charles avatar

Good idea!

Richard avatar

We need to start a petition to feature this in the BBC show Inside the Factory. They’ve covered baked beans, boots and buses; why not Raspberry Pi?

Ashley Whittaker avatar

SECONDED

Jeff Geerling avatar

THIRDED

Malcolm avatar

FOURTHED

Mike avatar

Tinker
Tailor
Soldier
Sally

Ashley Whittaker avatar

11/10

Niklas avatar

Since they are fabricating Raspberry Pis:
The fab four: Paul, John, George, Ringo
(order according to personal preference)

Ashley Whittaker avatar

Yeeeeeah you have that order *literally* back to front.

Anthony Lavado avatar

Boxi
Boxy
Boxé
Frank
(I couldn’t come up with a fourth name)

Ashley Whittaker avatar

Boxé I like.

Liz Upton avatar

Posh, Baby, Scary, Ginger.

Ashley Whittaker avatar

Still this indifference for Sporty after all these years.

Liz Upton avatar

It is as if you were WITH me and Helen earlier today. (Her indifference for sportsball has evaporated and it’s very weird.)

UKScone avatar

The 4 spices of the Apocalypse

Gordon77 avatar

Apple, Pumpkin, Cherry and Pecan…
Top 4 Best Pies…
https://www.thetoptens.com/food/best-pies/

Bob avatar

Left Arm
Under Arm
Over Arm
Right Arm

Nic avatar

Fab
Rick
Kate
Inge

Andrew avatar

Baudot
Turing
Marconi
Lovelace

Jose Commins avatar

Things that are usually picked:
Nose
Fight
Flower
Pocket

Niels Affourtit avatar

Rasp
Berry
Pi
Picker

Kev avatar

Those machines are a work of art. So:
Leonardo
Michelangelo
Donatello
Raphael

Ashley Whittaker avatar

AND ninja turtles

Andrew avatar

Turing
Welchman
Flowers
Newman

Ashley Whittaker avatar

This one is an actual proper good one

Anders avatar

Tutte should have a good shout to be included.

Cederick avatar

I don’t know if the Twitter replies count so I’ll post it here again:
eenie meenie miney mo

Ashley Whittaker avatar

I saw this on Twitter!

Achim Ditzler avatar

What about Gauss, Hilbert, Turing, Leibnitz?

Pablo Rogina avatar

For naming the robots: Athos, Aramis, Porthos and D’Artagnan. The Four Musketeers.

Seppe De Loore avatar

Since their picking things, why not the names of the Pacman ghosts:
Inky (cyan),
Pinky (pink),
Blinky (red),
Clyde (orange)

Ashley Whittaker avatar

LOVE the Pac-Man angle Must go and play Pac-Man for eight hours now…

T. J. Janus avatar

Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry

John Van Brussel avatar

Eeny
Meeny
Miney
Moe

Ali Berk avatar

Joe, William, Jack and Averell

Amiranari avatar

yea the manufacturing process was great
greepy pi
ava pi
cookie pi
lets try stm different

Konstantin avatar

water
air
earth
fire
It is four elements of our life…

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