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Dell's new Winston-Salem plant on track to produce its 2 millionth PC and new Dell chassis designs could be getting a boost courtesy of Microsoft

While speaking at a Chamber of Commerce Tech Council meeting in Winston-Salem, NC, Dell's VP of N.C. operations Travis Simpson gave audience members a progress report on how Dell's latest production facility is holding up. The facility is coming up on its one-year anniversary in a few months and is on track to produce its 2 millionth computer shortly.

Simpson noted that the Winston-Salem facility has over 1,000 employees and is closing in on its production target of producing one computer every 2.5 seconds. And even though the facility is not yet at full production capacity, it is already Dell's most efficient manufacturing plant. From the Austin Business Journal:

The local facility produced 20 percent more desktops in Dell's third quarter, which ended July 31, than it did in the company's second quarter, he says. The second-quarter production was up 70 percent from first-quarter numbers, when Dell was first getting started in Winston-Salem.

Simpson also hinted that there are new chassis designs on the way from Dell along with new product designs for the second half of 2007. Although he didn't expand on his comments on the new chassis designs, one can't help but wonder if the designs will be influenced by Microsoft's push for "designer PCs." Microsoft wants a new breed of elegant PC chassis designs to complement the launch of its Windows Vista operating system.

So far, Microsoft is using a soft sell with PC makers. The Windows Vista Industrial Design Toolkit, hand-delivered to about 70 designers, contains everything a PC maker needs—color palette, suggested materials, even graphics for icons and power buttons—to create computers, laptops, and peripherals that hew to Vista's look. A separate booklet exhorts hardware makers to eschew drab, utilitarian boxes. Microsoft is providing the toolkit for free and vows not to strong-arm any company into incorporating the concepts.

We're sure that Dell has gotten the hint from Microsoft to spruce things up a bit, so we'll mark our calendars for Summer 2007 to see the results of "Extreme Makeover: PC Edition."

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By HackSacken on 8/3/2006 11:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
Not to start an argument, but it is quite funny how we all bash AOL, and Dell is quite similiar. I am not a fan of Dell pc's but I do not hate them. The reason I say similiar is, one person stated as AOL's marketing tactics sort of aim towards ignorant (or those with lack of smarts in the pc industry) people causing a "bump" in the knowledge of the internet. However, Dell markets the $400 computer with a printer and monitor. People drag the machine in for repairs months later yelling, "Why doesn't it work!?" When the answer is you just can't get quality products dealing with computers at a bargain like that.

Just thought I would point out a relavence between the two. (Correct me if I am ignorant and I am wrong on this)

RE: *sigh*
By rrsurfer1 on 8/3/2006 11:57:01 AM , Rating: 3
Well, for one, AOL charges (or used to charge) a huge premium for their service, whereas the low-cost Dell's might be low-quality, but they're still low-cost. AOL simply didn't give a good value, they preyed on the fact people didn't understand the net and charged them a premium. The other thing is I've dealt with both Dell and AOL customer service, Dell's is infinitely better.

RE: *sigh*
By HackSacken on 8/4/2006 12:16:43 AM , Rating: 2
Good point about pricing. Better perspective than what I had.

By GoatMonkey on 8/2/2006 3:40:27 PM , Rating: 5
I heard that they make some smokin' computers there.

RE: Winston-Salem
By MercenaryForHire on 8/2/2006 3:41:44 PM , Rating: 1
I hear they were going to use designs from VoodooPC for inspiration. *rimshot*

- M4H

New Chassis
By L33tMasta on 8/2/2006 3:22:43 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe now we can get some cool innovative chassis.

RE: New Chassis
By MercenaryForHire on 8/2/2006 3:45:55 PM , Rating: 3
As long as some normal cases are available that aren't quite as ... uh ... "festive" ... as the article text seems to imply, that's fine.

I'd probably be happy if they just cloned the Apple tower designs. Who wouldn't want a shiny aluminum wastebasket ( next to their ... uh, shiny aluminum wastebasket?

- M4H

Don't they
By creathir on 8/2/2006 3:27:02 PM , Rating: 2
Already revampt the chasis every year?
I know walking through our office is like stepping through time, and the oldest PC we have is 3 years old!

- Creathir

Definition of Elegant
By brshoemak on 8/2/2006 3:46:55 PM , Rating: 2
hopefully elegant mean USB ports standard on the front of all cases, also small light indicating LAN connectivity like on the 830's (wireless indication would be nice too). not flashy, just enough that we don't have to undo some nice cable management just to see if i'm green :)

I always get nervous...
By jskirwin on 8/3/2006 9:29:12 AM , Rating: 2
when my department is praised. It always seems to get outsourced soon afterward.

At least this is a relatively new plant. I wonder how much NC paid for each and every job there through tax breaks, infrastructure improvements, kickbacks...

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