a small problem. A large customer had hundreds of thousands of
computers that could not be upgraded to a customer replace-able CPU,
that Intel had just introduced. Intel's solution was a small circuit
board that fit under the
CPU. But they needed someone to design an assembly fixture that could
be used by a semi-skilled operator at an Intel assembly plant to intall
and test the final product assembly. AND as a bonus, we only had 4
deliver the first fixture. According to them, this had never been done
they imagined a fixture to install the circuit boards one at a time.
designed the fixture to accomodate a standard tray of 10 CPU's, had a
failsafe mechanism so the operator could not accidentally crush any
fingers, etc. The running inside joke was that is was going called the
"Pentium smasher". We designed it to run with simple air pressure,
added an onboard-air regulator, and go/no-go test indicator
electronics. We tested and delivered the first fixture on time, AND
smashed a single Pentium, or even bent a single pin.