The South Korean consumer electronics company takes quality control extremely seriously.
Conventional manufacturers test products before the get packaged for shipping. Not so LG. A new report from a factory tour of the world's largest OLED TV-manufacturing plant in Gumi in the South Korean North Gyeongsang Province revealed the extend of quality control at LG.
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LG's G3 and G4 production lines of the Gumi factory, the company manufactures makes about 10,000 OLED TVs each month. The OLED TVs are checked in a two track procedure.
The first test is still on the assembly line. Employees test all TV functions for 15 minutes. This is called the "Aging Test."
The second test is surprising. Packaged OLED TVs are unpacked again by LG workers and then kept turned on for 72 hours. New generation of OLED TVs are tested for 168 hours. Usually manufactures do random testing like this, but not for all products leaving the assembly line.
"We call the Gumi manufacturing facility the mother factory, as LG adopts new manufacturing processes and tests them here," said Lee Byung-chul, vice president of the company's TV and monitor production division in an interview with the Korean Times.
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LG owns the OLED TV market with over 96% of the global market share according to IHS. LG offers 16 OLED TV models in the United States. The LG OLED TVs are regarded as the best TV you can buy. The prices are though still high compared to LCD based Televisions. On the other hand you are getting the build quality of a Porsche.