small manufacturing system comparable in scale with the small products on which it is used.

Small equipment such as watches, cameras, and cassette recorders contain many components of a few millimetres in size. So far, such miniature components have been processed and assembled by metre-order machine tools or assembly robots. Accordingly, in the processing of microcomponents and assembling by such metre-order manufacturing systems, the power required for the movement of the machine tools and assembly robots themselves is much higher than that required for the processing and assembly of the small equipment. In addition, compared to the size of the components and products, extremely large amounts of space and resources are required for metre-order manufacturing systems.


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