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Microsystem Technologies

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 37–41 | Cite as

Microfactories; new applications of micromachine technology to the manufacture of small products

  • N. Kawahara
  • T. Suto
  • T. Hirano
  • Y. Ishikawa
  • T. Kitahara
  • N. Ooyama
  • T. Ataka
Technical papers

Abstract

 Concepts of microfactories consisting of microdevices made by micromachine technologies are discussed. A microfactory is a small production system whose size is very small with respect to the dimensions of the small products. Typical examples of microfactories are classified according to production types. Microfactory systems have a great possibility to innovate the production systems of small products by making the best use of the inherent properties of the systems such as miniaturized facilities, mobility and flexibility. The microfactory saves energy, manufacturing space and mineral resources with decreasing size of the factory facilities.

Keywords

Production System Mineral Resource Production Type Inherent Property Small Product 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Kawahara
    • 1
  • T. Suto
    • 2
  • T. Hirano
    • 1
  • Y. Ishikawa
    • 2
  • T. Kitahara
    • 2
  • N. Ooyama
    • 2
  • T. Ataka
    • 3
  1. 1.Research Dept., Micromachine center, 2-2 Kanda Tsukasa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 101 JapanJP
  2. 2.Mechanical Engineering Lab., MITI, 1–2 Namiki, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, 305 JapanJP
  3. 3.Takatsuka Unit, SEIKO Instruments Inc., 563 Takatsuka-Shinden, Matsudo-shi, Chiba, 271 JapanJP

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