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This international technology assessment study has focused on the emerging global trend toward the miniaturization of manufacturing processes, equipment and systems for microscale components and products. The study has investigated both the state-of-the-art as well as emerging technologies from the scientific, technological, and commercialization perspectives across key industrial sectors in the USA, Asia and Europe.The extension to micromanufacturing is not easy at this point, since parts are typically larger than 1 mm. Currently available ... At Olympus the microfactory concept is seen as a means to save energy, hand labor, materials and cost. Some lenses handled today with a ... The endoscopy technique is being adapted to machine repair and a smart capsule endoscope is under development. The latter will beanbsp;...

Author:Kornel F. Ehmann, David Bourell, Martin L. Culpepper, Thom J. Hodgson, Thomas R. Kurfess, Marc Madou, Kamlakar Rajurkar, Richard DeVor
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2007-04-29


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