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I saw a television show a few years back that showed how some of Japanese industry is done, which I found amazing. It was in the more rural areas of Japan. Farmers there, who might be raising livestock or growing fruit and veggies, would have one barn converted which would have a robot that does molding and spray painting of CD players or VCR cases. So they farmed during the day, and then after dinner molding and spray painted cases for high tech devices. Other places had women (mainly) sorting parts and bagging them, or assembling chassis for televisions or CD players, also in low tech buildings on farms. Those videos and photographs they like to show with everyone in hair nets and white lab coats and gloves may occur at some urban factories, but apparently that's only part of the story. So, anything is possible, even in Japan. I remember when laser discs were first being produced in the US, they were being made at a factory that used to make something else for Philips, like cassette recorders. They were experiencing huge failure rates with the laser discs, and it wasn't until they visited the factory that they found out why. In interviewing the employees the vast majority had no idea what it was they were making or how it was used, or how delicate it was. They were not wearing proper protective wear to keep things clean, and they weren't removing their rings or bracelets and the disks were getting scuffed and scratched along the way. They finally got smart and gave each employee a laser disc player, and some discs, and explained what they were making there, and suddenly the yields went up higher than in their Japan plants. Art gary wrote: > Clean room space at the level needed for building a scanner should not be a > problem. I am starting to suspect Epson farms the manufacturing out to some > schlock organization. Does the scanner really say "Japan" on the bottom? - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.