Ore is found in mines in Daigard. It is used to make many things. But to make any of those, you must make a factory. And to make anything including a factory, you must be a manufacturer, which requires 30 melds.
Components are more simply known as labor. Components can be gotten by hiring workers. Each worker produces the tens digit of their meld count components per hour. Being a worker requires at least 10 melds. Components are completely useless unless you have the ore you need to make something.
A factory can be made with 20 ore and 9000 components. Factories are needed to make any other thing with ore. You can rent factories from other people. You can only make 5 factories, but you can rent as many as you want. At factories, you can make Miner Robots (MR's) and fix broken items found with these robots.
Special Miner Robots
It takes 5 ore and 7500 components to make a special mining robot. For every ten melds you have, your robots will do better and better. This goes the same that the components per hour does. A 30-39 meld bot will be an MR3, a 40-49 melds bot an MR4, and so on. These robots will mine up anything they find, even broken items. The higher class your robot is, the more damaged items they will find. Damaged items are added on to your usual findings.
The damaged items that you find with the special mining robots need fixed. This can only be done at a factory. To do this, you need 1 ore and 1000 components.