Total Cost Minimization : The Ford Model T Ended Production Essay

1220 Words Oct 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Total Cost Minimization On May 25, 1927, The Ford model T ended production. Its successor the Ford Model A was then conceptualized and brought into production. As soon as it was released into the market a lot of problems arose which led to its failure. From production issues at the assembly plant, to the increase of stronger competition and the start of World War Two, The Model A was doomed from the start and it would not be long until Henry Ford himself would notice it.
When Henry Ford first introduced the assembly line method in 1910 for the Ford Model T; it increased productivity rapidly. All aspects of the car were being constructed using this method. Instead of people constantly moving to add parts to the car, Henry Ford decided it would be more efficient to just move the car to the people dedicated to each station. This method of construction finally allowed Henry Ford to deal with the massive demand for the Model T. The time it took to build one car was reduced from 720 hours to 90 minutes. After the production of the Ford Model T ended in 1927 and was replaced with the Model A, Henry Ford was forced to fire a lot of people and renovate the factory in order to deal with the 5580 parts required to make one vehicle. From the start, a lot of problems arose. Since all the parts were new, employees had issues with assembling the car. Parts such as frame and brakes caused a lot of problems during production and caused the assembly line to slow down. Due to all of this…

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