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    Assembly Line History

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    Assembly lines are a “manufacturing technique in which a product is carried by some form of conveyor among stations where various operations are performed” (Columbia Encyclopedia). This extraordinary idea was one of the greatest things to come out of the Second Industrial Revolution which spanned from 1870 to 1914 (Mokyr, p.1). Assembly lines made our world the way it is today, adding overall convenience to buying. Today, stores are able to sell millions of units of product before going out of stock, as opposed to the late 1800s to early 1900s. With the help of assembly lines, stores are able to save money during production, making products less expensive and passing those savings to consumers. In general mass production “raised the standard…

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    The Assembly Line Analysis

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    The assembly line has historically been lauded for the success it brought to the auto industry, specifically during the production of the Model T built by the Ford Motor Company starting in 1908. What is often overlooked, however, is the human toll of this technological invention. Despite the exponential growth in efficiency and profit resulting from the assembly line and the higher employee wages that followed, worker satisfaction suffered. Frederick Taylor’s principles of “Scientific…

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    The idea of the assembly line has many parents. In the scientific revolution of the eighteenth century, scientists, especially mathematicians tried to quantify what made an industry productive and tried to find ways to make industries more productive. The goal was to create an industry that functioned without human labor. The most important people of the time for the development of the assembly line were the Americans Oliver Evans and Eli Whitney and the Frenchman Gaspard Monge. Evans is known…

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    “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” Henry Ford is often referred to as the father of the automotive industry. Although that is not the truth, he did, however, change the industry forever for the better. With his invention of the Assembly line, it would change cars all over the world. Ford and his motor company were one of the most successful motor companies of the early nineteen hundreds. Henry Ford and his invention of the Assembly…

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    Film Review: The Global Assembly Line The World economy has experienced distinct phases over time, yet one of the most important and revolutionary systems has been capitalism. Capitalism can be defined as a socio-economic system motivated by profit and labor power, focused on the exploitation of the labor force. Beginning in the 19th century, competitive capitalism introduced the idea of reducing wage rates and different forms of production. Then came the era of organized capitalism, also…

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    Ford's assembly line and Model T Henry Ford's assembly line and his automobile, the Model T, revolutionized manufacturing and the development of today's automobiles and engines. The assembly line and Model T caused American industry to expand and also ushered a new American lifestyle. Not before the 1920s had the automobile become an accepted part of the American lives, and they were "forced" to be a part of the "communication revolution" (Appleby 368; O'Connor 3). Ford did not only change the…

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    "Life on the Global Assembly Line" written by Barbara Ehrenreich and Annette Fuentes condemns the exploitation of women industrial workers in third world countries. The authors ' explicit and detailed writing style engages the reader and reinforces the seriousness of the subject matter. By focusing on intolerable working conditions and overwhelming health hazards, Ehrenreich and Fuentes provide further detailed evidence of this abusive practice. Their article, while several decades old, still…

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    There was no efficient form of mass production of various products until the ingenious invention of the assembly line. This made most products expensive because of the extensive amount of work that people had to put forth into making products. It took workers about half a day of grueling work to create cars before the Model T. Because of this condition, cars were very expensive and most people could not afford one like today. Ransom E. Olds used the assembly line in 1901 to mass produce his…

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    In the essay, Some Lessons From The Assembly Line, the author muses over the benefits he has encountered while working in a factory over the summer. The author brings to light the many benefits he sees in doing the work in the factory as opposed to working easier jobs as well as the great opportunities that his education will grant him after graduation. This essay gives the idea that education is the key to a better life. This is made clear at the end of the essay when the author states how…

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    “Some Lessons from the Assembly Line” is a motivational article written by Andrew Braaksma. In his article, Braaksma shares his experience of going from a full-time college student to the blue-collar life. The author compares campus life to his time in a factory, instilling the importance education. The article theme of the importance of college is well argued because the author shares his experience, the effect it had, and lessons he learned. Mr. Braaksma chose to spend his summer vacations…

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