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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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    “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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    "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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    the assembly line, we tend to think it is credited to Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company, but like so many inventors, Ford just improved the assembly line that was patented by Ransom Olds. Before the industrial revolution, products manufactured in factories were made by hand with a single worker completing a part of the product then all the workers coming together and collaborating to make the final product. At the time, this was the most efficient process. In the 12th century, the Venetian…

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    Henry Ford was not the first person to create to assembly line. The first car to be made using the assembly line was the Oldsmobile Curved Dash. According to Ford in My Life and Work the assembly line should have the following principals. "(1) Place the tools and the men in the sequence of the operation so that each component part shall travel the least possible distance while in the process of finishing. (2) Use work slides or some other form of carrier so that when a workman completes his…

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    Ransom E. Olds invented the assembly line in 1901, in order to keep up with the high demand for horseless carriages, but it was Henry Ford who improved on Ransom’s idea. Henry Ford installed conveyor belts on the assembly line and this improvement allowed him to mass produce automobiles at a rate that was once impossible. As a great inventor and entrepreneur, Henry Ford was able to transform the lives of the common American for the better. He was able to improve the working conditions for…

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    Assembly Line Metaphors

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    First, imagine an assembly line. Now, imagine that the line is not a line at all but a criss-cross of paths across a kitchen island in a house within an Arizona subdivision. Next, imagine that even the paths can change over time (depending upon which uncle is taking a break, which cousin is taking over, etc.) such that the assembly line metaphor itself dissolves and ceases to be useful at all. Now, in that context, the first person flattens the rinsed corn husks (ribbiest side down) onto a…

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