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By David Hounshell

ISBN-10: 0801829755

ISBN-13: 9780801829758

In his richly illustrated 'From the yankee procedure of Mass construction, David Hounshell explores the advance of the 'American method' of producing within the part century ahead of the Civil battle and the transition of the program into the 'mass construction' of the twentieth century.

Previous writers at the American process have implied or argued without delay that the technical difficulties of mass construction have been solved by way of antebellum fingers makers, Hounshell argues, despite the fact that, drawing upon the vast enterprise and production documents of top American firms...including Singer production, McCormick Harvesting equipment Co., Brown & percentage production, Pope production, and Ford Motor Com...that the diffusion of fingers creation expertise was once neither as quick nor as gentle as has been assumed. either the expression 'mass construction' and the know-how used to be that lay at the back of it have been advancements of the twentieth C, attributable largely to the Ford Motor Co.

Hounshell explores the real position of people within the diffusion and improvement of construction know-how and the principal position of promoting technique within the good fortune of chosen American manufactures. whereas Ford Motor corporation used to be the seebed of the meeting line revolution, basic vehicles initiated the hot period of annual version swap. With the hot business plan, the expertise of 'the changeover' grew to become of paramount value. Hounshell chronicles how painfully Ford realized this lesson with the swap from the version T to the version A after which to the V-8 in 1932.

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The origins of the Ford assembly line are less important than its effect. While providing a clear solution to the problems of assembly, the line brought with it serious labor problems. Ford's highly mechanized and subdivided manufacturing operations already imposed severe demands on labor. Even more than previous manufacturing technologies, the assembly line implied that men, too, could be mechanized. Consequently, during 1913 the Ford company saw its annual labor turnover soar to 380 percent and even higher.

A close reading of the report indicates that Anderson employed "system" frequently and in a variety of usages. 3 Anderson and his contemporaries used "system" in ways that generally conformed to several definitions given in the Oxford English Dictionary. Unlike historians speaking of the "American system of manufacturing," they did not consciously endow "system" with great significance or with transcendent qualities. United States Exhibit at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London, 1851. Samuel Colt's display of revolvers was given a central place in the Illustrated London News's pictorial account of the American exhibit.

The origins of the Ford assembly line are less important than its effect. While providing a clear solution to the problems of assembly, the line brought with it serious labor problems. Ford's highly mechanized and subdivided manufacturing operations already imposed severe demands on labor. Even more than previous manufacturing technologies, the assembly line implied that men, too, could be mechanized. Consequently, during 1913 the Ford company saw its annual labor turnover soar to 380 percent and even higher.

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