Assembly Line

Improved by Henry Ford

Henry Ford

  • Born July 30th, 1863 in Michigan
  • 1896 built his first model of a horseless carriage called the Ford Quadricycle
  • Presented his automobile plans to Thomas Edison
  • Edison encouraged Ford to construct a second, better model
  • Ransom E. Olds is known as "The father of automotive assembly line"
  • Ford improved on Olds's idea with the installation of conveyor belts
  • Ford should be known as "the father of automotive mass production"

Why and What

  • it's purpose was to speed up production
  • reduced the time it took to build cars
  • Ford wanted everyone to have a "motor car"
  • to lower the price of his cars he needed a way to make them more efficiently
  • Other Industries adopted the invention and now, everything from cereal to caskets are made using the line
  • Standardization created lower costs and better quality
  • More production meant more profit-more workers could be paid higher wages
  • Created a "virtuous cycle of growth"
  • Over time it was greatly used and still is today to mass produce

Where

  • Invented at Ford Motors Michigan Plant
  • Ford's invention was used mostly in America and Europe during the time
  • Today, it is used in almost every aspect of mass production

When

  • October 1913
  • Today, robotics play a major role in the mass production process

Application

  • Society today relies on the mass production process to obtain products
  • Major industries need the assembly line to get their products everywhere, quickly

Citations

"Henry Ford Biography." Bio.com. Ed. Biography.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.

"Assembly Line History - Invention of the Assembly Line." Assembly Line History - Invention of the Assembly Line. N.p., 08 Mar. 2016. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.

History.com Staff. "Ford’s Assembly Line Starts Rolling." History.com. A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.

"Ford's Assembly Line Turns 100: How It Changed Society." NY Daily News. N.p., 07 Oct. 2013. Web. 08 Mar. 2016.

Ford's Assembly Line Turns 100: How It Changed Society." NY Daily News. N.p., 07 Oct. 2013. Web. 08 Mar. 2016

Corday, Robert. "The Evolution of Assembly Lines: A Brief History."Robohub.org. N.p., 14 Apr. 2014. Web. 9 Mar. 2016