Game Changer: 100th Anniversary of the Moving Assembly Line
Henry Ford began making cars in the early 1900s, “state-of-the-art”
manufacturing meant car bodies delivered by horse-drawn carriage, with
teams of workers assembling automobiles atop sawhorses. The teams would
rotate from one station to another, doing their part to bring the
vehicle together. Parts deliveries were timed, but often ran late
causing pile-ups of workers vying for space and delays in production.
Fortunately for the future of industry, these archaic practices came to
an end Oct. 7, 1913.
Observers of the time were already
suggesting that someone needed to invent a way to mass produce cars, and
by doing so bring down the price to enable more people to afford the
luxury. J.J. Seaton wrote in Harper’s Weekly in January 1910 that “the
man who can successfully solve this knotty question and produce a car
that will be entirely sufficient mechanically, and whose price will be
within the reach of millions who cannot yet afford automobiles, will not
only grow rich but will be considered a public benefactor.”
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The pictures located in this gallery tell a story of just how innovative the moving
assembly line was at its genesis and how continued progress has refined
the process over the last ten decades.
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