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Assembly Line: Henry Ford

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Shawn Dripchak

on 6 December 2012

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By: Shawn Dripchak Assembly Line Who? What? When? What problem did it solve? What technology came before to make it possible? And what technology came after because of the idea? Positives? -By whom?: Henry Ford
-When?: 1913
-What industry?: Ford Motor Company
-What?: The assembly line was the idea that one person specializes in one job and one job only and the object is moved from one person to the next as they do their one task. The introduction of the assembly line solved the problem of wasted time caused by workers who had to fetch and transport parts. Now, workers could specialize in one particular part, instead of working on the whole object. It made making things much quicker and easier. -The famous Model T, made by Ford Motor Company, inspired the idea of Ford's invention. In 1908 it became so popular that they weren't meeting the huge demand and making enough cars. So to speed things up Ford came up with the assembly line.
-The funny thing is almost all electronic technology is made by an assembly line. So almost all things you see in stores are made by Henry Ford's idea. - Cars were produced faster and more efficiently.
- Employees needed to specialize in one task and focus on doing one thing, which led to the need for more workers.
- Helped create faster delivery of goods and services because almost everyone could afford a Model T.
-It indirectly helped with WWII because things like bomb shells were made very quickly. , The assembly line changed and changes the lives of many Americans. Henry Ford made cars a lot more popular, changed the ways of transportation for people forever, and allowed unskilled workers to obtain employment so now almost anyone could be trained and have a job, no matter who it was.
Before the assembly line, things were made by the individual hand; a single worker would fabricate each part of the product. They then would assemble them into the final product. Change Negatives? -There was a potential for decrease in pay among workers which meant that the individual worker is not as valuable anymore. Less time and energy goes into training therefore less value in the worker and his pay.
-There became a loss of trade skills among the work force. If a line worker lost his job and was seeking for another, the only skill he would have would be the one that he previously did in his last job (which can severely limit job opportunities). "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." Henry Ford "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Henry Ford Work Cited Convenience is a big factor of how technology makes our world better. It makes everything so much easier to do. Instead of having to walk over to a friends house, you can just text them.
Not only is it convenient, it also makes us more knowledgeable and aware of our surroundings. Take the Internet for example; we learn so much from it. We can read articles about Global Warming, look at what the score is of a sports game, or check up on what your friends are up too; the knowledge of almost anything is in our grasp. Wikipedia, "Assembly Line." Last modified 2012. Accessed December 5, 2012. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assembly_line.
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Bouissou, Julien. Worldcrunch, "HENRY FORD'S ASSEMBLY LINE INSPIRES THE HIGH-TECH HOSPITAL OF THE FUTURE." Last modified 2012. Accessed December 5, 2012. http://www.worldcrunch.com/india-henry-fords-assembly-line-inspires-high-tech-hospital-future/culture-society/in-india-henry-ford-039-s-assembly-line-inspires-the-high-tech-hospital-of-the-future/c3s5573/. Eyewitness of History, "Henry Ford Changes the World, 1908 ." Last modified 2005. Accessed December 5, 2012. http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/ford.htm.
BrainyQuotes, "Henry Ford Quotes." Last modified 2001. Accessed December 5, 2012. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/henry_ford.html. Fun Fact -Believe it or not Fordism was taken and used by an Indian hospital! The Bangalore hospital has 29 surgeons who operate 70 hours a week. And each surgeon specializes in about two or three operations so that they can work faster.
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