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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

The Ford Assembly Line

  • Aired: 01/29/2013
  • 02:59
  • Rating: NR
Inspired by the moving lines used at meat-packing plants, Ford’s factory tested an assembly line in the flywheel magneto department. Rather than having one person build a coil at a time, the supervisor broke down the individual tasks into a sequence driven by a conveyor. The new system reduced the time it took to make a magneto from twenty minutes to thirteen minutes, ten seconds.
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In order to sell an affordable product, Henry Ford had to create more cars in less time.
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