America's Assembly Line

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Hardcover, Mit Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780262018715, ISBN10 0262018713
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Hardcover, Mit Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780262018715, ISBN10 0262018713

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Hardcover, Mit Pr, 2013, ISBN13 9780262018715, ISBN10 0262018713

The assembly line was invented in 1913 and has been in continuous operation ever since. It is the most familiar form of mass production. Both praised as a boon to workers and condemned for exploiting them, it has been celebrated and satirized. (We can still picture Chaplin's little tramp trying to keep up with a factory conveyor belt.) In "America's Assembly Line," David Nye examines the industrial innovation that made the United States productive and wealthy in the twentieth century.

The assembly line -- developed at the Ford Motor Company in 1913 for the mass production of Model Ts -- first created and then served an expanding mass market. It inspired fiction, paintings, photographs, comedy, cafeteria layouts, and cookie-cutter suburban housing. It also transformed industrial labor and provoked strikes and union drives. During World War II and the Cold War, it was often seen as a bastion of liberty and capitalism. By 1980, Japan had reinvented the assembly line as a system of "lean manufacturing"; American industry reluctantly adopted this new approach. Nye describes this evolution and the new global landscape of increasingly automated factories, with fewer industrial jobs in America and questionable working conditions in developing countries. A century after Ford's pioneering innovation, the assembly line continues to evolve toward more sustainable manufacturing.

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Number of Pages: 338
Original Languages: English
Author: Nye, David E.
Book Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Mit Pr
Publication Date: February, 2013
ISBN-13: 9780262018715
ISBN-10: 0262018713
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