The assembly line is considered one of the most influential innovations of the 20th century. It altered the way that the industrial world would operate, and it affected business practices across the globe.
The Early Concept
Before the Industrial Revolution, goods were primarily produced by hand by a person who was an expert in making one particular component of that product. After that component was made, other parts would be brought together to make the final product.
In the 12th century, Venetian Arsenal ships would be produced by moving them down a canal where the different stations would add new parts to them. This process could go as fast as one day.
In 1901, Ransom Olds (creator of Oldsmobile) created and patented the assembly line. Switching over to this process allowed his car manufacturing company to increase output by over 500% in one calendar year. The Curved Dash model produced over 20 units per day!
The Oldsmobile brand was then able to create vehicles at a low price — all the while they maintained their stylish look. Oldsmobile was the first car to be produced in large numbers. It would be this model that influenced Henry Ford in his assembly line tactics.
Henry Ford took the assembly line tactic that Ransom Old was using and then improved upon it by incorporating the concept of moving platforms on a conveyor system/belt. In Ford’s assembly line, the chassis of the vehicle would be towed by rope from one station to another to have different workers assemble parts on it. Essentially, one person would add a left door, whereas another worker at a different station would add a bumper to the vehicle.
Using this method, Ford was able to produce a Model T every 90 minutes, which equated to roughly two million units a year (in their better years). Although Ford didn’t invent the assembly line, Ford was the one who popularized it and perfected it.
Build Rehabilitation has the ability assemble package goods for customers using an assembly line of disabled workers.
Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers warehousing services to a variety of different industries and businesses. With 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the business ethic required to service all of our clients and their warehousing needs.