Care About Impact of the Car Assembly Line On Production

  • In total, the manufacturing of the car could be broken down into 84 steps. The key to the process, however, was having consistent, interchangeable parts. These parts were created in mass quantities and then brought directly to the workers who were trained to work efficiently at specific assembly stations.

    A key part of the process was to bolt the chassis of the car to a conveyor chain where workers applied specific parts as it rolled by. Other workers brought additional parts to the assemblers; this reduced the amount of time workers spent away from their stations to get parts.

    The impact of the car assembly line at Ford was revolutionary. The production time for a single car dropped from over 12 hours to just 93 minutes. Ford’s 1914 production rate of 308,162 Model Ts eclipsed the number of cars produced by all other automobile manufacturers combined.

    The efficiency of the production line allowed Ford to lower the cost of vehicles to consumers. Ten years later, the cost of the Model T dropped to $260, the equivalent of approximately $3500 today.

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