Application of assembly line techniques to production of Ford Model T automobiles
Detroit Michigan USA Date:1916 Duration:3 min 52 sec Sound:Yes
Actors recreate scenes at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan during its early days. Ford hunches over a magazine, circa 1909, advertising the Model T Touring car for $850. He tries to figure how to lower prices so Ford workers, themselves, can afford to buy the cars they make. Sequence shows how teams of men first built individual cars, then specialized to build the same parts for all the cars; and finally how the moving assembly line came into being. Later actual sequences show the process adapted to subassembly of parts; and parts are seen being gravity-fed to workers. Finally, actual moving conveyer systems are shown in operation, with radiators, engines, chassis, and entire cars moving through the production lines. The result was that by 1916 a Ford Model T car could be purchased for $350. View of finished cars at end of Ford assembly line.
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