The Man on the Assembly Line

The Man on the Assembly Line

The Man on the Assembly Line

The Man on the Assembly Line

Excerpt

Machines alone do not give us mass production. Mass
production is achieved by both machines AND men.
And while we have gone a long way toward perfect
ing our mechanical operations, we have not success
fully written into our equations whatever complex
factors represent Man, the human element.
-- Henry Ford II.

In less than thirty years mass production has transformed the industrial base of the United States. Over the next fifty -- or less -- it seems not unreasonable to predict that it may transform the world's economy. New methods are constantly being discovered, and new sectors of industry captured by them. Nevertheless, what has already taken place has a certain unity. As early as 1926, a government report began: "There is taking place in the United States today a new industrial revolution which may far exceed in economic importance that older industrial revolution . . . which occurred in England in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, and which eventually transformed English industrial, political and social life . . . We are at the present time experiencing what is perhaps the most . . .

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