The Assembly Line
An assembly line is a line of factory workers and equipment that produce a product as it moves consecutively from station to station on the line (a conveyor belt) until completed. It was invented to improve productivity but decreasing the amount of time needed to make the product. Henry Ford is mostly credited with the invention of the assembly line, however, it was in use by other people before Ford introduced it to the automotive industry. Other people who can be credited for inventing the assembly line are Eli Whitney (1765 - 1825), Samuel Colt (1814 - 1862), and Ransom E. Olds (1864 - 1950). They had been using the idea of the assembly line long before Ford, Ford simply improved on the idea. Ford's improvement on the idea was a big change for the automotive industry because cars could now be mass produced. The idea later moved into other industries as well. The invention of the assembly line was an improvement for industries on productivity and manufacturing.