A New Year’s Note
Today is the first day of 2014.
So here is a photo from 1914. It is inside the Ford plant in Highland Park, Michigan.It is the final assembly line for the Ford Model T.
The industry has come a long way in the last 100 years, both in terms of processes and products.
But you can imagine that back then, things seemed pretty advanced.
So as we go into 2014, it is worth keeping things in perspective, because in 2114, there will be a whole new perspective on what we are doing today.
Here's an overview of the study of assembly plant productivity that gets the undivided attention of all automakers: "The Harbour Report." Although the Big Three companies are getting better, they still have a way to go. But given the levels of competition, better won't be good enough for some plants, it seems.
I'm not talking about a plastic Revell model of a '57 Chevy, but a real vehicle, one that rolls off an assembly line in 1999 with another 99,999 just like it right behind. Is it possible, or is this just a fantasy of the marketing department at Elmer's?
Great material savings can be achieved when high temperature-resistant bags are used for reverse masking in paint shops for getting two-tone paint jobs done. Here's how it is done.