Hundred years after its invention, the assembly line needs to be reinvented.


When Henry Ford’s Highland Park, MI, assembly line started moving some 100 years ago , it produced “six radically different versions of the Model T, ranging from a 2-seat coupe to a 6-seat Town Car,” wrote Wards. A century later, Ford plans to manufacture an average of four different vehicles per plant by 2017. This is celebrated as progress, and as a plan to make Ford’s “manufacturing lines more flexible than ever,” as the Detroit News gushes. [Continue Reading]