Though the assembly line has evolved, Ford’s original innovation is still at the heart of modern automotive production.
While Ford's 2017 debuts may come with bells and whistles that founder Henry Ford couldn’t have imagined, he would certainly recognize the basic model from which they were built. Invented over 100 years ago, Ford’s revolutionary assembly line is still at the core of the automotive industry.
With over 68 million cars manufactured and circulated in 2015, updates to the traditional assembly line have ensured that production can keep up with growing demand. What’s more, car companies in the United States introduce an average of 44 new models every year. In order to keep up with demand for these new builds year after year, assembly lines are now required to function at an elevated level of efficiency — allowing for the manufacture of multiple cars on the same line. Here’s how the assembly line has accelerated with the times.