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The Machine That Changed the World 2/7/2008 This week, I read the book The Machine That Changed The World by James P. Womack, Daniel T. Jones, and Daniel Roos. Written in 1990, it takes an in depth look at the automobile industry. The book tries to show the differences between lean production, as used by the Japanese car companies like Toyota, and mass production, made famous by Henry Ford and adopted by the American “Big 3”. It is clear that a lot of time and resources were put into the book. I enjoyed the beginning of the book, a look back at the formation of the automobile industry.
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Unformatted text preview: We learned about the craft system, which was the only way cars were made in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Cars were ordered and built custom, with each varying from the other. On page 20, it was noted that “If the company [Panhard et Levassor] had tried to make 200,000 identical cars each year, the cost per car probably wouldn't have dipped much below the cost per car of making ten.” Only the extremely wealthy could afford them, Although it was written almost 20 years ago, the ideas in the text are still extremely relevant today....
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