Assembly Lines: History & Types


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Who first mechanized the assembly line in the U.S.?

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1. Which of the following are advantages of using the assembly line?

2. Under a Just-In-Time system (JIT), manufacturing plants carry only one or a few days' worth of inventory in the plant, relying on suppliers to provide parts and materials on an 'as needed' basis.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

An assembly line is a manufacturing process that lets workers add pieces to a product as it moves forward along the line until the end, where a finished item is produced. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the history and advantages of assembly lines, and how this innovation contributed to modern mass production.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The first use of a mechanized assembly line in the United States
  • How a Just-In-Time system works
  • Definition of interchangeable parts
  • Effects of the assembly line on the auto industry
  • Advantages of an assembly line

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of assembly lines to answer questions about the history and advantages of this type of manufacturing
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can define key terms such as mass production, interchangeable parts and Just-In-Time manufacturing
  • Making connections - use your understanding of different assembly lines to describe how they benefit consumers
  • Critical thinking - apply your understanding of assembly lines to examine the possible negative impact they may have on workers

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the history and types of assembly lines. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand how assembly lines changed industry
  • Know the major figures behind this innovation
  • Know how assembly lines affect the cost of manufacturing
  • Understand how assembly-line production affects the quality of products
  • Understand how the assembly line concept extends to the supply chain