Posted tagged ‘world war II’

History Lesson in American Factory Automation and Controls

October 2, 2012

You may think of Parker Hannifin as gantry systems, extruded aluminum, hydraulics, etc. That’s all true, and more. This Cleveland-based multinational behemoth is one of Innovative-IDM’s blue chip channel partners — as big and talented as they come.

But in 1918, Aurthur Parker was just tagging along as a profiteering pilot fish to Henry Ford’s automobile industry and the burgeoning aviation sector, designing and providing control systems for both further transportation must-haves. Not to mention the retooling of its factories for the monumental World War II effort.

Check out this informative video, which is as much about the history of industrial automation as it is about Parker Hannifin


Factory Automation During WWII

February 17, 2009

U676289AACMEI was watching Ken Burns’ “The War” the other night, episode three I think. They were talking about how all of the factories in the US retooled to fuel the war effort.

A striking fact, and I had to back up the DVD to make sure I heard it correctly: There were 3 million automobiles produced in the US in 1941. For the rest of the war, there were less than 400 new consumer automobiles manufactured, as the plants were converted to tank, aircraft and military vehicle production. The Ford plant, perhaps the No. 1 automation wonder of history, eventually geared up to roll 600 B-24 bombers off its line in a month, with pilots often sleeping on cots waiting to fly the planes away from the production line as they rolled off.

If you consider yourself a student of factory automation, you should delve into the history of factory production, ‘war towns’, ship building and other production and raw material challenges during WWII. It’s an amazing triumph.