Saturday, November 5, 2016

General Motors Plants Set the Standard to Meet the High-Volume of Car Production in the 1950's

General Motors Plants Set the Standard to Meet the High-Volume of Car Production in the 1950's

How do you sell a couple hundred million cars? Build them properly, and do it on a scale the would had never seen, that's how. Throughout its 100 plus years, General Motors consistently invested its profits in the world's best production engineering and machine tools. Back in the 1960's Gm was able to offer scores of options and color choices with most of its nameplates, and still get it right. That's a car-building machine for the ages.

Great production line video.

A typical universal milling machine of the early 20th century. Suitable for tool room, jobbing, or production use.
Milling is the machining process of using rotary cutters to remove material from a work-piece by advancing (or feeding) in a direction at an angle with the axis of the tool.It covers a wide variety of different operations and machines, on scales from small individual parts to large, heavy-duty gang milling operations. It is one of the most commonly used processes in industry and machine shops today for machining parts to precise sizes and shapes.

Milling Machine

Another great assembly line video.  Auto Assembly Line: American Harvest (Revised) 1955 Chevrolet Division GM

1955 Assembly line, True Virgins!

1957 Assembly Line

The Ground Work for a New California Assembly Plant.

Final Assembly on the Line

GM Assembly Plant Campus

Engine Lathes
An Engine Lathe is a common manually operated metal turning lathe. The standard lathe has a stepped pulley or gear box for different spindle speeds, gears to drive the carriage which supports the cutting tools and a tailstock to support long work and to drill holes in work supported in the spindle.

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Mechanical Power Press -electrical outlet box Metal Junction box-Progressive Die Stamping Process
Stamp in Action

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Metal stamping products
Stamping (also known as pressing) is the process of placing flat sheet metal in either blank or coil form into a stamping press where a tool and die surface forms the metal into a net shape. Stamping includes a variety of sheet-metal forming manufacturing processes, such as punching using a machine press or stamping press, blanking, embossing, bending, flanging, and coining. This could be a single stage operation where every stroke of the press produces the desired form on the sheet metal part, or could occur through a series of stages. The process is usually carried out on sheet metal, but can also be used on other materials, such as polystyrene.  Stamping is usually done on cold metal sheet

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Body Assembly at the Detroit Cadillac Plant

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Body Assembly on a 1957 Sedan.

Assembled GM Cars Ready to be Shipped to Dealers.

1957 Chevrolets being unloaded from a rail carrier:
1957 Chevrolet Being Unloaded From a Rail Carrier

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1957 Bel Air Convertible

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