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Kaga simpson
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166 of 170  Sat 14th Dec 2019 1:35pm  
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Argon, Slim. Just watched the Standard film. As you will see, cars were made on the floor and assembled where they stood, parts brought to them on small, flat trolleys, all through from the twenties to the fifties. A group of top men got together at the Standard-Triumph, “Why don't we put them on a rolling track and bring the parts to the men on overhead chains?” and so the idea was born. There were an awful lot of snags - the electricians said, “We can control the speed of flow if we put the shells on skis”. That became skids, but each station of men needed different lengths of time to fix parts, and by trial and error they came up with the shunting shed above the track. To explain it better, if you draw a central line, then place a number of sticks off that line on either side and off each stick a row of four either side, you now have a number of bays, each one a car shell - by an electric panel below that floor with a plan of the shunting shed, so you could shunt any car back onto the central track and down to the end of the line, where it was dropped onto the building track. Still by the panel at what speed you wanted, but different stations of men needed different times - to overcome this the shells had to be dropped in sequence. You couldn't have two disc brake shells after each other or two Heralds, it all had to be worked out by the guys on the electrical panel, and they had to work out the sequence on that central line to bring the shell bodies in line. One mistake and the shell was fitted with the wrong parts. The typists had to print out the order of the shells and within seconds send to the stores and all concerned to place overhead the parts in order to meet the shells - everything was timed to the second, otherwise the track was stopped, costing thousands of pounds. I was one of the operators on the control panel. This was a completely Coventry idea and practise, and revolutionised car building, and the head engineers and people from all over the world came to see it. Hope this helps - any questions, ask.
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busman
Corley
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167 of 170  Sat 14th Dec 2019 7:08pm  
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Well except Ford were doing that in USA by 1920
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Kaga simpson
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168 of 170  Sun 15th Dec 2019 11:26am  
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busman, really I had no idea. The manager and engineer of General Motors Detroit asked me questions about the system, even offered me work in their factory, and they were from Detroit - could it be because of different models and types, or did they build differently and not from shells, and fed parts from overhead? We were told it was the first in the world. Would love to see pictures of their track method.
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Kaga simpson
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169 of 170  Sun 15th Dec 2019 11:50am  
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busman. Just found it on Google - brilliant. Like I said, I had no idea back in the fifties, haven't bothered about it since. Yes, obviously the idea came from there - we live and learn. Thank you.
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bohica
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170 of 170  Sun 15th Dec 2019 7:20pm  
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Ford was years ahead of the game and wasted nothing. Even the wooden crates that components were delivered in were heavily specified. He disassembled them and used them in his cars.
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