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Mass Production and Consumption

Though mass production essentially refers to the manufacture of a product on a large scale, it generally has a more specific meaning. The term is most commonly associated with the production of large quantities of standardized goods using assembly-line techniques. It was the introduction of this approach to industrial production that transformed much of twentieth-century manufacturing, and supported the flood of goods into consumer markets (and into other markets such as the Second World War's military forces).

Assembly-Line Production

In an assembly line, the good that is the end of production is constructed in a step-by-step fashion, in which successive components are put together and specific operations performed (e.g., the parts of a car are fitted together, paints are sprayed onto the body, and so on). ...

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