While Ford was first to introduce mass
production in recent times, the idea was
first developed in
Venice several hundred years earlier,
where ships were mass-produced using
pre-manufactured parts, and
Venice Arsenal apparently produced nearly
one ship every day, in what was effectively
the world's first
factory that, at its height, employed
Books were already mass produced since
Bible was published in the mid-1400s.
American Civil War, the
Springfield Armoury started to mass
produce guns, using
interchangeable parts on a large scale.
For this reason, even to this day the term
'Armoury Practice' is used in the
USA to refer to mass production.
Industrial Revolution simple mass production
techniques were used at the
Portsmouth Block Mills to manufacture
ships' pulley blocks for the
British Navy during the
Napoleonic Wars. It was also used in
the manufacture of clocks and watches, and
in the manufacture of small arms.