American Textile Machinery; Its Early History, Characteristics, Contributions To The Industry Of…

Paperback | January 15, 2012

byJohn Lord Hayes

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1879. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... industry of manufacturing machinery, as a distinct business, had no existence in this country. The factory system and the movement of textile machinery by power demanded the construction of great numbers of pieces of machinery of the same dimensions, and also the construction of works of nice mechanism, which the mere handcraftsmen could not supply in sufficient number, nor with requisite precision of construction. The application of power to the production of machinery, and the creation of machine tools, and therewith of the special art of the machinist, were the necessary result of the introduction of the factory system. The first important independent machine shop of which we can find trace, though there may have been others, is that erected by David Wilkinson, the brother-in-law of Slater. He was the inventor and introducer of the first self-acting engine lathe known in this country, the earliest of that series of inventions which have substituted the iron arm for the weak and uncertain human hand, and have caused, at least in the manufacturing world, the file, the plane, the chisel, the auger, the drill, in the hand of man, to disappear, except for the most trivial purposes. "» The relations of Wilkinson with Slater sufficiently establish that the dawn of this revolution was coeval with that of the introduction of the factory system. The time, however, had not arrived for the successful introduction of the independent machine shops. At this period, and indeed for many years subsequently, the machinery for new mills was generally constructed by workmen directly employed by the mills, and the shops attached to the mills were established in the basements of the factory building, and were moved by the motive-power of the factory. The successful establishme...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1879. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... industry of manufacturing machinery, as a distinct business, had no existence in this country. The factory system and the movement of...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:22 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:January 15, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217163122

ISBN - 13:9780217163125

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