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Streamlining processes

KEY DATES

3rd century BCE The Romans mass-produce lamps. Instead of hand making them, they use two-part molds.

1760 The Industrial Revolution begins, moving from hand-production methods to specialized machines.

1730s US statesman Benjamin Franklin writes about waste reduction in industry in Poor Richard’s Almanack.

1900s Ford revolutionizes car manufacturing with mass production and standardization.

2010 In The Art of Invention, US inventor Steven J. Paley states that it is easier to innovate by adding complexity, but the best results come from simplification.

There are several ways that companies can improve their ...

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