The natural environment produces most everything humans need to survive. However, to attain knowledge, security, convenience, creature comforts and longevity, society relies on manufactured products and services. Derived from the Latin phrase manu factus, meaning to make by hand, manufacturing effects almost every aspect of our lives, from the cars we drive to the water we drink. The ability of a nation to meet the need of its inhabitants through the production of goods and services is a major determining factor in the prosperity and longevity of that nation. The ancient Romans were able to sustain a flourishing empire for several centuries through the development of freshwater transportation technology (aqueducts) and a well-maintained system of roads. These were achievable because Roman engineers were able to identify critical needs of the empire and developed products and methods to meet those needs. This article presents an introduction to manufacturing, production processes, and the concepts, technologies, and strategies employed to provide the high-quality products and services that make modern society possible.
February 1, 2009
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