The other day I was mulling over what I might be familiar with in the industrial control/factory floor arena. When I was very young, my father owned a small machine shop, then a larger production facility. The product doesn’t matter -- you’d probably laugh. What does come to mind is that he worked in an unventilated environment for years with plastics that were being heated to high temperatures. He may have been spared many eventual health issues had OSHA, which formed in 1971, been in place, or had a faster process existed.
The Duesenberg Factory Floor.
(Source: Racemaker Press)
How have industrial engineering and the industrial environment changed over the years? What constitute the most important industrial innovations? Which do you personally think is the most compelling? Here’s a timeline of some industrial-strength highlights:
I realize there are wide gaps here. Can you fill them in? If you add items in comments, please provide approximate dates. Sometimes it’s important to look back while the future arrives at breakneck speed.