Fortune magazine recently shared some wise words from Henry Ford. The inventor and business mogul said way back in 1923, “Be ready to revise any system, scrap any method, abandon any theory, if the success of the job requires it.”
The following are some innovations from Ford that we’ve seen in just the last few years…
Plasma transferred wire arc process is an engine technology that allows Ford to forego the heavy, cast-iron liners in its aluminum engine. The result is an engine that six pounds lighter. That is an enormous improvement.
Originally created by Alcoa, Micromill is an innovative type of aluminum. Traditionally, aluminum was a light metal but prone to easy shaping. Not Micromill. It’s lightweight and strong. Ford embraced the new material and used it in its award-winning 2016 Ford F-150.
It’s not the vehicles themselves that get all of the attention. Ford is consistently revising its manufacturing process as well. In fact, the Ford facility in Dearborn, MI has been revamped over the last decade, with the addition of “new robotics, stamping equipment, chemical and heat treatments, and an aluminum-recycling system.”
Today, the company that Ford started is taking his advice more than ever.