Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. The process of manufacturing products on a large scale.
n. the production of large quantities of a standardized article (often using assembly line techniques)
Mass production or flow production is the production of large amounts of standardized products, including and especially on assembly lines. Together with job production and batch production, it is one of the three main production methods.
The term mass production was popularized by a 1926 article in the Encyclopedia Britannica supplement that was written based on correspondence with Ford Motor Company. The New York Times used the term in the title of an article that appeared before publication of the Britannica article.
The concepts of mass production are applied to various kinds of products, from fluids and particulates handled in bulk (such as food, fuel, chemicals, and mined minerals) to discrete solid parts (such as fasteners) to assemblies of such parts (such as household appliances and automobiles).
Mass production is a diverse field, but it can generally be contrasted with craft production or distributed manufacturing. Some mass production techniques, such as standardized sizes and production lines, predate the Industrial Revolution by many centuries; however, it was not until the introduction of machine tools and techniques to produce interchangeable parts were developed in the mid 19th century that modern mass production was possible.
Mass Production was an American funk/ disco musical group, best known for their 1979 hit, " Firecracker." Based in Norfolk, Virginia, the ten-piece group had a series of minor R&B hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s. "Firecracker" is commonly misattributed to the similarly named (and sonically/stylistically similar) band Brass Construction.
The band consisted of Kevin "D'No" Douglas ( bass and vocals), James "Otiste" Drumgole ( trumpet, flugelhorn, and vocals), Agnes "Tiny" Kelly ( lead vocals, vocoder; later replaced by Dee (DeeDee) Henderson), Larry Marshall (lead vocals, percussion), Gregory McCoy ( saxophone), Emmanuel Redding (percussion), Ricardo Williams (lead vocals, drums, percussion), Tyrone Williams (keyboards), Rodney Phelps ( lead guitar, keyboards) and LeCoy Bryant ( rhythm guitar, vocals). Phelps left the band prior to the recording of their 1980 Massterpiece album, leaving Bryant to handle all guitar duties. Phelps was later replaced by Dan Harris ( lead guitar). Dan Harris toured with the group as a freelance guitarist for a couple of years then left the band to work as a recording session musician. The band would soon expand back to ten, with Samuel Williams joining on drums in the early 1980s, allowing Ricardo Williams to concentrate more on vocals.
In addition to "Firecracker," which hit number four on the R&B chart in the late summer of 1979, other hits by the band include "Cosmic Lust", "Groove Me", and "Shante." The group stayed together for several more years, scoring a string of small hits, before deciding to disband in 1983.
"Firecracker" was sampled by 2 Live Crew for their 1989 hit single " Me So Horny", from their album As Nasty As They Wanna Be.
Mass production is the production of large amounts of standardized products, including and especially on assembly lines.
Mass Production may also refer to:
- Mass Production (band), an American funk/disco group
- Mass Production (Iggy Pop), a track from the album The Idiot