Why interchangeable parts are important?
Interchangeable parts, popularized in America when Eli Whitney used them to assemble muskets in the first years of the 19th century, allowed relatively unskilled workers to produce large numbers of weapons quickly and at lower cost, and made repair and replacement of parts infinitely easier.
Why would interchangeable parts help production and business?
The idea was simple, if individual pieces of a machine were produced identically, then the final product would be identical to others. This would also allow for easy fixing of broken parts, allowing machine owners to simply order a replacement.
How are interchangeable parts used today?
For example, cars, computers, furniture, almost all products used today, are made from interchangeable parts. These parts are made with precision machines so each part can fit in any product that uses this part.
How does the interchangeable parts work?
Interchangeable parts are parts (components) that are, for practical purposes, identical. They are made to specifications that ensure that they are so nearly identical that they will fit into any assembly of the same type. One such part can freely replace another, without any custom fitting, such as filing.