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Ball Brothers Mason Jar Study
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Purdue ID NumberMSP7av4
TitleBall Brothers Mason Jar Study
SubjectsMotion study
Time study
Psychology, Industrial
Industrial engineering
Ball Brothers Company, inc.
AbstractThe film documents the motions of workers at the Ball Brothers Company, showing how worker efficiency was increased through elimination of wasted motion. Employees are shown assembling parts, stamping lids, inspecting glass jars, labeling and packing bottles, and packing jars. Jar lids and rings are assembled by workers from a conveyer belt. Specific workers whose name are known include Verl Mellott, "Tiny" Vanderburg, Bessie Allen, Marie King, Edgar Jones, "Mac" McCreery, Marcella Lykins, Mary Jones, and Wanda Hill. Employees appear to have worked at the Ball Brothers Company Plant Number 2 in Muncie, Indiana.
DescriptionFrank and Lillian Gilbreth were pioneers in the field of industrial management. Filmed time-motion studies were one method they used to attempt to find the "one best way" to do a myriad of tasks in industrial, office and domestic settings. Frank Gilbreth took over 250, 000 feet of 35 mm. film and was able to increase the efficiency of repetitive tasks in these settings.
ContributorsGilbreth, Frank Bunker, 1868-1924
Gilbreth, Lillian Moller, 1878-1972
Date of Original1918
Extent of Original39 min., 37 sec. : si., b&w.
Typemovingimage
Formatvideo
RepositoryPurdue University Libraries, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center.
CollectionFrank and Lillian Gilbreth papers, 1869-2000
Series TitleAudio Visual, circa 1915-1979
RightsPurdue University Libraries, Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections Research Center. For information regarding digital media requests, please visit http://www.lib.purdue.edu/scpol
Date Digitized2006
Digitization Information The preservation of the original film and its transfer to DVD was made possible by funding from the National Film Preservation Foundation and the Purdue University Libraries.
URIark:/34231/c66t0kn5
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