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Inventions and technology in the "machine age"

Flying shuttle A machine that sped up the weaving process
Spinning Jenny Enabled spinners to spin cotton into thread very quickly
Cotton gin Cleaned cotton 50 times more quickly than a person could
Puddling This process used coke (derived from coal) to burn away impurities in iron ore
Patent The exclusive ownership of an invention
Open-hearth process A method that uses a special furnace to make many kinds of steel
Steam engine Could be built almost anywhere because the steam engine did not rely on water power
Mass production The manufacture of huge quantities of identical goods at cheap prices
Interchangeable parts Use of machine made parts
Division of labor Occurs by assigning workers to specialized tasks as a product moves along a conveyor belt from worker to worker
Assembly line Method where products are assembled in a moving line