The Whole works

United Kingdom, 1954

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Records the reorganization of production in accordance with Work Study principles at a British engineering firm. The firm’s problem was that it made a variety of products in limited numbers and, in addition, worked in cramped buildings. Meetings and discussions over models and diagrams of the present system by which material moved up and down and in and out of the works, and plans of other systems, resulted in the designing of a more efficient flow line running at right angles to the previous one. This meant moving two hundred machines without stopping production. In addition, Departments were each grouped with their own stores and offices, and the production control office streamlined.


production company

Basic Films

British Productivity Council


Leon Clore



Production places
United Kingdom
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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Design, Industrial

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Factory management

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Industrial productivity

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Labor productivity

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Work practice

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Design, Industrial

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




Black and White


16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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