Manufacturing, Customization, And Restoration

Manufacturing used to consist mainly of producing products by hand or with a few tools.  Someone skilled in a particular trade, such as a carpenter or tanner, might take on apprentices and train them in that particular field.  As the use of specialized machinery grew, products were able to be manufactured at a quicker pace. 


Machine-based manufacturing didn’t always offer much, if any at all, customization choices.  For example, the Model T, completed in 1908 by the Ford Motor Company, is said to have only been produced in black from around 1914 until about 1926.  Henry Ford is recorded as having said, “Any customer can have a car painted any color that he wants so long as it is black.”[1]



Today, with the help of mass customization, consumers are afforded a variety of choices in colors, designs, and sizes.  Manufacturers can combine mass production and mass customization techniques to offer consumers choices at relatively reasonable costs.  Despite the increased options that mass customization brings, manufacturers, in an effort to maintain manageability and cost-effectiveness, may limit the number of choices available to consumers.


Small or medium-sized business, offering customized products, that adapt the mentality, 'the sky's the limit', can fill the void for a customer struggling to find that perfect and unique item.  Here at Prism Products, our mission includes catering to the desire to be different.


Prism has delved into restoration of acoustic snare and bass drums and will soon begin reselling them to the consumer. We hope to outline the process of our restoration and customization methods in future articles.

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