Business: Automatic Factory

In a compact little factory on the outskirts of Washington, executives and technicians from 200 companies in the electronics industry last week inspected a secret project of the Navy. After three years, and $4,700,000 spent in experiments on "Project Tinkertoy," the Navy and the National Bureau of Standards had developed an almost automatic assembly line for many electronic parts.

Since the end of World War II, the Navy has been worried about bottlenecks in the electronics industry which might slow up war production in a national emergency. While electronic equipment is used in...

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