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Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: ManufacturingEra: 1960-1969DateCreated: 1966Robbins & Lawrence ArmoryWindsorState: VTZip: 05089Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-m-z/manufacturing---2/-119-american-precision-museumCreator: Battison, Edwin Albert
In fulfilling a contract for 25,000 U.S. Army rifles (Model 1841) and a like quantity for the British government, Robbins and Lawrence were the first to achieve interchangeability of parts on a fully practical level, contributing greatly to all subsequent mass production of machine products. This was made possible by the systematic improvement and refinement of existing standard and special-purpose machine tools, enabling them to perform with the close-limit precision essential for "repeatability" and thus interchangeability (see the American Precision Museum).
YearAdded:
1987
Image Credit: Courtesy Flickr/Liz West (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: American Precision MuseumEra_date_from: 1966
Lawrence Experiment Station
Society: ASCEMain Category: CivilSub Category: Civil Engineering ProfessionEra: 1880-1889DateCreated: 188637 Shattuck StreetLawrenceState: MAZip: 01843Country: USAWebsite: https://www.asce.org/project/lawrence-experimental-station/Creator: Mills, Hiram Francis, Hazen, Allen

Some of the station's notable achievements:  
The first method for detecting radioactive particles in water supplies  
A successful system of slow-sand filter beds for drinking water  
The landmark demonstration that microorganisms carried within filter media could degrade sewage 

YearAdded:
1975
Image Credit: Public Domain (Author's Choice)Image Caption: Lawrence Experiment StationEra_date_from: 1886
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