This acclaimed series answers the question "How do they make that?"
Geared toward a general audience, How Products Are Made explains
in easy-to-understand language the manufacturing process of a wide variety
of items, from everyday household products to heavy machinery to sophisticated
electronic equipment. It provides a step-by-step description of the manufacturing
and assembly process (complete with illustrations) as well as background
and related information: who invented the product, how it works, raw materials
used, quality control procedures, applications, by-products generated,
possible future developments, etc. Vintage product photographs and sidebars
relating historical trivia are provided, and a multi-level cumulative
index is available for ready reference.
The first volume was published in 1994 and featured such diverse products
as air bag, aspirin, automobile, bar code scanner, candle, chewing gum,
compact disc, laser guided missile, lipstick, optical fiber, peanut butter,
rayon, satellite dish, trumpet, washing machine, and zirconium, among
many others. This has led to six other volumes containing over 600 entries
such as accordion, ,
ambulance, , , , , DVD player, fake fur, golf cart, hockey puck, , , lollipop,
Thomson machine gun, TV dinner, ,
, and .
How Products are Made has garnered positive reviews from readers
and critics alike. A reviewer from American Reference Books Annual
wrote, "Whether a junior high school student, an undergraduate, or
a layperson, one will find informative and easy-to-read essays. This work
is recommended for most reference collections." Another reviewer
at Booklist wrote, "This useful volume belongs on the shelves
of secondary school, public, and academic libraries."