Robbins & Lawrence
Machine Shop

120 Robbins Lawrence Machine Shop 1846

site of first machine shop to achieve interchangeable manufacture on a practical scale

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). Simultaneously the firm introduced the milling machine and the turret lathe into routine commercial usage for production manufacturing. The social implications of this technological revolution have been universal.

120 Robbins Lawrence Machine Shop main Robbins & Lawrence,
Armory, Windsor, VT


Landmark Location
see American Precision Museum website
196 South Main Street
Windsor, VT 05089

Visiting Info
American Precision Museum

Ceremony Notes
May 1987