Steinway & Sons. This essay is about the company Steinway & Sons and talks about the product and operation systems of this company.

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1. Introduction

The purpose of this report is to briefly define and analyze how Steinway & Sons incorporates various production operations standards within their everyday business functions. I have chosen the Vertical assembly process of the model K-52 that values and practices Steinway & Sons strategic vision.

2. History

German immigrant Henry Engelhard Steinway in a Manhattan loft on Varick Street founded Steinway & Sons in 1853. Henry was a master cabinetmaker who built his first piano in the kitchen of his Seesen, Germany home. By the time Henry established Steinway & Sons he had built 482 pianos. The first piano produced by the company, number 483, was sold to a New York family for $500. It is now displayed at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Steinway & Sons. "Steinway History")

Over the next forty years, Henry and his sons, Henry Jr., Albert, C.F. Theodore and Charles, developed the modern piano.

Almost half of the company's 114-patented inventions were developed during this period. Many of these late nineteenth-century inventions were based on emerging scientific research, including the acoustical theories of the renowned physicist Hermann von Helmholtz. (Steinway & Sons. "Steinway History")

Steinway's revolutionary designs and superior workmanship began receiving national recognition almost immediately. Starting in 1855, Steinway pianos received gold medals at several U.S. and European exhibitions. The company gained international recognition in 1867 at the Paris Exhibition when it was awarded the prestigious "Grand Gold Medal of Honor" for excellence in manufacturing and engineering. It was the first time an American company had received this award. Steinway pianos quickly became the piano of choice for many members of royalty and won the respect and admiration of the world's great pianists. (Steinway & Sons. "Steinway History")

In 1866 Steinway & Sons opened the first Steinway Hall on 14th...