A Brief History Of Machines

Machinery has become an essential part of our lives, we use machinery on a daily basis and most times we don’t even think twice about it as it is such a common part of our daily routine, machines come in all shapes and sizes, small pocketable machines such as watches and phones to larger household machines such as kitchen appliances and washing machines, and much larger industrial grade large scale production machines such of which are used in factories and for the production of consumer goods.

Machines have made our lives much much easier in every way possible, it has made us forget the era where we would measure time with sundials and hourglasses and the time when letters were sent to people living far away from you, machines have made everything much easier than it used to be, here is a brief history of how machines have affected our lives and some jobs machines have replaced.

Textile industry

The textile industry is an important industry that fulfills our clothing needs, and this is the industry which was affected the most by industrialization and machinery, signs of textile making can be found dating back to 5000 BC, In order to make textiles, the fundamental necessity is a source of fiber and a yarn will be made from that, originally that was done by spinning. The yarn is prepared by weaving or knitting to create cloth. The machine used for weaving is the loom. Cloth is finished by what are described as wet processes to become fabric. The fabric is then dyed, printed or decorated by embroidering with colored yarns.

Glass Making

Glass making is a hard task, it is handling a very fragile substance at very high temperatures, even the slightest bit of failure can lead to a whole batch being discarded so the margin of error is very little. In the beginning, glass making was sluggish and expensive, it was a luxury item that only the rich could afford and enjoy. discovery of new techniques such as “glass blowing”  around the end of the 1st century and was a revolutionary event in the history of glass making and it took the market by storm as it was an easy, cheap and less time-consuming way to make glass. The glass blowing made glass production simpler, quicker and more affordable and glass was available to ordinary citizens for a price tag that wasn’t that hefty and was affordable.

The Steam Engine

Trains were a breakthrough in transportation in the 1700s which made the industrial revolution take off, this idea of a steam engine was presented by “Thomas Newcomen”

Newcomen called his invention the “atmospheric steam engine,” his invention was originally used to pump out water from mine shafts, In the 1760s, James Watt, a Scottish engineer started playing around with one of Newcomen’s model, adding another water condenser that made it far more effective than it already was. Watt later joined hands with Matthew Boulton to invent a steam engine with a rotating movement, which was a key discovery that would allow steam power to spread across British industries.

The locomotive

The steam engine mentioned above was the beginning of something that would take the world by storm and be useful to people for centuries after its invention, I’m talking about the locomotive which was the forefather of the trains we use today. This invention made transporting goods easier than ever, it revolutionized road transportation across Britain. The first known kerosene rail vehicle was a draisine built by Gottlieb Daimler in 1887. the train that we use today is way more advanced than the ones we used in the past, the trains of the old days were slow and sluggish and often took weeks to reach father cities, but nowadays these distances can be covered in a number of days, the trains of today are more advanced and much faster with advanced safety and more capacity to load passengers or cargo.

These machines of the past are the reason and forefathers of the machines we use in our everyday life, we would not have any machinery if it wasn’t for the industrialization era that took Europe by storm, nowadays machinery is so common you can buy used machinery for very reasonable prices.

Pakistan is a developing country which is trying to increase its industry and for that machinery plays a very vital role, the hub of this industrialization is Karachi and people are always looking for machinery for sale in Karachi people who want to enter the business field, no matter what business it is machinery is important and no industry can really function without machines in this day and age.