The automobile and the rise of mass production in the united states: early american system of manufacturing. In the united states, we start to see a really distinctive way of manufacturing that started during the first industrial revolution. Labeled the american system of manufacturing it is characterized by: A. the use of specialized machinery (single or special purpose machine tools) With interchangeable and standardized parts, all machines are created alike; this is because each part of the machine is created from a mould and these parts are interchangeable. Interchangeable parts: history development of interchangeable parts brings about uniformity and precision although ideas can be traced back to 18th century france, idea of uniform parts associated with american system of manufacturing. Eli whitney inventor and manufacturer of muskets late 18th/early 19th centuries. By 1798 whitney near bankruptcy; wanted to get into arms manufacturing.