Manufacturing & Production: Overview, Products & Services

Resources Designed to Support and Improve Manufacturing & Production Operations

What is Manufacturing & Production?

Manufacturing groups direct and optimize all of the processes required to turn raw materials or partially finished goods into finished products. Beyond just the simple process of physical production, these groups must coordinate the collection of all of the necessary inputs – ordering and receiving raw materials, warehousing or inventory, assembly line configuration, etc. As products and methods of production have become more complicated, manufacturing and production groups have grown more sophisticated to keep up with competition and meet the growing expectations of the consumer. A consequence of such competitive pressures is the development of technology and automation, which has made manufacturing more efficient and employees more productive (i.e., even as the volume and number of goods manufactured has increased, the number of workers required has declined).

Org Charts

A typical manufacturing & production function, or plant, is composed of several common sub-functions, or teams, that work together to design manufacturing processes, efficiently assemble products for sale and maintain the safety and overall performance of the production facility. Browse our manufacturing & production organization chart page to learn about the roles and responsibilities of each major function. Then, download our org chart template (PDF, Visio, PPT) to further understand manufacturing plant organizational structure, and support improvement efforts within manufacturing & production operations.

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Best Practices

Check out our manufacturing & production best practices page to view selected descriptions of work methods that have been proven to produce better results (as compared to other, similar methods). Want more? Download our Manufacturing & Production best practices guide, which provides a healthy selection of valuable best practices that can be incorporated to improve manufacturing & production operations. There might not be only one "best" way to perform every task. However, there is always a "better" way.