The manufacturing process involves taking raw materials through a variety of steps to produce a finished product. Having an efficient manufacturing process greatly affects the cost of the product to the consumer. The steps of the manufacturing process are demonstrated in a factory setting, Alabama’s Sloss Furnaces. We see the raw material (iron ore) converted to a standard stock (steel) through a chemical process (heating) to refine the product. The product is then turned into an industrial product through a casting and molding process which consists of pouring or forcing a liquid material into a mold, where it hardens. We learn how the customer benefits from the increased efficiency in the manufacturing process.
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