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The Manufacturing Process

Video Overview
The steps of the manufacturing process are demonstrated in a factory setting. Follow along as several of these steps are carried out at Alabama’s Sloss Furnaces. Watch as the raw material (iron ore) is 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. Learn how the customer benefits from the increased efficiency in the manufacturing process. >
Extension Activities

Using Lesson 3 in the Teacher’s Curriculum Guide, students will follow a step-by-step explanation of the processes involved in manufacturing. Student Activity #3 “Making an Athletic Shoe” will encourage students to formulate questions about the manufacturing process and to demonstrate the actual steps used to manufacture an athletic shoe. Have students view the manufacturing process in action as it takes place in an iron ore factory on the video. Use “The Manufacturing Process” chart (page 9) to walk students through the complete manufacturing process. The first steps begin with the raw materials obtained through drilling, mining, or harvesting. The second step is the conversion of the materials into standard stock by one of two processes: chemical or mechanical. The next step uses the material to create an industrial or “usable” product by one or more of the following processes: casting and molding, separating, conditioning, forming, assembling, and finishing. All of these steps result in a finished product. Keep in mind as the efficiency of the manufacturing process increases, the price of that product decreases.

Alabama Course of Study

Career Technologies-Physical Technologies: Manufacturing Technologies
6th-8th Grades
1.) Identify basic concepts and processes associated with the manufacturing technology area being studied.
2.) Describe applications of the manufacturing technology area being studied.
3.) Demonstrate an application of a manufacturing technology process in the area being studied.

Social Studies
6th Grade
6.) Identify cultural and economic development in the society of the United States from 1877 through the 1930’s.
9.) Identify changes in the American home front during World War II.

Career Technologies-Physical Technologies: Manufacturing Technologies
9th&10th Grades
1.) Explain the various production processes involved in the manufacturing technology area being studied.
3.) Explain why quality control is an important and necessary step in the manufacturing process.
6.) Summarize steps involved in designing and producing manufactured products.

Economics
12th Grade
4.) Explain the impact of the labor market on the market economy of the United States.

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  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Hugh Kaul Foundation
  • Monte L. Moorer Foundation
  • Sybil H. Smith Charitable Trust
Web-Interactive Field Trips
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    A state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • The Stephens Foundation
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
e-Learning for Educators/ APT Learn Online
  • Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham
  • U.S. Department of Education
STEM Education Initiative
  • Ann & Alfred F. Delchamps, Jr. Charitable Fund
  • BBVA Compass Bank
  • Beverly and Gary Cooper Charitable Fund
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
General Educational Support
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Books-A-Million
  • Honda Manufacturing of Alabama
  • Publix
  • Wells Fargo
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Power
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children's of Alabama
  • Publix
  • US Space & Rocket Center
American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Southern Education Desk
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting