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 "Production" is considered to be the rendering of a product or service into useable form, giving added value. Added value simply means it is now worth more. For example: A tree is has worth, if you cut it down, cut it up into boards {a usable form}; the wood is now worth more. {It has added value}.

In EXP10, we defined "technology" as anything that makes things easier, faster, safer or more convenient with the intent, or for the purpose of, improving our standard of living and improve quality of life.

 As a result it should be no surprise that, according to the Curriculum Guide No.148 of the Nova Scotia Education Production Technology Guide, the rationale behind production technology is: to put into use material processes and systems to produce artifacts to improve the quality of existence for humankind.

Production technology carries with it significant historical value with major social implications. We will look at the role of  production technology in shaping the world and the people of today. 
There are 3 types of production  within most cultures:

Industrial Production technology can be broken into three main Production Systems:

 

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Boat building, Margaree N.S.

Some time manufacturing doesn't involve production lines and large numbers, that you might see at Michelin Tire or Ford. In the case of boat builders and aircraft manufacturers they are more customized, but they incorporate assembled components into their finished product in a factory facility.

 

 Each production system has many forms or sectors that are controlled or utilized by industry, any branch or collective enterprise of business, trade or manufacturing, for example: "the fishing industry" or "the steel industry" Again, the purpose of industries is to address people's wants and needs. Within the community of industries there exists an interdependence, not limited to the separate industries themselves, but between production technology systems and other technology systems, such as communication and transportation technology systems.

Fraser's mill in Margaree N.S. is a processing facility. They harvest trees, and saw them into lumber that may be used for either the construction industry to produce such things as houses and boats, or for the manufacturing of such things as furniture and crafts. Some of what they produce, perhaps along with what was considered waste, is sold directly as fire wood. Construction systems erected the mill in the first place utilizing manufactured tools and equipment. Today, the mill relies on manufactured tools and machinery, as well as manufacturing techniques to process it's trees and lumber. It is probably safe to say that manufacturing has become the center of all industries as it produces products that continually expand the efficiency and capabilities of all areas of technology.

In each  Production system, all of which produce and service our society’s wants and needs, the process can be subdivided into the necessary resources of production.

Some of these resources are depicted here are called "the four factors of production. Our curriculum guide further breaks down production resources into, what they call the Seven "M's" of production: 

 

Using the information above, complete the following jigsaw puzzle:

Across
1. The decision making component of any production system.
2. A site where workers move all about a large project.
4. What actually makes the product.
7. The element dealing with supply and demand.
9. The rendering of a product into a usable form giving added value.
10. Anything that makes things easier, faster, safer or more convenient.
11. The human aspect of any production system.
Down
1. Factory setting where the work comes to a stationary worker to perform
 a task.
3. A key factor in determining the efficiency of an operation.
4. The very substance that all products are made.
5. A branch or collection of enterprises of business, trade or manufacturing.
6. Gathering of raw materials and changing them into a usable form.
8. It takes this to make this, especially in production.


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