A Manufacturing Business produces a physical product from parts and materials that it acquires from suppliers. On-time delivery of these consumable resources is critical to efficient production and product delivery schedules.

Consumable Resource Flow requires strong materials management that links the product and resource frameworks in "lockstep" under a combined set of core processes. This appears as the "dominant structure" in the enterprise architecture for the typical manufacturing business.

In contrast, Reusable Resource Flow is usually less critical to manufacturing production, and is managed through individual organization units. This appears as a "supporting structure" in the enterprise architecture.
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