Production management’s responsibilities are summarized by the “five M’s”: men, machines, methods, materials, and money.
“Men” refers to the human element.
Choosing the suitable machines and methods of the company makes the production process and the ability of workers to adapt to equipment and schedules flexible.
The production manager’s responsibility for materials includes the management of flow processes—both physical (raw materials) and information (paperwork). The smoothness of resource movement and data flow is determined largely by the fundamental choices made in the design of the product and in the process to be used.
The manager’s concern for money is explained by the importance of financing and asset utilization to most manufacturing organizations.
The production manager must plan and control the process of production so that it moves smoothly at the required level of output while meeting cost and quality objectives.