A drawing says more than a thousand words.
Basic model production process
Each natural or artificial production process can be described as follows: Information (3) in the form of process instructions and or examples, transforming (6) specified (1) raw materials (9) using energy (7) into specified (2) products (10). Waste (8) is released during the production process. External information (5) and (4) and whether an interruption of the material flow causes the transformation process (6) to start or stop. This model is also called the basic model of an (every) organization or organism.