Process modeling is a way to use software to simulate your manufacturing processes. Using this tool, you can drastically increase your company’s efficiency and profitability. You can use process modeling to: Set an accurate company budget, Plan next steps in the company vision, and Train your team on accurate procedures.   

 Set An Accurate Company Budget

Are the steps in your process model time bounded? If so, you can accurately calculate how long each manufacturing process takes. Also, consider documenting how many people are needed for each step in the process. With these two pieces of information, you can accurately determine how long each step takes to complete and how many people will be needed for each step. From here, you can create an annual budget based on man-hours. Don’t forget to allot budget to maintenance and upkeep.

 Plan Next Steps In The Company Vision

You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. Planning the next steps in your company vision is crucial to your growth and success. This planning stage usually begins with reviewing what’s broken and what’s working, then creating a plan to make it better. A process model is perfect for accessing every step in your current process. It also the best way to visualize ways to increase efficiency and profitability. When you find a step that’s broken, think through your strategy by drawing a new model and working out the kinks. 

Train Your Team On Accurate Procedures

As a leader in your company, you should know your company’s vision, goals, and objectives
backward and forward. But your job doesn’t stop there. You have to articulate this to your team on a regular basis and equip them with the tools to perform their jobs accurately and to strategize with you. Process models are the best tools for demonstrating key elements of your process to your team. When policies change or when training is needed, share process models with your team as a visual aid. Your team will always have a visual reference point. 

Bonus: Process Modeling Examples

This model is by David Lechevalier. This model shows two different input materials taking two different courses to the output.
This model is by John Gershenson. Here he has three different inputs representing three different contributors to the process. His model is partial so the output is unknown.
This model is by Engin Akçagün. Notice he begins with marketing management and ends with the customer. It’s all about the perspective of each model.


Process modeling gives managers and leaders the ability to convert a complex process into a simple model that everyone can comprehend. Models help the entire team understand every step of the process. They empower your team to contribute at a greater level. They draw attention to small steps in your processes that may be overlooked. Best of all, process modeling gives you the ability to be the articulate visionary you aspire to be.