Below is the great graphic from FollowMyVote.com that makes it easy it easy to explain and understand.
To further illustrate what is happening with blockchain and voting, one could go to the Expanse demo on voting on show some more specifics on blockchain voting events the last election (admittedly a dangerous thing to do in front of US citizens, I would prefer to do this in Canada :-)
The point is that it shows how votes are anonymously transacted as a "VoteEvent".
As it relates to manufacturing, blockchain could be used for a distributed, immutable transactional database could be used to, as Cubichain Technologies states:
"To deliver a secure and verifiable Digital Thread combined with Factory Floor deployment of advanced machine vision, X-ray Fluorescence and advanced 3D scanning techniques to identify build tampering, verify build material and certify build metrology."
There is a loose MTConnect analogy regarding an open source component as stated on Cubichain's homepage:
"Cubichain is utilizing the open source blockchain solution MultiChain which provides the ideal blockchain infrastructure required to enforce a reliable Digital Thread in the Additive Manufacturing indust