YES. We are on the same page now.
It’s the kind of thing that’s easier to show than to put into words.
For example, I could demonstrate this with a spatiotemporal database in, say Excel.
Lay out the steps of production as well as the logical ordering.
Each can have a distinct column.
But the only column requiring unique values is that of the date/time/space location value.
In all others there can be multiple “step 5” for example.