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Theory of Constraints: Bottlenecks in Tube Manufacturing

Bottleneck in a tube manufacturing process.

Explain Theory of Constraints and how bottlenecks can be managed.

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The first thing you have been asked to do in your assignment is to explain the Theory of Constraints (TOC). In order to explain this theory you may note the following excerpt:

"The Theory of Constraints (TOC) is a philosophy of management and improvement originally developed by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and introduced in his book, The Goal. It is based on the fact that, like a chain with its weakest link, in any complex system at any point in time, there is most often only one aspect of that system that is limiting its ability to achieve more of its goal. For that system to attain any significant improvement, that constraint must be identified and the whole system must be managed with it in mind."
(Source: http://www.focusedperformance.com/toc01.html)

The Theory of Constraints may also be defined as, "a system improvement tool, which states that every system has one goal and it is achieved by many linked processes and out of those processes, one process acts like a bottleneck. So, this theory is utilized in order to remove that bottleneck and ultimately achieve higher productivity." An example of a bottleneck in a manufacturing process is if you have materials spending time waiting in between steps of the process. Also, another example of a bottle neck lies in the assembling operation, where if there are 5 stations and each station has different times for assembling e.g. 40 minutes, 50 ...

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This solution first defines the Theory of Constraints. It then provides information related to the benefits of the theory, before looking at how bottlenecks may be managed using Theory of Constraint applications and/or tools. This solution is adequately referenced.