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Capacity Constraints

What would be some different types of capacity and the constraints that an Dry Cleaners could act on now and in the future?

What are different types of forecasting methods that a Dry Cleaners uses?

How would a short-term and long-term demand forecasts be generated?

What would be other uses for forecasts for capacity planning?
What would be some options that a Dry Cleaner has in terms of relaxing or eliminating constraints and increasing capacity?

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Capacity Constraints: Dry Cleaners

Types of capacity and the constraints: current and future
It was discussed in an online source (http://www.leanproduction.com/theory-of-constraints.html) that constraints may be categorized into types. These types may also be applicable to a dry cleaner company which is the focus of this report:
1. Physical. These are constraints in machineries and equipment. It is possible that these have limits as to their capacity or the number of units they are capable of producing. They are limited also as to machine-hours in which they could be operated. Also under this type are people and space. People have limits as to production capabilities - they are limited as to their knowledge and skills. Production plant space is also limited, hence a constraint to operations as well.
2. Policy. These are company rules, regulations, and procedures. These may be related to human resource management such as compensations, benefits, and several others that may have de-motivated or demoralized people. Included here are government policies that may have adversely affected operations.
3. Paradigm. This may include organizational culture - beliefs and traditions that may have been instilled in the system. A belief that a just-in-time inventory policy is effective could constrain production decisions.
4. Market. This is another constraint because it ...

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The expert examines the capacity constraints.