8/9/21 12:00 AM
No matter how well your manufacturing operations are running, you can usually count on one hindrance within it - bottlenecks. No matter how prepared or capable your system is, they usually tend to develop organically or spontaneously or born within some upstream or downstream process or rate changes.
Bottlenecks represent processes or operations that have limited capacity and reduce the capacity of the entire production chain. They can cause delays in production and may be costly for your company if they are not resolved.
The presence of bottlenecks can cause:
As these bottlenecks are presented, project managers are asking themselves how they can possibly be able to manage them within their supply chain. Lean management tools and techniques can help you identify and resolve the problems caused by the bottlenecks.
The goal of lean production is to minimize waste and all activities that are not valuable to the production process. Removing waste from the system reduces the time required for production while improving the quality of products and reducing the overall costs. These techniques are especially useful to alleviate the more static elements in production such as materials staging and inventory warehousing.
Since bottlenecks can limit capacity and inventory is being held back, it is important to chart the points of production to readily identify the areas where bottlenecks are present. As these bottlenecks are identified, there are a variety of approaches that a production facility can take in order to manage them:
Further analysis and management of bottlenecks can be attained through the Theory of Constraints (TOC). This theory commonly used by lean manufacturers describes why bottleneck management is extremely important within a supply chain: increasing capacity leads to increases in profits. Lean manufacturing principles in general can relieve bottlenecks and improve production flow by reducing materials-related and inventory-related bottleneck challenges.
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The implementation of an Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) Software will take your manufacturing operations to the next level of production efficiency by taking advantage of the operational data you already possess in your ERP system. APS is a step in the right direction of efficiency and lean manufacturing production enhancement. Try out a free trial or our demo!