How Much Are Production Line Bottlenecks Costing You?

$3,552,000! I know that seems like a lot. But that’s how much profit one winery was missing out on before they took steps to reduce the impact of the bottleneck on their production line. We’ve performed our Garvey Line Analysis with hundreds of companies. And, while the results vary, we typically find that companies are […]

How to Find the Constraint in Your Production Line

Do you know what the bottleneck is in your manufacturing process? The limiting factor that’s keeping you from ramping up your production or sometimes even meeting your goals? This bottleneck is your constraint, and it should be your top priority because it’s setting the pace for the rest of your line. Until you increase the […]

What Is Throughput? (And Why You Should Care)

Throughput is the #1 metric for assessing the quality of your production line. Not just an important metric, but the most important metric. In business-bottom-line terms, throughput is the difference between: Meeting your production goals and missing your targets Having a competitive advantage and falling behind Keeping your customers and losing them to someone who […]

Our Global Impact

Each year, vaccines are responsible for saving millions of lives around the globe. But with advancement comes new challenges. Proper transportation, storage, refrigeration, and packaging are vital in maintaining the high quality and potency of these life-saving vaccines. At Garvey, we’re proud to do our small part with our latest innovation, the Automatic Vial Dryer. […]

Maximizing Thruput: Choose Your Constraint

Most people’s approach to increasing production is to “identify ” the constraint. I believe there is a better approach. My approach is to look at the process and decide “where” you want the constraint. Once you shift your perspective to this method, your approach becomes proactive as opposed to a reactive. In a proactive approach, […]

Maximizing Thruput: The Myth of Efficiency

Efficiency improvement feels like a good thing. I mean it makes sense, doesn’t it? If we can make something more efficient, it stands to reason that it should improve the process. Not always. I propose that in most cases increases in efficiency will be of little benefit, if any, to the overall process. In fact, […]

Maximizing Thruput: Perspective and Airplanes

How would you like to have all your machines run at 100% efficiency? It would be great, would it not? However, how would like to be responsible for making all of your machines run at 100% efficiency?  You see, machines just don’t run at 100%. Airplanes, for example, with all their redundant backup systems still […]

Solutions in Action: With Rockwell Automation

Maximizing productivity is an objective all manufacturing facilities share. But on any integrated system, throughput is always constrained by the slowest machine on the line. “In other words, a typical manufacturing line is only as fast as its slowest machine,” said Tom Garvey, president, Garvey Corporation. “Our objective is to keep that constraint running at […]

Maximizing Thruput: Buffers!

The reason we put buffers into a system is to protect the constraint from the malfunctions of other machines. The last thing we want to do is to add downtime to the system caused by the buffers. That would defeat their whole purpose and render them useless. Buffers should be extremely simple in design principle. […]

Maximizing Thruput: Protect It

After the constraint has been chosen, or identified, the next step is to protect it. But, protect it from what? What you must protect the constraint from is the effect of malfunctions on machines that are non-constraints. You see, in a close-coupled system, anytime a non-constraint shuts down it immediately shuts down the constraint. This […]