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, […]

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 […]