Improving System Performance: The Theory of Constraints and an Application in a Production Firm

Engin Kurtcan, Erkam Güresen, Badahir Glülsün and Senim Özgürler


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Level of TOC knowledge acquired:

Intermediate

Length:

11 pages

Designed for:

Consultants, Executives, Implementers, Managers and Shop Floor workers

Topics:

Ongoing Improvement and Operations/Production

Application:

Buffer Management, Drum-Buffer-Rope and Five Focusing Steps

Language:

English

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Theory of constraints (TOC) is a technique that produces solutions for every kind of bottleneck in a short time. The philosophy of the theory is to determine the weaker part of the process chain and to eliminate this constraint point by taking action. After improvement, the next weaker part of the process chain is determined, and so on,for continuous improvement. The main goal is to apply improvement actions continuously to reach an excellent system structure. This paper describes how the five main steps of the theory of constraints were applied to eliminate waste at a supplier firm in Turkey.

Content

  • Main Concepts of TOC
  • Philosophy of TOC
  • Methodology of Drum-Buffer-Rope
  • Identification of the system's constraints
  • Deciding on how to exploit the system's constraints
  • Subordinating everything else to the above decision
  • Elevating the system's constraints
  • If in the previous steps a constraint has been broken, going back to the first step
  • Conslusion


Content

  • Main Concepts of TOC
  • Philosophy of TOC
  • Methodology of Drum-Buffer-Rope
  • Identification of the system's constraints
  • Deciding on how to exploit the system's constraints
  • Subordinating everything else to the above decision
  • Elevating the system's constraints
  • If in the previous steps a constraint has been broken, going back to the first step
  • Conslusion