Do-It-Yourself Kit for Small & Medium Size Enterprises for Manufacturing

Rajeev Athavale

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72 pages

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Business owners, Managers, Shop Floor workers, Academics, Consultants, Executives and Implementers




Buffer Management and Drum-Buffer-Rope


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You may ask a question:

If I want to implement TOC without becoming an expert, is there a way?

And the answer to the question is “Yes”.
Of course, it does not mean that you don’t need to learn TOC at all. You need to gain some basic knowledge about TOC and have a good understanding of the application that you are going to implement.

Can this be done in a short time?

Again, the answer is “Yes”.
This is necessary, but not sufficient. After having understood the basics, you need a set of instructions about how to implement. And this is precisely the objective of the eBooks by Rajeev Athavale.

This Do-It-Yourself manual provides step-by-step instruction for implementing the Theory of Constraints\\\' application for Manufacturing.

This eBook is designed for Business Owners, Managers, Consultants and Implementers in the business of manufacturing who are faced with any of the following challenges:

  • do you have problems in delivering orders on time?
  • is your lead time increasing over a period of time?
  • do you have high inventory on the shop floor?

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As a complement to this book, the author highly recommends the following 2 learning tools to provide a deeper understanding of how the DBR solution works.

TOC Self Learning Program on Operations

DBR and Buffer Management

Dr. Goldratt reveals how to replicate Alex Rogo's achievements described in The Goal. Learn the TOC applications of Drum-Buffer-Rope (the logistics) and Buffer Management (the control) which enable organizations to transform operations to higher performance levels.

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TOC Insights into Operations

DBR, Buffer Management, Difference between Plant type A, type T and type I

This learning tool is an interactive presentation containing detailed knowledge for applying the Theory of Constraints into Operations. Includes examples, case studies and simulations.

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  • Copyright Information
  • This book is dedicated to
  • Preface
  • I am thankful to…
  • Check the Symptoms
  • How to Go About Implementing
  • Overview
  • The Vicious Cycle
  • How to Reverse the Vicious Cycle – The Solution
  • Phase 1 : Set up the basic system
  • Chapter 1 : Gather Data
  • Chapter 2 : Preparation – One Time Actions
  • Chapter 3 : Order Execution
  • Chapter 4 : Maintaining the Workload and Speed of Execution
  • Chapter 5 : Identify the Constraint
  • Chapter 6 : Decide how to get maximum work out of the Constraint
  • Chapter 7 : Create a bank of work in front of the Constraint
  • Chapter 8 : Manage the non-constraints
  • Non-constraints before the Constraint:
  • Non-constraints after the Constraint:
  • Chapter 9 : Do’s and Don’ts
  • Do’s:
  • Don’ts:
  • Chapter 10 : Gather data
  • Phase 2 : Implement Drum-Buffer-Rope (DBR)
  • Chapter 1 : Preparations
  • Chapter 2 : Plan and execute orders.
  • Chapter 3 : Buffer Management
  • Holes in Constraint Buffer
  • Holes in Assembly Buffer
  • Holes in Shipping Buffer
  • Chapter 4 : Gather Data
  • Chapter 5 : Managing Critical Purchased Materials
  • Modes of Purchasing
  • Items Purchased for Customer Orders or Based on Forecast
  • Items Purchased for Stock
  • Chapter 6 : Move to Simplified Drum-Buffer-Rope (SDBR)
  • Brief Description
  • SDBR Steps
  • SDBR Control
  • Red-line Control
  • Planned Load Control
  • SDBR Rules
  • Chapter 7 : Decision Making
  • Phase 3 : Take Next Leap in the Performance
  • Chapter 1 : Check the original Questionnaire, once again
  • Chapter 2 : (Evaluate alternative Ways to) Elevate the Constraint
  • Chapter 3 : What Next?
  • Available Software: (in random order)
  • Appendix A - Overview of Five Focusing Steps
  • Step 1: Identify the Constraint
  • What is Constraint?
  • How do you find the Constraint?
  • Types of Constraints
  • Step 2: Decide How to Exploit the Constraint
  • Step 3: Subordinate Everything Else (to the Above Decision)
  • What is subordination?
  • How easy or difficult is to subordinate?
  • What does subordination practically mean?
  • Step 4: (Evaluate Various Alternatives to) Elevate the Constraint
  • Step 5: Go back to Step 1 (Do not let the inertia to set in).
  • How do you know that you are managing the Constraint?
  • Identifying the Constraint
  • Time Management
  • Customer Service Level
  • Utilization
  • Improvement
  • Inventory
  • Cash flow
  • Appendix B - Bibliography