Theory of Constraints Deployment

 

Theory of Constraints doesn’t garner the same attention as lean manufacturing or Six Sigma. Nevertheless, its employment by the IndustryWeek Best Plants winners and finalists is robust. As the accompanying table shows, more than one-third of respondents have extensively implemented it, and more than 80% are making some use of TOC.

Please indicate the extent to which the Theory of Constraints has been implemented? (% of plants)
Year None
Some Significant Complete*
2008 20 35 35 10
2009 10 40 45 5
2010 15 45 40
2011 19 44 38
2012 18 47 35
2008-2012 17 41 39 3

* ‘Complete’ was eliminated as an option as of 2010.

Source: Industry Week Best Plants Benchmarking Database

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