• The first step is to distinguish between the two types of resources in your plant:
• Bottleneck — Any resource whose
capacity is equal or less than the market demand.
• Non-Bottleneck — Any resource whose
capacity is greater than the market demand.
• Market demand must be synchronized with the capacity of the Bottleneck and the Release of Material into the production system.
• Capacity constraints; i.e., Bottlenecks are not inherently bad or good, but they must be proactively managed! In fact, an unbalanced plant, properly managed, will typically outperform a balanced plant.
• Because the Bottleneck dictates the output of the plant, an hour lost at the Bottleneck is an hour lost forever… Never Starve the Bottleneck!