Constraints In The Goal

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The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox was an entertaining book that helps to explain the theory of constraints. The theory of constraints helps to explain that any production environment has at least one constraint that management will have to consider when running a plant. In this paper I will explain the principles that are presented within The Goal and then I would like to present a situation from my present job that I feel could be helped if some, or all, of the principles were instituted at my place of work.
To begin, there five basic steps that explain the theory of constraints and help direct anyone in a business towards the bigger goal of making money. The first is identifying the systems single, or multiple, constraints.
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There were a few different ways that they worked on this in The Goal. One of the first things that they did was to put the quality people in front of their heat-treating machine. One of the important things that this did was to keep parts from going through the constraint that weren’t going to be fit to advance beyond that stage in their process. By doing this, they would be able to only allow parts that were going to be made in to the final product instead of putting all of the parts through the constraint and then checking if they conformed to standards afterwards. They also were able to put different parts that needed the same amount of time being heat-treated together instead of only putting one part through the constraint at a time and wasting all of the available space they had for the machine. The company also looked into outsourcing some of the work to speed up the process. When they needed to get more parts out the door than they thought was possible they had the option of having another company produce that step in the process and bring it back to them so that they could then assemble the parts back at their …show more content…
After each vehicle is completed from the plant they go to our test building. The vehicles are then gone over to check that the fittings are tightened appropriately, that the machine functions correctly, that there are no leaks, and many other things along the way. Throughout the course of an average day there are 3-4 trucks checked from top to bottom. Once they make it through the test process they are then either picked up by the dealers or they are delivered by our drivers. The suggestion for the test process would be to rearrange the building so that it could be done in more of an assembly line fashion. The way that it is currently done seems to slow down the process. There are 3 different doors that the trucks need to pull into and back out of. It seems like a good idea so far, but the problem is that 2 of the 3 doors that the trucks need to back out of are adjoined with other areas. If there is a vehicle from the other areas in the way the truck in test has to wait, sometimes for hours, until they have a clear space. If the trucks could just pull in one door and then move forward to the next location until they have run through each of the steps involved in the test process that would eliminate the problem of having to wait for other areas to get out of the way for the next process in the

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