“Having visibility of the constraint allows for the operations team to make calculated decisions that will provide the greatest benefit to the supply chain.”
Identify Critical Areas Of The Process
Develop Simple Measures Of Effectiveness
Construct Simple Visuals That Rank Each Critical Area
Communicate Results And Areas Requiring Attention
To develop a suitable constraint utilisation model that would actively monitor and measure the constraint within the facility.
In order to identify the current bottleneck and to hand back control to management by being able to plan ahead in determining where to focus available capital expenditure.
To increase throughput via the implementation of automatic control, reducing variability and human error.
This was done by developing the constraint utilisation model through bench marking each area of the plant against the available capacity.
Periodically, each area would be compared and utilisation measurement calculated.
On top of this, a new category for “underutilised” was also included to show period when all areas of the plant were being underutilised.
Using these calculations, a live visualisation was developed that summarised the percentage of time each area was considered the constraint of the plant.
This information was then able to be displayed for current shift, previous shift and the last 24 hours.
With the constraint utilisation information now readily available the client’s management team were able to effectively determine which key areas of the plant would provide the greatest return on investment.
It also provided the operations team with a suitable method of identifying the current bottleneck and being able to make on the spot decisions to help alleviate the issue.