What is a bottleneck?


It is the tool that identifies which part of the manufacturing process limits the overall performance to, in this way, improve the performance of this particular part.

The bottleneck, therefore, are those activities that reduce or slow down production processes, increasing waiting times and reducing productivity, which in turn generates a higher final cost of the product.

For the improvement of the system and the elimination of these problems, the organization must identify the main causes for which this is generated. These causes are as follows:

- Lack of materials:

A production process requires resources and machines in favorable conditions, which is why it is necessary to carry out the correct inventory to know which elements are faulty, and thus avoid delays in the process and increase costs.

- Badly prepared staff:

Every process and organization must have an efficient and prepared staff that will make the processes advance jointly. Otherwise, this can cause us as a company a number of economic and human losses.

- Lack of warehouses:

Many companies find themselves with the problem of storage of the products they manufacture due to lack of space.

To avoid this type of problem, it is recommended to install intermediate storages between the processes where a "bottleneck" can occur and to avoid that the material is not lost and wasted causing economic losses.

- Administrative disinterest:

The administrators and directors of the company must be informed of the production processes and of the possible problems that may arise in order to avoid or solve such setbacks and losses.

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