Production

So, You Think You Know ‘The Goal’…

We’re sure you have come across the best-selling business novel ‘The Goal’ by Eli Goldratt and how its principles can be applied to production environments (if you haven’t you can request a free copy here). But don’t be fooled – Goldratt’s Five Focusing Steps can be applied anywhere in any organisation to improve flow and

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Pharmaceutical Manufacture: Dealing with Limited Capacity

Since the 1980s, Goldratt UK has worked with many pharmaceuticals organisations – both in clinical research and in API and dose production and packaging. The market has always been a challenging environment for pharmaceutical producers, the population is growing and demand is not decreasing; expectations of life and healthcare are going up. In less than twenty years, the number of people aged sixty-five

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Backlog? How to Prioritise Orders.

As the years have gone by, it’s no longer good enough to have 60% on-time delivery with relatively long lead-times… customers’ expectations of response and supply are becoming more and more demanding. Customers want your products sooner and sooner; they want it on-time. This puts real pressure on production environments. There are times where you

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Bottlenecks in Breweries: Don’t Run Dry!

Let’s talk about beer; or rather, let’s talk about making beer. Let’s talk about beer; or rather, let’s talk about making beer. Bottlenecks (no pun intended…) manifest in all businesses, and breweries are no exception. Most organisations have a difficult time identifying their bottleneck but if you work in a brewery, you “should” find it

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Production Problems: Look for the Issue in Pre-Production

You have overdue orders. The shop floor is a mess. Overtime costs are too high. People are constantly screaming for urgent responses. You have production problems – right? Not always! The root of these problems might lie elsewhere, and you need to be able to identify the heart of the problem before you can take

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Improving Non-Bottlenecks: A Waste of Time and Money?

Direct your improvement initiatives toward the right areas If you’re looking to improve your business the first area that requires your attention is obviously the worst performing one. Except, it’s absolutely not; it should be your best performing. The machine or the department that is constantly busy and turning out a reasonably high output must

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