Chapter 17. Application of the Theory of Constraints in a Ceramic Plant

  1. William M. Carty
  1. Doug Gamble

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470294734.ch17

Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 23, Issue 2

Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 23, Issue 2

How to Cite

Gamble, D. (2002) Application of the Theory of Constraints in a Ceramic Plant, in Materials & Equipment/Whitewares: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 23, Issue 2 (ed W. M. Carty), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470294734.ch17

Author Information

  1. Saint-Gobain Advanced Ceramics Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375778

Online ISBN: 9780470294734

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Keywords:

  • theory of constraints;
  • ceramic plant;
  • employee work ethic;
  • customers expectations;
  • cost reduction

Summary

The objective of any company is to make money. Theory of constraints (TOC) is a continuous improvement tool that lets you look at your process with common sense, to make sure that your objective is realized. This presentation will give a brief description of TOC, covering areas such as drum /bufer/ rope, subordinating other services and employee work ethic. I will go through our planning and implementation of TOC, what we identified as our first constraints and what we did about them. Results to date are the development of a simple scheduling system that has allowed us to meet the customers expectations while reducing costs.