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Theory of constraint, identifying the constraint

  • 1.  Theory of constraint, identifying the constraint

    Posted 12 days ago
    Dear members,

    I would like to receive some additional explanation on why my answer choice does not fit the following:

    Fact pattern:    Below is data concerning the hours spent by a manufacturer's two products in its two processes.
    Product           Process 1        Process 2
    A                             20                  10
    B                             30                    5
    Question:  What is the constraint?
    Answer choices:
    A      Product B in process 1
    B      Cannot be determined from the information given.
    C      Process 1
    D      Product A

    My answer choice and consideration: Answer choice B, cannot be determined from the information given. Because to determine the constraint one should know the capacity of both processes.

    Correct answer and explanation: Answer choice C, Process 1, because according to the theory of constraints analysis, the constraint operation is the slowest part of the process. In this case, process 1 requires the most total time.

    Krind regards,
    Leandra Tel


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    Leandra Tel
    [open to work]
    Arnhem
    Netherlands
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  • 2.  RE: Theory of constraint, identifying the constraint

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hello,

    Identify the contribution per unit per constraint. Which is the highest, we should select in that order .

    In case of this question where only this much information is provided, theory of constraint says which is the constraint which causes highest problem....In this case, process 1 takes most of the time...hence process one is the answer .

    Thanks,
    Kiran





  • 3.  RE: Theory of constraint, identifying the constraint

    Posted 8 days ago
    Hello Kiran,

    Thank you for taking the time to help.
    Very much appreciated.

    Kind regards,
    Leandra

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    Leandra Tel
    [open to work]
    Arnhem
    Netherlands
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