In this podcast episode, we cover the reasons for controls associated with a bottleneck operation, and where they should be placed. Key points made are:
Control the bottleneck by focusing on enhancing utilization.
Track the proportion of downtime caused by maintenance (acceptable) and everything else (unacceptable).
Should only produce what is planned; no overages allowed.
Track scrap occurring downstream from the bottleneck, since this represents wasted bottleneck production time.
Track all instances of buffer decline, and what caused each one.
Monitor sprint capacity levels upstream from the bottleneck.
Track the number of production jobs released into the system.
Track the number of days supply on hand of essential raw materials.