Applying the Theory of Constraints (TOC) to the Component Section of Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP), North Island
McNamara, David Joseph
D'Amato, Mark Anthony
McMasters, Alan W.
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Eliyahu M. Goldratt first introduced TOC as a means of managing and synchronizing repetitive manufacturing operations. This thesis explores the extent to which TOC management principles can be applied to a repair job shop within the Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) at North Island, San Diego, California. This thesis begins with a description of TOC and an overview of how the NADEP is organized. It continues with a description of how Shop 93302 (hydraulic component repair) operates in the depot. Against this backdrop, we discuss the extent to which TOC can be used to evaluate current repair policies and procedures within this shop. We also offer some ideas and suggestions for changing and improving existing operations and the probable effect these changes will have on production, inventory, and repair turn-around-time. We conclude that TOC is an effective means of implementing and focusing continual improvements in Shop 93302 and ultimately in the depot as a whole.
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