Applying theory of constraints to an aircraft remanufacturing line
Beck, James Michael.
Liao, Shu S.
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Theory of Constraints (ToC) is a production philosophy seeking to globally optimize the manufacturer's constraints to meeting his business objective. The constraints to the Department of Defense (DOD) Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) are: Unknown production resource requirements until aircraft disassembly and unscheduled production workloads due to unexpected high unit operational failure or unit modification. The thesis objective is to analyze the NADEP's remanufacturing process, determine areas that will benefit from the implementation of ToC, and then document managerial tools the depot level manager could use to globally optimize the remanufacturing process. The study focuses on the A-6 remanufacturing line at the NADEP, Alameda, CA. The thesis concludes ToC is a viable methodology, and with the use of Queuing Charts and Critical Resource Scheduling, the NADEP can meet its business objective of providing a cost effective remanufacturing capability to the DOD.
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