Analysis of production constraints at NADEP Alameda: a TQL approach
Keas, David G.
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W. Edwards Deming introduced the idea of a systems approach to management as a means of looking at a network of processes as a whole. This thesis follows such an approach in looking at management systems, human factors, policies, causes of observed problems and production constraints, at the Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) powerplants division at Alameda, California. This thesis uses the Theory of Constraints as espoused by Eliyahu M. Goldratt, as the guiding theory for analyzing barriers to throughput. The analytical models were developed using linear programming and a queuing network. Throughout the thesis an approach of looking at the whole system first before focusing in on problem areas is used. Ideas for preparing depot level maintenance databases for further evaluation by computer analysis are given, as well as potential areas for improving the system under which the NADEP operates.
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