How to Maximize Your Production: Line Analysis
Each of these machines has its own efficiency, design rate, and throughput. However, the line is working as one group to operate. By performing a line analysis, you can pinpoint the machine with the lowest throughput that puts a constraint on the rest of the line.
In the case of the example wine production line, the filler has the slowest throughput. By adding an accumulator before and after the filler, bottles can be diverted at any time. So, suppose the labeler is down momentarily because it’s run out of labels or the capsular needs refilling. In that case, the filler can keep on running independently and divert products to the accumulator instead.