Shifting Bottlenecks in Production Control

  • G. Schuh
  • T. Potente
  • S. Fuchs
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Since Goldratt’s novel “The Goal” in 1984 the importance of bottlenecks has first been published, it is the subject of several research activities in the field of production control. Depending on the industry sector and their organizational structure in production, the consideration of bottlenecks within the production control concept can be very difficult. Particularly shifting bottlenecks are causing many problems as no sufficient concept for production structures with complex material flows has been developed so far. Therefore the latest research activities at the Laboratory of Machine Tools and Production Engineering of Aachen University focus on this kind of productions. Based on these several industrial case studies have been carried out for validation. The challenges and results will be described in the following.


Production control shifting bottlenecks job shop manufacturing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Schuh
    • 1
  • T. Potente
    • 1
  • S. Fuchs
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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