Angel Pottery Case Paper

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Angel Pottery has primarily focused on producing serving bowls and sugar bowls for customers. The company is eager to launch a new product which will be mugs. This new product was selected largely due to customer interest for this type of product. The goal is to produce 25 mugs per week. The estimated cycle time of each product is twenty one days from beginning of production to distribution to customer.
Focusing on the production of five mugs per shift and running one shift per day during a five day work week might result in a bottleneck during the firing phase of production. This could happen because the potter can produce more mugs per week than can be fired in one kiln firing. The kiln can hold three shelves of four mugs for a total of twelve
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According to Vorne, “The Theory of Constraints is a methodology for identifying the most important limiting factor (i.e. constraint) that stands in the way of achieving a goal and then systematically improving that constraint until it is no longer the limiting factor. In manufacturing, the constraint is often referred to as a bottleneck” (2016). As the WIP collects on inventory shelves, there is greater evidence that the kiln firing process is a bottleneck for production. This constraint in the process could be alleviated by adding an additional kiln to the firm. Anjoran stated, “One way to reduce the impact of bottlenecks is to Adding capacity by increasing resources (men, machines…) – this is often done best with inexpensive, low-tech, low-complexity equipment that will be down less often than a complex, high-tech solution”
(2016). In the case of Angel Pottery, the purchase of a second kiln (low-tech resource) could help to alleviate the bottleneck that exists due to limited space kiln space. Lean management could be applied to increase productivity and improve cycle times. With the constraint of firing space alleviated by capital expenditure on a second kiln, pull from the customer or demand will drive production. This Kanban will help to orchestrate when and how much inventory should be
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